Re: wiki's

Subject: Re: wiki's
From: "Simon North" <Simon -dot- North -at- quintiq -dot- com>
To: <xchaotic -at- gmail -dot- com>,<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 22:01:44 +0100

Converting raw wiki code to XML can be achieved quite easily
using flex and some very elementary C code. Basically, once you've
got the main routine working, the flex part is a simple two-column text
table where the left column contains the wiki code you want to match
and the second column contains the XML/HTML code you want to transform
into. flex also has 'modes' so you can handle markup inside tables. The
thing I haven't been able to deal with satisfactorily is deeply nest
lists, but
fortunately these don't appear too often in 'normal' wiki pages.

Once it's in XML or HTML it's pretty trivial to pass it through XSLT to
it to any markup you want, or even Word (though I prefer using DSSSL for


I would be happy to provide code examples, with the caution that I am
not a
programmer so, even though it works, the code may not be particularly

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