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From "Gav...." <>
Subject RE: Create Pages for Forrest
Date Thu, 12 Oct 2006 12:05:48 GMT

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sjur Moshagen []
> Sent: Thursday, 12 October 2006 5:42 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Create Pages for Forrest
> Hello,
> Den 12. okt. 2006 kl. 12.11 skrev Markus Flach:
> >
> >> hi there
> >>
> >> can somebody tell me with is the best way to create documents for
> >> to publish
> >> with forrest.
> >> at the moment i'm creating my documents with openoffice and than i
> >> save them
> >> as DocBook XML.
> >> and so i implement those documents in my forrest navigation.
> >>
> >> is there an other way i can do, i just wann know some common ways
> >> to create
> >> content for Forrest.
> >>
> >> regards
> >> markus
> >>
> >
> > I would like to know how does a forrest enviroment look.
> > Which is a a good prgramm to create documents to publish after with
> > forrest.
> Your Forrest environment can be anything you like, as long as it can
> produce a format supported by Forrest or one of its input plugins:-)
> If your main task is to write documentation using Forrest's own
> DTD's, then I would suggest using XMLMind XML Editor
> ( in combination with the Forrest config for XXE
> (available from the Forrest site). This will allow you to easily edit
> and write XML documents that adhere to either the Forrest 1.x DTDs or
> the 2.0 DTD, you will get DTD-supported validation and insert guides,
> you will get a styled text-view (similar to what you see in a word
> processor) but with all the underlying XML structure in place.
> I use this combo myself when I'm writing lengthier documents. For
> short documents I just write the raw XML, as Cyriaque suggests in his
> reply.
> NOTE: XMLMind XML Editor has in one of its recent upgrades introduced
> new features that break some backwards compatibility with the Forrest
> XXE config. This means that you get an error message at startup. The
> error message can be ignored, just press OK. Everything but the table
> menu works as it should. I'll try to get around creating a patch for
> the plugin soon - but no promise;-) You are as well free to submit
> patches, if you manage to fix it:-)
> Best regards,
> Sjur

Sjur, as far as I can tell, the 'Standard' FREE version can not work with
Forrest as it has preset DTDs that can not be altered. The professional
Version costs $220 USD for a 1 user license and may be out of reach for 
Some budgets.

Are you able to clarify if my interpretation is correct.

At the moment Markus, I am just hand coding the XML to forrest DTDs using
Plain old Vim. Though I have just imported the Forrest DTD into Dreamweaver
So should be able to start using that now - you never know , drag and drop
Forrest elements may be a possibility (doubt it though atm)


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