Re: Easy-to-use (author in) XHTML tool sought

Subject: Re: Easy-to-use (author in) XHTML tool sought
From: Chris <cud -at- telecable -dot- es>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2001 11:01:00 +0200

There may not be any beast that creates markup fragments, but why should that stop you? I don't see how you can get the benefit of validation unless you are validly writing to a DTD - hence the need for something the application considers a complete document. You could take one of two approaches, or a combination of the two...

Create a custom DTD that represents only the fragment you need... Make <body> the root element, and specify everything within it. You could probably modify your existing DTD rather easily to pull out the parents of <body>. As you edit the "fragment" using that DTD makes the application think it's a complete document.

Use the full DTD, but modify the SGML export/import. Believe me, every WYSIWYG editor, in one way or another, transforms the the markup representation into a binary representation - either in memory (typical for browsers), in a temp file (ArborText???), or in a "native format" file (FrameMaker+SGML, for example). Use the product's API to catch that process, and on Save, only save the fragment you want - on Open, wrap the fragment in a template of parent structure.

I don't think this is unusual... I have participated in projects that managed fragments, and assembled them in books. Your biggest issue will be finding a WYSIWYG system that generates truly unique IDREFS for all these fragments - you will need to keep a database of serial numbers, or some such thing. That's where a Doc Management product enters into the picture...

Cheers cud
Chris Despopoulos, maker of CudSpan Freeware...
Plugins to Enhance FrameMaker & FrameMaker+SGML
My URL and address have both changed - please use:
cud -at- telecable -dot- es


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