Use of XLST to clean up MadCap HTML; RE: Unadulterated Flare HTML/XML output

Subject: Use of XLST to clean up MadCap HTML; RE: Unadulterated Flare HTML/XML output
From: "Porrello, Leonard" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>
To: 'Mark Giffin' <mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2011 21:26:52 +0000

As far as I can tell, you can use XSLT only to convert/transform XML files, so I am not sure how it would work for Flare or Flare output. Help? Anyone?

-----Original Message-----
From: Porrello, Leonard
Sent: Monday, August 08, 2011 9:10 AM
To: 'Mark Giffin'
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Unadulterated Flare HTML/XML output

Thanks for the tip, Mark. We want to use Flare to single-source end user docs as well as content for an online "portal." In the end user docs MadCap tags are not a problem, but the content in the portal cannot have MadCap tags.

I'd not heard of XSLT before you sent your note, so I hope you forgive the naiveté of my question. Would you do the "identity transform" on normal generated WebHelp output?


-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Giffin [mailto:mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net]
Sent: Saturday, August 06, 2011 8:23 PM
To: Porrello, Leonard
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Unadulterated Flare HTML/XML output

Leonard,

I see what you mean, but I guess I wouldn't call those proprietary,
because they use a standard XML namespace:
xmlns:MadCap="http://www.madcapsoftware.com/Schemas/MadCap.xsd";. Of
course, MadCap does not provide the full schema if you wanted to
validate their files in a real XML editor (I've tried to get the schema
over the last couple years), so maybe they are proprietary. If you want
to see real proprietary HTML, go back to the old RoboHelp days.

Anyway, you could use XSLT to remove the MadCap stuff. I don't think it
would be real complicated if you knew XSLT. I would use an "identity
transform" to copy the entire contents of the file, plus a few templates
to snuff out the MadCap bits.

Why do you need to remove them?

Mark Giffin
http://www.markgiffin.com


On 8/5/2011 12:25 PM, Porrello, Leonard wrote:
> There's the header info:
>
> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
> <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd";>
> <html xmlns:MadCap="http://www.madcapsoftware.com/Schemas/MadCap.xsd"; MadCap:lastBlockDepth="7" MadCap:lastHeight="211" MadCap:lastWidth="808" MadCap:disableMasterStylesheet="true" MadCap:tocPath="" MadCap:medium="OLH" MadCap:InPreviewMode="false" MadCap:PreloadImages="false" MadCap:RuntimeFileType="Topic" MadCap:TargetType="WebHelp" lang="en-us" xml:lang="en-us" MadCap:PathToHelpSystem="../../../../" MadCap:HelpSystemFileName="Default.xml" MadCap:SearchType="Stem">
>
> And then there is inline stuff:
>
> <td class="AutoNumber_p_Bullet1" MadCap:autonum="&lt;span style=&quot;color: #b7b7b7;&quot; class=&quot;mcFormatColor&quot;&gt;*&lt;/span&gt;" valign="top"><b>Coordinates</b> based on start and stop bp range for chromosomes</td>
>
> <p class="TblTitle" MadCap:conditions="" MadCap:autonum="Table 47&#160;&#160;" MadCap:xrefTargetName="Table_47_&#160;&#160;Manage_Targets_Tab_Options"><a MadCap:generatedBookmark="ListOf" name="Table_47_&#160;&#160;Manage_Targets_Tab_Options"></a><span class="autonumber"><span class="KeyColorBold">Table 47&#160;&#160;</span></span>Manage Targets Tab Options</p>
>
> <script type="text/javascript" src="../../../SkinSupport/MadCapBodyEnd.js">
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: techwr-l-bounces+lporrello=illumina -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+lporrello=illumina -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Robert Lauriston
> Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2011 3:35 PM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: Unadulterated Flare HTML/XML output
>
> Such as what? Looking at the HTML files in the Content directory of my
> Flare 7.1 WebHelp output, I don't see any proprietary tags.
>
> On Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 2:07 PM, Porrello, Leonard
> <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com> wrote:
>> Does anyone know how to get HTML or XML files out of Flare that are free from proprietary Flare tags?
>

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References:
Anyone out there working with browser-based help with Japanese text?: From: Wroblewski, Victoria
Unadulterated Flare HTML/XML output: From: Porrello, Leonard
Re: Unadulterated Flare HTML/XML output: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: Unadulterated Flare HTML/XML output: From: Porrello, Leonard
Re: Unadulterated Flare HTML/XML output: From: Mark Giffin
RE: Unadulterated Flare HTML/XML output: From: Porrello, Leonard

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