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Subject: RE: [docbook-apps] Re: [docbook] DocBook and Google Summer of Code ?

Just throwing one idea out there for this project:
Upgrade the refdb-lite code to take it from DocBook 4.6 using DTDs to DocBook 5 using RelaxNG. 

The code started as part of RefDB proper and "lightened" by Doug du Boulay.
The sourceforge site is here:

"Pure XSLT 1 based formatting of bibliographies and citations in DocBook XMLdocuments. Bibliographic data can be accessed either from a real RefDB database, or from an XML data file."

The refdb-lite XSLT code base is in good shape and it provides a simple method of using straight XSLT1.0 to create bibliographies and can create different citation methods for html (author-year for one example). Additionally, it can use a raw DocBook bibliography and does not require a RefDB database setup (although it can use one if needed).

It's a solid place to start with some obvious modifications that are needed and the scope can be kept to fit in with the Summer of Code time frame.

I'm biased since I have a docbook system that requires author-year citations. However, it does seem to me that DocBook would benefit from a simple and straightforward way to create bibliographies that could be folded back into the DocBook stylesheets; a method that requires no extra setup, just using DocBook bibliography collection and XSLT (1.0).

Any comments? Would such a project benefit enough users?

--Tim Arnold

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stefan Seefeld [mailto:seefeld@sympatico.ca]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 7:48 PM
> To: docbook@lists.oasis-open.org; DocBook Apps Mailing List
> Subject: [docbook-apps] Re: [docbook] DocBook and Google Summer of Code ?
> Mid-december I sent a mail to this list, suggesting that DocBook applies
> to participate in Google's "Summer of Code" program.
> A couple of people followed up with interest and ideas, so I'd like to
> send out a little note with some details.
> Google just sent out this:
> http://groups.google.com/group/google-summer-of-code-
> discuss/browse_thread/thread/d839c0b02ac15b3f?pli=1
> The most important bit is this:
> "We will begin accepting application from
> would-be mentoring organizations beginning March 8th at approximately
> 19:00 UTC, with applications closing on March 12th at 23:00 UTC. "
> I would like to suggest that, as a start, we collect project ideas on
> the wiki. (I was going to do that, then realized that the pages I looked
> at where marked immutable. May be I'm just lacking enough karma to edit
> them. Can someone help ? A new "GSoCIdeas" page would be a good start !)
> Thanks,
>          Stefan
> --
>        ...ich hab' noch einen Koffer in Berlin...
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