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From scott hutinger <>
Subject Re: Configuring output plugins (was Re: [JIRA] Commented: (FOR-409) PDF: should be able to change font size and style in skinconf.xml)
Date Thu, 09 Dec 2004 17:50:59 GMT
Ross Gardler wrote:

> scott hutinger wrote:
>> Ross Gardler wrote:
>>> wrote:
>>> From FOR-409
> ...
>>> OK, so how do we configure output-plugins? Here is a suggestion to 
>>> get us started:
> ...
>> I think possibly another pdf plugin would need to be required when 
>> doing things like a 1 to 1 file mapping with changes going on per 
>> file.  I think a standard plugin for pdf output, and then someone may 
>> need to create another pdf output to do more specialized things.
> Sorry, I'm not following you. Are you suggesting that we create a 
> different plugin for every use case? Surely, a single configurable 
> plugin that covers the majority of use-cases would be more sensible.
> Sure, there may be advanced use cases requiring editing of stylesheets 
> and the like, but that it poweruser stuff. For the maojoority of users 
> a configurable plugin would be just fine.
No, it's just that some PDF's might need to be handled differently than 
the standard pdf.  I was thinking in terms of having a documentation 
build in with the website build.  Two (somewhat) different items.  Would 
the current pdf plugin allow some other process to be used in specific 
instances?   For instance if a  file  'doc1' that has a stylesheet 
associated with it, shouldn't the plugin use that stylesheet instead of 
the standard settings?  I'm a bit uncertain as to what method would be 
best.  I agree that normally 1 setting for the pdf generation would be 
the norm.  But in instances where it wouldn't be the norm, shouldn't it 
be easy for the user to have a file associated with what the pdf output 
would be for specific documents?

>> Or possibly settings for specific files(user supplied- or a list of), 
>> and a default setting.  Possibly choose you pdf output such as skin 
>> for the default output.
> I'm totally lost here I'm afraid, could you explain some more.
I think the automatic over-ride of the standard plugin with 'this 
document has a stylesheet associated with it' would make everything work 
without needing another pdf-stylesheet plug in.  Although I may be 
wrong.  Should it be associated with another plugin?  I'm uncertain.  Or 
is this way out of line?


> Ross

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