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Subject: Re: [docbook] Standard schema or format for product sheet
You might be better asking on the xsl list (mulberrytech) - a more general xslt list. HTH On Thu, 15 Oct 2020 at 08:57, Vincent Bouttard <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > Hello Peter, > > Thank you for your answer. > > I'm working in a telescope dealer company in France. But I think that my > question is not specific to telescopes and astronomical items. this is > the case for all technical products, or generally all products (mainly > durable goods) which are sold over the Internet with E-Commerce > plateforms, from clothes to toasters. > > For many years, I wrote many product sheets about telescopes, > binoculars, accessories and all those product sheets look the same > structurally from a product to an other (short description, long > description, table of specifications and so on). And it could be applied > to other selling field like clothes, shoes, washing machines or > perfumes, perhaps with some little adjustment, from a dealer point of view. > So, I'm surprised not to find an XML "standard" for a "dealer" product > sheet. This is strange because all e-commerce platforms like Magento, > Prestashop, Wix (open-source) or Amazon, Aliexpress (closed systems) > organize their product sheets in the same way even in their databases > (at least for the open source ones). > > We have changed our e-business engine four times in my company, to > adjust our needs and our growth. Everytime, I had to format the product > sheets differently because the HTML output format for the new platform > was different (other HTML tags, other HTML attributes...). Reinventing > the wheel. > > So, in my opinion, XML is the best way to build "universal" product > sheets, due to its flexibility and the possibility to quickly and easily > convert XML document to another format for web or print purposes. And > DocBook is the best format I found for now to do that. > > Vincent > > > > Le 14/10/2020 Ã 17:36, Peter Flynn a Ãcrit : > > On 14/10/2020 13:57, Vincent Bouttard wrote: > >> Hi all, I'm currently working in a company which sells technical > >> products through multiple distribution channels (shop, dealers and > >> e-shop) and I'm writing most of the product sheets. > > > > Are you able to say in what field of technology this is? > > > >> I would like to know if there is a standard or an existing schema to > >> format a product sheet in XML. I have created my own one few years > >> ago but I'm currently using DocBook to do that. It works fine but if > >> there is a "universal" and wide-used format for product sheet (with > >> schema and XSL/XSL-FO style sheets), I will consider to use it > >> instead of DocBook. > > > > We have done several for individual manufacturers over the years, in > > several different fields, but they have been bespoke proprietary > > layouts. I'm not aware of any global standard that covers everything, > > so if there is one, I'm missing something. > > > > There are certainly standards in specific industries (pharmaceuticals, > > chemistry, food, and others) with safety-related international > > standards which mandate many aspects of size, shape, and appearance > > for data sheets, like the Nutritional Information block on foodstuffs. > > These are usually mandatory, so it's an offence in law to do it wrong > > :-) There is ISO GUIDE 31:2015 "Reference materials" which is not a > > standard but a guide to how the information can be treated. > > > > There are also design trends over time: what was thought to be a very > > suitable product sheet in 1970 is possibly very different from what a > > designer would produce in 2020 (or maybe not â who knows?). > > > > But none of these would reference markup in any way, just appearance > > AFAIK. > > > > Peter > > > > --------------------------------------------------------------------- > > To unsubscribe, e-mail: email@example.com > > For additional commands, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org > > > > > > > -- > Optique Unterlinden > 5, rue Jacques Daguerre > F-68000 Colmar > Phone : +33 3 89 24 16 05 > Fax : +33 3 89 29 33 10 > > > --------------------------------------------------------------------- > To unsubscribe, e-mail: email@example.com > For additional commands, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org > -- Dave Pawson XSLT XSL-FO FAQ. Docbook FAQ.