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From "Charles Palmer" <>
Subject Re: Forrest available-skins only lists test* skins
Date Thu, 12 Aug 2004 12:09:08 GMT

Is there any guidance or advice on producing skins?

The comment in site2xhtml.xsl says this:

site2xhtml.xsl is the final stage in HTML page production.  It merges HTML
document2html.xsl, tab2menu.xsl and book2menu.xsl, and adds the site header,
footer, searchbar, css etc.  As input, it takes XML of the form:

  <div class="menu">
  <div class="tab">
  <div class="content">

It looks to me that the .xsl file then proceeds to grab content and generate
HTML - but it looks like other .xsl files also generate HTML and so are
therefore involved in the look and feel.

Is there any automated or documented way of creating the .xsl files from an
existing HTML website, or is it all hand-crafted? That is, can arbitrary
HTML design tools be used to produce good-looking site templates, which can
then transformed into .xsl files? Or do you have to be both an HTML guru and
XSL guru to make a new skin?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Clay Leeds" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, August 12, 2004 5:10 AM
Subject: Forrest available-skins only lists test* skins

> I was looking again for skins (seems to be a recurring theme[1] :-)),
> and couldn't find them when I ran the /forrest available-skins/
> command. It lists testskin & testskin2, but doesn't list the other
> skins which I believe should be 'available':
> # Specifies name of Forrest skin to use
> There's probably a reason it doesn't list these others, but I don't
> know what it is. I can understand why pelt-dev isn't listed, but don't
> understand why the others aren't listed with a brief description.
> Web Maestro Clay
> [1]

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