Subject: Re: [xsl] Arguments for XSL|
From: Joerg Heinicke <joerg.heinicke@xxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 02:22:40 +0200
I've spent considerable time setting up an architecture using XML and XSL in order to produce a help-system for one of our software products. I feel using this system is much better than using a WYSIWYG editor because it allows the writer to concentrate on content and not on formatting. Formatting can be done by a different person or at a different time via XSL style-sheets.
I've pitched this idea to my manager and he likes it but when we sent the whole package of to our head-office abroad for translation into different languages, they didn't like it. They prefer using a WYSIWYG editor (specifically ROBOHELP).
My gut feel is XML is better even tho a WYSIWYG editor allows you to see results immediately without compiling or anything.
Aside from the reasons you've already stated, XML (with XSLT) is a good idea because:
1. If the XML is structured well, you can perform automated checks on the content of the help, for example to make sure that every page has a link on it.
2. You can convert the same content to many formats -- HTML, PDF printed materials (via XSL-FO), eBook format and so on -- fairly easily.
On the WYSIWYG side, I've recently been converted to XMetaL as a way
of editing XML documents in a WYSIWYG fashion. Just because you're
using XML doesn't necessarily mean you can't edit the documents
easily and see what they're going to eventually look like.
--- Jeni Tennison http://www.jenitennison.com/