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From "Glenn McAllister" <>
Subject RE: documenting your build file
Date Thu, 19 Oct 2000 13:18:52 GMT

Using an XSL stylesheet is probably the easiest way to go.  And I'm pretty
sure you can locate comments relative to a particular element, but don't
quote me on that one.  I'll see if I can't come up with a basic XSL
stylesheet to do just that.

Glenn McAllister
Software Developer. IBM Toronto Lab, (416) 448-3805
"An approximate answer to the right question is better than the
right answer to the wrong question." - John W. Tukey

Please respond to; Please respond to

Subject:  RE: documenting your build file

Hmmm, this is an interesting idea.  I suppose the easiest way to do this
would be to create a new Ant Task that interprets a tag like <doc> or
<builddoc> and have the contents of that tag formatted into HTML or
format you want.

Alternatively, if Ant will tolerate having tags in build.xml that it
know about (my guess is it would not - is that correct?), then you could
include <doc> tags in your build.xml, then simply transform build.xml into
HTML (or whatever) using an XSL stylesheet.  Actually, can an XSL
recognize XML comments <!-- --> and transform them (sorry, I left my
book at work)?  If so, then you could just comment your build.xml normally
and transform it with such a stylesheet.

Sincerest regards,
Chris Todd
Software Engineer
Alabanza Corporation

-----Original Message-----
From: Julian M. Savage []
Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2000 4:16 AM
Subject: documenting your build file

Is there a way that I can easily generate documentation from my build file
for developers who use it? Basically what I want is javadoc like
functionality of some sort. Is there an easy way to do this somehow?



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