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Re: [docbook] Integrating DocBook with mySQL content...
> On Thu, 2005-04-21 at 13:04 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
>> database and integrated into the text.
>> I haven't touched DocBook yet, but I'm wondering if there is a DocBook
>> 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
>> DocBook file. This would be my "Holy Grail" of solutions, especially if
>> could then output to HTML and PDF.
>> Any thoughts on possible solutions? If DocBook isn't a part of the
>> 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
> 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
Wish me luck, there is a lot to learn. I appreciate your input.
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