Debrief has been authored in DocBook XML version 5.0 using Oxygen V12. Version 6.5.2 of Saxon used version 1.76 of the Docbook XSL stylesheets and version 1.0 of fop to publish the document to PDF and HTML.

The majority of the text was originally imported from previous Debrief help-files, but the reviews conducted in the transfer to DocBook have resulted in many corrections and clarifications. Sharp Words provided a block of tidying/reformatting in Summer 2011, including an update of the sources to Docbook 5.0.