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From siss...@insession.com
Subject Re: Derby documentation in XML DITA
Date Mon, 06 Dec 2004 22:51:54 GMT
> 
> I have an idea that may just solve most if not all of
> these issues.  We can use Eclipse.
> 
> Check out the Cloudscape version of the help:
> http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/cldscp10/index.jsp
> 
> That entire site was created using Eclipse's help
> system package.  To learn more about creating an
> Eclipse help system, read about it here:
> 
> http://dev.eclipse.org/viewcvs/index.cgi/~checkout~/org.eclipse.
> platform.doc.isv/reference/misc/help_standalone.html?rev=1.26.2.2
> 
> And to deploy a help system on the web:
> 
> http://dev.eclipse.org/viewcvs/index.cgi/~checkout~/org.eclipse.
> platform.doc.isv/reference/misc/help_infocenter.html?rev=1.27.2.2
> 
> Long story short, we could host it on the Derby site
> using an Apache http server.  I'm not good with the
> technical aspects of this, so hopefully someone can
> read up on whether the requirements for hosting this
> would be allowed by Apache.
> 
> But if we can, then all we have to do is use
> saxon/cocoon to output xhtml from the DITA (I've
> already tested that with success), as well as create
> an XML nav tree from the ditamap, also using
> saxon/cocoon (again, tested successfully), and then
> throw those into an eclipse help system plugin.  The
> result would be almost exactly what you see on the
> Cloudscape infocenter.  We'd have full advanced
> pre-indexed search on all the docs at once, a much
> more advanced nav tree, and once we set it up and take
> a look at how related links work within the system, we
> could modify the dita files to add links between the
> docs where needed.  We'd still have PDF docs for those
> who want them, of course.
> 
> I took the liberty of throwing my tested xhtml and and
> xml nav tree into a plugin and testing it locally, and
> it looked alright.
> 
> Does this sound like it could work?
> 
> Jeff

Sounds like an option, although it means that everyone has to install 
another program to read the manuals. I agree we would still want the PDFs 
so the manuals can be printed.

How big would a minimal configuration for stand-alone help be?  Hoping it 
isn't too heavy weight..

John

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