Re: [xsl] XSLT or static site generator

Subject: Re: [xsl] XSLT or static site generator
From: "Kevin Veroneau kevin@xxxxxxxxxxxx" <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 18:43:27 -0000
Thanks Eliot, that is the best answer, and it fully makes sense.

However, I should point out that a static site generator could be based on
XML/XSLT, and still be user friendly. B I have nicely integrated both
Markdown, and Highlight.JS into XML/XSLT with no difficulties. B I created
specific XML tags, which in turn generate the required HTML to render the tag
contents as either Markdown or Highlight.JS. B It's an absolute marvel, and
makes writing technical documents a breeze. B The only thing missing is an XML
editor of sorts to make editing the documents easier.

Eventually I plan on releasing a static site framework based on XSLT, which
would nicely format XML documents. B I like the fact, that for XSLT, there's
no post processing required before publication of the site or documents. B A
static site generator requires all the HTML files to be regenerated and
uploaded each time.

B  Original Message B 
Sent:May 2, 2016 9:17 AM
Subject:Re: [xsl] XSLT or static site generator

On 5/2/16 9:22 AM, Eliot Kimber ekimber@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> Many of the documentation Web sites and online help for the products you
> know and love are generated from DITA XML, including Oracle, IBM, Adobe,
> Cloudera, Oculus, Nokia, and many many others (those are just companies I
> know about personally).

See for a useful list of open source static
site generators.

DocBook and DITA have both been doing static site generation for years
(decades in the case of DocBook). I've done production work with
DocBook, DITA, and Middleman (a Ruby-based static site generator that
supports Markdown), though I'm not doing anything with doc tool chains
in my current role. While I really enjoyed writing xslts and appreciate
the power of semantic markup, I understand the popularity of generators
like Middleman, Jekyll, Sphinx, etc:

These static site generators support light-weight markup formats that
don't require (or all but require) an awesome commercial editor like
Oxygen to be productive. Github in turn supports these formats by
presenting a rendered view when you browse the repository and rendered
diffs in pull requests. Even without those features, the lighter weight
markup formats are easier to read in the line diff tool provided by your
favorite IDE. Editors are the site of holy wars and asking people to use
anything other than their one-true editor is often a non-starter.

These static site generators typically have support for web dev
convenience technologies like Sass (+ Bootstrap), CoffeeScript, and Haml
to make css and JavaScript bearable and free hipsters from the need to
write any angle brackets at all. There's nothing to stop you from using
Sass and CoffeeScript as part of an xslt-based generator, but having a
kit with all that built in, plus a little server runs locally and
auto-refreshes in your browser every time you save a file is a
convenient way to author.

The open source toolkits for DocBook and DITA offer base xslts for
generating html, but leave it to you to incorporate the other
convenience technologies.


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