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Subject: Re: building xml based database publishing ?
From: Cas Tuyn <Cas.Tuyn@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 10:47:55 +0100
Bjørn, We are currently migrating towards XML. A few pointers: - Which features of XML do you need? XML may be fashionable, but not worth the changeover from FM. In our case we are splitting up 8000 procedures into 80.000 sections, and then weed out all 'double' sections. An XML repository (database in peoplespeak) combines these sections into about 2000 XML procedures that are valid for all configurations, whereby the XML switches on or off certain sections depending on the configuration you are working on. This looks like a perfect setup for authors, but our management approved it only because it saved on translation costs (we calculated we have 60% redundant FM sections, so translation is 60% cheaper with XML for us). - Which editor and database? SGML and XML systems can be expensive because of the many dependencies you want to enforce, turning each system into a custom-built application. We chose Oracle iFS and Arbortext Epic editor, along with some custom programming for UI and links into databases for System and SW configuration and parts and tools. One snag we already found is that although we selected Epic as the editor because it also runs on Solaris, the Epic connector to Oracle iFS is not available under UNIX. Another one is that FM7 will arrive too late for us, but you may wait a little longer to preserve your investment in FM licenses. - DTD or schema? DTDs are SGML related, but also work in XML while the standardizing bodies finalize XML's schemas. The advantage of schemas is more control over the format of the data. We had to choose for DTD, but already prepared it to easily migrate to Schema once supported by the editor we chose. - If you go for web-only output, buy Illustrator 901 or 10, and turn all your graphics into SVG, the XML format for scalable vector graphics. Adobe also has the SVGviewer plugin for free to look at SVG files, but again not for UNIX or Linux. It is to be expected that SVG viewing capability will be picked up by the browsers, just like they adopted the PNG format. There is also a wealth of XML related info on Internet. Success, Cas Tuyn ASML > I have a number of manuals done in Framemaker. They are maintained > and updated regularly in several languages. I'd like to turn the > whole thing into xml based database publishing - but where to start ? > Can anyone help me out with some advice. > > At present there is no database - I only have the manuals which are > very stringently made in terms of formatting. ** To unsubscribe, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org ** ** with "unsubscribe framers" (no quotes) in the body. **