RE: Creating Javahelp Inexpensively

Subject: RE: Creating Javahelp Inexpensively
From: "Bill Lawrence" <scribe -at- matrixplus -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2004 08:43:46 -0400


Tanya,

If you can transform your XML to Docbook (either to make it your primary
tagging vocabulary, or simply to use it as an intermediate step), you
can use the Modular Docbook Stylesheets. I have used the XSL versions
successfully for years to produce both JavaHelp and Oracle Help, as well
as HTML and HTML Help. Because they are open source, they are free.

They can be found at:

http://www.microsoft.com/products/expression/

Detailed instructions for their setup, use, and customization can be
found in Bob Stayton's wonderful book: Docbook XSL, the Complete Guide.

You can access the free HTML version here:

http://www.sagehill.net/docbookxsl/index.html

You can also purchase a PDF copy, which you can download.

By the way, Altova now has a "home edition" of their XMLSpy editor which
is both free and more than adequate for working with Docbook files. The
only catch is that in the home edition they've disabled the spell
checker, so you'll need to use an external spell checker.

Bill Lawrence

Senior Technical Writer
Matrix Solutions




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