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Re: [docbook] Integrating DocBook with mySQL content...

> On Thu, 2005-04-21 at 13:04 -0500, wrote:
>> I am currently using FrameMaker to produce huge volumes of technical
>> documentation. I publish primarily to PDF at this point, and these files
>> get distributed through the web and several other methods.
>> Many of my publications are nearly identical except for specific product
>> specifications which reside in a mySQL database. So, it's an ideal
>> environment to match a template with specifications being pulled from
>> the
>> database and integrated into the text.
>> I haven't touched DocBook yet, but I'm wondering if there is a DocBook
>> or
>> other XML-oriented solution available. I'm thinking along the lines of
>> creating one DocBook template and having variables within the template
>> that attaches to a datasource (mySQL in my case), and pull specs into
>> the
>> DocBook file. This would be my "Holy Grail" of solutions, especially if
>> I
>> could then output to HTML and PDF.
>> Any thoughts on possible solutions? If DocBook isn't a part of the
>> answer,
>> that's OK with me too. Are any of you aware of any other XML tools
>> available that do this type of thing aside from developing a custom PHP
>> application?
> This is a possibility, not a solution.
> Could XSLT, as part of your workflow,
> pick up the database boilerplate text, and use it with the docbook xslt,
> to provide your PDF output via xsl-fo?
> Either directly, or via some java interface to the database
> (says he, just having done a mysql to java piece today :-)
> regards DaveP

I have no clue about the XSLT possibility, but I'll certainly Google
around to see what I can learn about it. My knowledge/experience is very
limited in the realm of XML/SGML/DocBook, etc.; however I am reasonably
proficient with HTML, PHP, Coldfusion, and mySQL. I'm just beginning to
learn about the benefits of XML and the related technologies that enable
various solutions.

Wish me luck, there is a lot to learn. I appreciate your input.


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