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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Extend supported output formats

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Hi Gihan,
So you're free to submit whatever proposal you want for a GSoC
project. The items on the ideas pages are just starting points that
various people jotted down. Some are more worked up than others, but
you're free to change based on your interests, feedback, community
interest, and so on.

In the case of building an apk from DocBook, much of the source for
the apk will be generated from DocBook at build time. I would look
around for some .apk books and see how close the html and other
internal resources are to .epub. If a .apk book is very close to
.epub, then it should be a pretty easy task to turn the .epub you
currently get from DocBook into a .apk file. If that's the case, you
would want to find other stuff to add to the proposal so you have
enough to do over the summer.

We should also ask the other mentors if any are interested in this
project and what their thoughts are. I'm hoping they'll chime in.


On 03/21/2012 08:34 AM, gihan karunarathne wrote:
> Hi Richard, Hi David :
> I highly appreciate your support for my post. It was a mighty 
> encouragement for me to motivate towards the project idea of
> "Extend supported output formats".
> I also think, DocBook community is going to take a good step with 
> expanding its content towards the Android and iPad etc which can
> be consider as convergence technologies. I read some about epub
> extension which is already as xsl sheets in DocBook. Also epub [0]
> is a zip format file type with a predefined content and it used
> XHTML for its conversion as like webhelp. Is it good method to
> follow the implementation of epub or webhelp to get an idea about
> this project idea ?. Are there any suggestions ?. I highly 
> appreciate those guidance at this movement.
> David; I also saw that applicant/s can to choose at-least two
> output formats(preferred) to work on Google Summer of Code under
> this idea. But the idea page seems to be changed its content. I try
> to understand the idea with Android which I familiar more than
> others and enthusiastic. Then it will give me good foundation to
> move into one of another or may be more than one. Thank you very
> much David to address it here.
> I search for some resource to get some idea about Android file
> format '.apk'. As I understood, when I create a Android
> application, I have to maintain in my program's code such as
> assets, manifest, resources, packaged java classes etc... When I'm
> going to host my application, it should be distributed in the .apk
> format. To create a Android file, first the files in source are
> compiled, and then all of its parts are packaged into one file. So,
> APK means set zipped jar files [1]. Please, correct me if I'm
> heading to a wrong path.
> I'm think, it is better to understand the APK format and General 
> Structure of an APK[2] will give me a good explanation on it. If
> some one can give documentation/articles explaining how can get
> into this project idea, it's highly appreciate.
> Thank you in Advance !.
> [0]. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPUB [1].
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APK_%28file_format%29 [2].
> http://forum.sdx-developers.com/index.php?topic=3472.0
> -- Regards
> Gihan Chanuka Karunarathne Department of Computer Science and
> Engineering
> University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka
> Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/gihanchanuka LinkedIn:
> http://lk.linkedin.com/pub/gihan-karunarathne/25/ba3/993

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