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From "bill/wilandra" <>
Subject RE: Generating PDF documentation .
Date Fri, 03 Mar 2006 17:41:06 GMT
Has anyone considered converting the docs to Forrest? Forrest is XML based
and uses Ant for its process control. Possibly coupling Forrest with
AntDoclet will yield both the web site and the PDF that is desired. Of
course, this does not preclude the important step that Daniel mentioned "You
have to add meaningful information into your sources first", but, it may
help some.

I just started using Forrest for some of my web site work. You do not have
to convert all files to XML in the first pass. Forrest takes existing HTML
files for content as well as XML files. It will also pull in files from
whatever source you specify (I think, I have not tried this). I do link to
JavaDoc generated files from the XML files and that works. Forrest relies on
a sitemap file that maps virtual file names to real file names. Each page in
the documentation can have a PDF button on it that links to the PDF version
of the page. An example of a site generated with Forrest is One thing I am not excited about is how
long it has been taking the site to come up in my browser. I don't know the
cause of the slow down yet but it started happening when I switched to
Forrest. I am sure it is something that can be solved with just a SMOP.

Documentation for Forrest is located at


-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Lindner [] 
Sent: Friday, March 03, 2006 7:25 AM
To: Ant Users List
Subject: Re: Generating PDF documentation .

Steve Loughran wrote:

> wrote:
>> Hi ,
>>         Would like to know , how to generate the PDF documentation 
>> similar to what is found in ANT docs (appendix_e.pdf) .

The second step in this process, extracting information from the task
sources, can be done with the AntDoclet tool:
You have to add meaningful information into your sources first, though.

The AntDoclet comes with XSL-Skripts to convert to HTML. Perhaps its
possible to add another conversion step from HTML to PDF or convert directly
into PDF.

I'm very happy with my generated HTML-Taskdoc. Consider asking Fernando (the
AntDoclet author) for the most current version. :)


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