Re: wiki's

Subject: Re: wiki's
From: "Lech Rzedzicki" <xchaotic -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 21:07:12 +0100

You ask a very interesting question here, one that I was going to look into
for a while now, but never had time.
Moving between wiki and XML is certainly possible.
Now as for specific solution, one can either use the source of wiki entry,
that is test annotated with both HTML and (in case of MediaWiki)
wiki-specific markups (such as beginning the line with "o" to create a
bullet etc), or use generated HTML output of the wiki.
In the first scenario, some custom processing in a programming language
needs to be done to transform wiki entry to XHTML proper or directly to XML.
In the second scenario HTML is ready, but you have to somehow check what's
wiki entry and what's headers, menu etc. I'm not too sure if the generated
output is valid, strict XHTML.
In either case I would use XSLT to transform from HTML to XML, be it
DocBook, or your custom DTD/EDD, because that's the language for that very
I haven't had time to extensively test latest Framemaker ( 7.2) but it is
said to have a very decent XML support and going the other way around (from
Framemaker back to HTML should be even easier). I'm sure other users, more
experienced with FM, can elaborate.

> On 3/12/07, iFaqeer (SIA) <techdarwaish -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> >
> > We use MediaWiki (the software that powers the Wikipedia; see
> > for product info and
> > for the sample site) for an internal site that started out as our "way
> > for Applications Engineering to collect information" and has become
> > pretty much our main intranet site. Production information, planning,
> > reports, pretty much whatever anyone wants to use it for--even picture
> > galleries from trade shows and baby showers. And all without any
> > management push for it or anything--something one senior support
> > engineer set up (he's since become manager for Technical Marketing)
> > and then recruited me to help with (I am a Wikipedia contributor and
> > general wikiaholic) and it's slowly been adopted across the board.
> >
> > However, for unrelated reasons, I'd like ask something, too: one hears
> > about the possibility of exporting XML-based structured information
> > from a wiki and then importing it into structured FrameMaker and
> > making books. Has anyone done anything like that? Or just exporting
> > content from a wiki and reusing it?
> >
> > Lech Rzedzicki

Lech Rzedzicki

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