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

John Van Ostrand john at vanostrand.com
Fri Dec 6 11:11:02 EST 2013


I imagine XLS styles are a lot like CSS styles and if you learn one moving
to the other is easier. I expect you'll need to use "selectors" to display
top-level tasks and sub tasks differently.

An alternative to XLS is to use one of the many XML libraries in your
favourite language. Generally speaking they import the XML into a
hierarchical structure so you can re-organize it programmatically without
having to get into parsing the XML text. They can then output the result
back into HTML for processing later.

However, the easiest way might be to use command line tools and xpath to
select the elements you want to print and use a stylesheet to print it.


On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:

>
> On Dec 6, 2013 12:08 AM, "unsolicited" <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:
> >
> > Hmmm. Interesting.
> >
> > Longer tool chain, but if scriptable ...
> >
> > Schema won't be a problem, .xsd files even provided.
> > Even if not 100% accurate, schema won't change that
> > often. Translation could be manually maintained.
> >
> > Ah ... hold on ...
> >
> > TDL does an infinite nest of sub-tasks. It's not a
> > straightforward record 1:1
> >
> > -+ Task 1
> > --+ Sub-Task 1.1
> > ---+ Sub-Task 1.1.1
> > ---| Some other notes
> > -+ Task 2
> > --+ Sub-Task 2.1
> > ---+ Sub-Task 2.1.1
> > ...
> > ----------------------------+ ... ad inifinitum
>
> In generzl, such data structure would be implemented in a relational
> database by having a column called parent task id, and then you can have it
> point to which task is the parent of the current subtask, and you can have
> infinite levels. A task without a parent is the top level task.
>
> No idea how to implement that with XML import though ...
>
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John Van Ostrand
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