[kwlug-disc] XML / XSL / XSD/ XSLT 'development' 'environment' / 'gui'?

jvj at golden.net jvj at golden.net
Thu Dec 5 08:05:56 EST 2013


 I hesitate to suggest that your solution may be DIY.
 Tools such as AWK (dated) and PERL (current) can be used to process 
 text files such as XML.
 As always, depending on the scope and complexity the work can be 
 tedious.

 Regards
 John

 On Wed, 04 Dec 2013 23:58:09 -0500, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> 
 wrote:
> None of this is optional. It is take in xml files, create an .xsl
> that templates the xml database into a report.
>
> On 13-12-04 05:04 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>> My advice is: if you can avoid development that has non trivial 
>> amount of
>> XML, then do so, and preserve your sanity, and hair.
>> On Dec 4, 2013 4:32 PM, "unsolicited" <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:
>>
>>> I know zero of xml. Lots of other languages, but haven't needed 
>>> this until
>>> now. No development experience in a Linux environment, well, bash
>>> scripting. Never really made it to GUI's, either, for that matter.
>>>
>>> I'm using AbstractSpoon's ToDoList (http://www.abstractspoon.com/
>>> tdl_resources.html) - one of the only todolists / tools I know of 
>>> out
>>> there that does (infinite) subtasks. Runs under wine. (At least 
>>> mostly.)
>>>
>>> It stores its lists in xml (.tdl files), has provided schema (.xsd) 
>>> files,
>>> a number of stylesheets (.xsl), and will allow one to execute the 
>>> transform
>>> and produce an output file, e.g. .html.
>>>
>>> Printing is -definitely- not its strong suit, as its developer will 
>>> admit.
>>>
>>> I'm looking for something that will let me pull all these files 
>>> together,
>>> .xsd, .xml, .xsl, let me beat up on the .xsl into a revised .xsl 
>>> (in
>>> essence a report template), and output that .xsl out again. For TDL 
>>> to then
>>> use for printing.
>>>
>>> I've seen that xsltproc is out there (msxsl 'equivalent'?), but 
>>> that is a
>>> 'filter' / pipe, not a 'development' tool. Well, other than edit a 
>>> file,
>>> feed xsltproc a schema and xml data file to produce an html file, 
>>> see
>>> what's wrong, edit a source file, repeat.
>>>
>>> What's out there / what am I looking for that's useful for doing 
>>> this
>>> easier? At least list for me the data dictionary rather than 
>>> visually
>>> deciphering it by studying the .xsd. Preferably slicking up the 
>>> 'these
>>> inputs', 'transform', 'produces these outputs' iterations.
>>>
>>> I guess I'm looking for an 'xml report writer'. Is there such a 
>>> beastie?
>>>
>>> I've heard of iReport and 'xml notepad 2007' but know nothing of 
>>> them.
>>> Both are windows software.
>>>
>>> Not real sure what to call what I'm looking for to know what I'm 
>>> looking
>>> for - suggestions welcome.
>>>
>>>
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