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General comments and suggestions
- To: ldp-discuss <>
- Subject: General comments and suggestions
- From: Kim Lester <>
- Date: Wed, 03 May 2000 01:50:50 +1000
- Organization: Datafusion Systems Pty Ltd
- Resent-Date: Tue, 2 May 2000 11:52:04 -0400 (EDT)
- Resent-Message-ID: <FFBL3D.A.17E.CmvD5@murphy>
Some thoughts, bear with me if I am saying something
silly obvious or already done. I've been away for a awhile and
can't read all the old posts (now if we had a meta search... :-) )
1) The LDP site needs a simple "by topic" index for the HOWTOs.
Here there are several top levels
there could be one or two more. I'm happy to do this
manually but I think it would be better if we
used the meta-data abilities of SGML/XML to add
a couple of entities like <keyword> (I defer to those
who know better) to each document.
It would only take a couple of hours to do this for all
the doucments and it would be done for all time.
Then all we do is write a simple perl script (etc)
(eg using associative arrays). We could do a full
permuted index quite simply (any maybe that should be
an option) but for the main web page we might just
limit it to a few well chosen categories.
Hmmm bedtime, 2) etc will have to wait...
Question: I'm getting old :-) and would like a "nice"
SGML environment - ie one that deals in SGML DocBook
structures but has some WYSI_Approx_WYG to make
the structure stand out rather than the syntax.
Lyx sounds like it partially fits the requirements
but it appears not to do DocBook properly (???)
The thought of emacs doesn't wildly enthuse me.
Should I be sitting down and writing a GUI XML/Docbook
editor for us all, or should I go and *shock horror* buy
one for myself or is there something in the works
already that someone knows of ?
P.S. M$ Word has an SGML output translator called SGML
Author 1.2. It isn't cheap (around USD500) but I
thought some might like to know. No I don't like
word but a lot of tech docs are written in it because
that's what corporate IT depts impose on tech depts.
I might be getting at least an eval copy of this.
If someone wants any .doc -> .sgml conversions
(eg Security guide) let me know and I'll see what I
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