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From "Gav...." <>
Subject RE: newbie: how to use own css-files and attributes within html-source
Date Sat, 04 Nov 2006 12:05:12 GMT
Hi Thomas,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Thomas Emmel []
> Sent: Friday, 3 November 2006 11:44 PM
> To:
> Subject: newbie: how to use own css-files and attributes within html-
> source
> Hi,
> I started to use forrest two weeks ago and I managed to set it up to
> do many of the tasks I need to do (write a huge technical documentation)
> together with a colleague of mine.
> However since most of our source documents will be or are native html or
> xhtml1 we use Nvu to edit and finish these documents and we use our own
> css-stylesheet.
> The problem with forrest so far is, that it will clean our definitions
> when preparing
> a skinned page (which is what we need).
> So unless there is no way to put e.g. "<span
> class="Button">OK</span>-button"
> inside the html-code without removal through forrest it would be useless
> in the end...
> In addition: I tried a lot of methods to add my css-file to the
> generated pages.
> I tried each and every method described (faq, mailing-list) without
> success and
> now I think the point is the html-format which will not be scanned
> correctly
> or whatever.
> Is this true and are we forced to write xml?
> However writing xml requires a good editor to avoid going to much into
> detail in xml...

Xdoc is the current native input format used by forrest. It can 
However handle multiple inputs and outputs, xdoc being just one.

The forrest document type is not really all that different from
XHTML, you write in xhtml, I don't think it a difficult step to
Write in xdoc xml. That said, the point I am making is that 
Forrest are making a step towards accepting xhtml2 as a native
Input. This will not be in the next release however and so I 
Wouldn't wait on it, just fyi. 

> A last question: I am willing to learn in this area but I need a
> starting point.
> It seems that the file html-to-document.xsl plays a big role in that
> case.
> How can I test what is done here?
> Is there an intepreter running (I am using linux) or who is doing the
> translation since the xsl-file seems to be just the receipt how to do
> the word. I am looking for the cook.
> I tested with xhtml(1) too but this just returns an empty page after
> skinning.
> Any help is appreciated

To be honest, although Forrest v 0.7 is the current release, the 0.8 dev
Version is not far away, and if you've been using it only two weeks, I
Really would consider strongly using 0.8-dev, it is stable , just can
Not officially be called that yet as there are of course still a few
Things to iron out before its release.

In the 0.8-dev version, there is the dispatcher, will make your html inputs
And stylesheets so much easier to add and configure, along with the 
Locationmap enhancements. Xhtml as an input has been started here, but is
Still in early development - due to browser and other program lack of
support f0or xhtml2, it is currently being transformed back to html
Anyway, but when they catch up, this step will I guess be ommited.


> Thanks
> Thomas
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