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From Peter Donald <>
Subject Where does forrest responsibility stop?
Date Tue, 19 Nov 2002 04:19:55 GMT

I would like to know where everyone believes forrests responsibility ends. For 
example, in most projects I work on we have several bits of documentation 

* website (in scope)
* manual (in scope)

* announcements (50/50?)
 ie basically blocks of text ready to be cut-n-pasted 
 into email announcements or the various freshmeat 
 style directories.

* headers/footers for download directory (50/50?)
 ie basically snippets of html that are put at top
 or bottom of page in download directorys. See for example

* code doc presentation (out of scope?)
 ie javadoc sytle stuff gets spit out as xml and then forrest styles em

* report presentation (out of scope?)
 ie reports get prepared by some process and then forrest styles em 

I guess my question is how do we go about using one of these other systems.

* Do we integrate with ant/maven/centipede and then re-run forrest everytime 
one of those other docs need to be generated? (ie push)
* Do we get Cocoon to "suck" the data through ? (ie pull)
* Do we get some sort of incremental build?

something else?

BTW if you decide that headers/footers or announcements are in scope then I 
have some xsl sheets to convert across ;)


Peter Donald
| "Common sense is the collection of prejudices        |
|  acquired by age 18. " -Albert Einstein              |

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