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Subject: RE: [docbook-apps] Processing DocBook XSL with PHP

Dear Larry,
We are currently working on an php online application (prototype,
currently not open source) to transform DocBook to HTML and PDF etc. I'm
no expert on the technical details of php, but I guess my developer(s)
are using phing which is very similar to ANT. We are also making heavily
use of xincludes, xpath, AJAX etc.
Best wishes.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Larry Garfield [mailto:larry@garfieldtech.com] 
> Sent: Donnerstag, 14. Juni 2007 04:16
> To: docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: [docbook-apps] Processing DocBook XSL with PHP
> Hi all.  I have a DocBook / DocBook XSL project that I've 
> been maintaining for a number of years.  The build toolchain 
> is the usual Java/Apache suspects: 
> Saxon, Xerces, XIncluder, ant.  Unfortunately, it seems every 
> time I sneeze I run into some sort of brokenness with class 
> paths or something not being the right version or who knows 
> what else, and not being a Java person it always takes me 
> forever to fix it.  This time rather than trying to fix it I 
> want to try replacing it.
> Has anyone here used PHP for processing DocBook?  PHP 5 
> supports native XSL transformations[1], and apparently can 
> process XInclude statements[2].  It also sometimes has EXSLT 
> support[3].  Googling, I've found a few references to some 
> people processing DocBook with PHP, but nothing on how they 
> actually did it.  All of the PHP/XSLT stuff I've found is 
> trivial intro code examples.
> The main things I need are:
> - XInclude support.
> - Multi-file output.  Right now I'm using the <?dbhtml ?> 
> directive to control that, but I am willing to change that if 
> it makes it easier/possible.
> - Something that involves fewer than 15 components that break 
> every time it rains. :-)
> Does anyone have any practical experience they are able to 
> share?  This is all offline processing on my own system.
> -- 
> Larry Garfield			AIM: LOLG42
> larry@garfieldtech.com		ICQ: 6817012
> "If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all 
> others of exclusive property, it is the action of the 
> thinking power called an idea, which an individual may 
> exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but 
> the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the 
> possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess 
> himself of it."  -- Thomas Jefferson
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