KDE 4 Development book

Frans Englich frans.englich at telia.com
Sat Nov 13 12:33:57 GMT 2004

On Friday 12 November 2004 22:58, Eric Laffoon wrote:
> On Friday 12 November 2004 08:35 am, Andras Mantia wrote:
> > On Friday 12 November 2004 18:05, Frans Englich wrote:
> > > Back to editors; right, there is a general lack of open source XML
> > > editors(but many good, cross-platform, proprietary ones), I have some
> > > vague memory of Quanta though. I guess the solution is to simply
> > > write open source ones..
> >
> > Once I make Quanta work with entities it should be quite OK for editing
> > complex docbook. You can already do it, but it doesn't help with
> > entities. But it can be set up to validate the document structure as
> > you type and run other validators from inside.
> >
> > Andras
> It can also contain a complete set of templates, markup abreviations and
> scripted automation. Carlos Woelz has also created DocBook toolbars. In
> addition to this Paulo Moura Guedes is now involved full time in VPL
> development with one of the tasks on his do list to enable an XSL
> translation layer. This would in theory enable visual editing of DocBook
> files with an HTML representation. Quanta projects can also include
> internal documentation and other resources too.

I thought about GUI editing by reverse mapping an XSL transform, but I quickly 
discarded it as a horror to implement.. :) Another way of doing GUI Docbook 
editing is to use the Docbook CSS; Docbook XML directly rendered via CSS. The 
result is very nice and can be used in production, as long as it's simple(no 
index, footnotes, etc, articles typically works fine).


However, when editing Docbook, the simpleness is probably enough, the user 
have a file with chapter, section or similar as document root, and what's of 
interest is basic rendering. CSS is also a lot more lighter and the DOM of 
the rendering would be identical to the source doc.

I have no idea, I'm just throwing the idea out.

> One of my objectives for years has been making the visual creation of KDE
> documentation an easy task so that more people will enjoy it and
> contribute. We would be very interested in assisting in resource
> development for using Quanta in such an effort.

Sounds interesting, definitely something we should keep in our back heads and 
coordinate when possible.


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