Subject: Re: DOCBOOK-APPS: Docbook for individual layout senseless ?
On Thu, Feb 07, 2002 at 06:25:43PM +0100, Holger Prause wrote: > Hello, > > I want to discuss the advantage and disadvantag of docbook with u because i > have to descide if i should take FO(without stylesheet) or Docbook(with > stylesheet) as XML Printing document. > > Out company has a list of customers which should be printed as a list(with > all > information to the customer) for our support(for a fast lookup). > > The data to the customers comes from a Java Bean.So far so good. > Now i see 2 solution for generating the list(in pdf). > > 1. I tranform the data to docbook and then i write a stylesheet for that > docbook document > > 2. I directly tranform the data to FO > > > When i thought about solution 1 ,i discovered a problem.Imagine i have the > following information(From the JavaBean) about the customer > > Name and Decription > > I would tranform this to docbook and the resulting docbook document would > look > like this: > > <article> > <para>Name: Customername</para> > <para>Description: Customerdescription</para> > </article> > > > Now (for example)the name should be red and the description green.But how do > i > know from which is name and which is Desription, i have only <para></para> > Tags !(the information got lost) I dont want to use any string-functions. > > Every docbook has an id attribute.I could use that attribute to identify the > > paragraph afterwards but this would mean that every part that should have an > > individual layout(sometime just a single word or sentence) must be placed in > a > own <para></para>Element or in an "indivual" tag(i have to modify the dtd > then).The other thing is that the stylesheet becomes more and more > complicated > for every single word that must have an individual color. > > So docbook is for individual layout sensless or am i wrong?. I mean companys > > like oreilly uses docbook and many documentations were made in docbooc.But > documentations have mostly the same layout(every paragraphs are black, etc.) > so > it would be usefull to use docbooc then. > > Has anyone of u used docbooc yet(in projects) ? > > What your opiniom about that ?, It seems that Docbook is not a good fit for your data. Why not create your own elements, such as <customername>, <customerdescription>, etc., and then write a stylesheet to format those elements? There is no need to force your data into DocBook elements. Bob Stayton 400 Encinal Street Publications Architect Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Technical Publications voice: (831) 427-7796 Caldera International, Inc. fax: (831) 429-1887 email: email@example.com
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