RE: [dita] FrameMaker as DITA Publishing Engine
- You're right! I transposed those two entries. Thanks for the feedback.
If you have further feedback, we can discuss it on this list:
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> From: Patricia Gee-Best [mailto:Patricia.Gee-Best@...]
> Sent: Monday, January 02, 2006 6:33 AM
> To: Paul Prescod
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> Subject: Re: [dita] FrameMaker as DITA Publishing Engine
> Hi, Paul:
> Thanks very much for this information. I have one question,
> where I think you have some information below reversed:
> * inline elements -> paragraph styles
> Shouldn't this be "character styles" instead?
> * paragraph elements -> character styles
> Shouldn't this be "paragraph styles" instead?
> Pat Gee Best
> Sun Microsystems, Inc.
> Austin, Texas
> >Most follow-up discussion of this issue should happen on the
> >dita-ot-developer list.
> >FrameMaker is a capable, relatively cheap, widely deployed
> >engine. It is, of course, also an authoring application, but
> there is a
> >separate project designed to make it usable as a DITA editor. We
> >think that we can make more substantial progress in a much
> shorter time
> >treating FrameMaker as a publishing output and have already
> >demonstrated this with a Proof of Concept demonstrated
> during a Blast
> >Radius XMetaL Webinar. There are some loose ends to tie
> up, but the
> >overall technique is proven.
> > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/framemaker-dita/
> > http://tinyurl.com/7voye
> >The following DITA constructs should be mapped to appropriate
> > * inline elements -> paragraph styles
> > * paragraph elements -> character styles
> > * topic and section titles -> heading styles
> > * topicref titles -> heading styles (optional)
> > * CALS tables -> FM tables
> > * various kinds of simple tables -> FM tables
> > * DITA internal cross references -> FrameMaker cross references
> > * DITA external cross references -> FrameMaker hyperlinks
> > * DITA index entries -> FrameMaker index entries
> > * DITA footnotes -> FrameMaker footnotes
> > * DITA graphics -> FrameMaker graphics
> > * xxx anything else? xxx
> >The following DITA constructs should be normalized by the
> DITA toolkit:
> > * conref processing
> > * topic merging
> > * defaulted attributes
> > * generalization
> > * DITA address resolution
> >Whereever possible, the overall rules about how maps, topic
> >related links, cross references etc. are interpreted should
> be shared
> >between the XSL-FO and FrameMaker outputs. They will use a
> single topic
> >merging algorithm likely implemented in common code (topicmerge.xsl).
> >There are some aspects that could arguably be handled in
> either place.
> >There is still room for discussion on where to handle these:
> > * table of contents generation
> > * index generation (not index authoring, but generation from index
> >High-level architecture
> >FrameMaker will be integrated into the DITA toolkit as an Ant target.
> >Consider the flowchart here. After "topic merge" there
> will be a new
> >branch. Instead of "transform to xsl-fo", the new branch will say
> >"transform to FrameMaker-friendly DITA". This will be done
> through an
> >XSLT that transform to a proprietary variant of DITA. This
> variant is
> >designed to work around limitations of FrameMaker (e.g. cross
> >references and tables). This proprietary format will also be a
> >generalized form of DITA with a fixed set of element types
> >requires EDDs to list all element types). Specialization information
> >will be moved into attribute values so that they can be
> acted on in the
> >EDD. An very complete EDD, read-write rules file and FrameMaker
> >template will be provided and can be customized by customers. The
> >solution should not require any FrameMaker plugins and should be
> >compatible with all 7.x versions of FrameMaker.
> >Customization hooks
> >The simplest way to customize the solution is just to change the
> >template in FrameMaker. Replace the master pages, the
> character styles,
> >paragraph styles etc. Alternately, more substantial changes
> can be done
> >by tweaking the EDD or read/write rules. You should also use
> EDD tweaks
> >if you want to use an existing template and style names with the
> >solution. FrameMaker's complicated configuration
> architecture cannot be
> >simplified within the scope of this project.
> >Due to limitations of FrameMaker, it is probably not possible to use
> >the "outputclass" attribute to directly address character,
> >table or cross reference styles. It will always be necessary to edit
> >the EDD to recognize the outputclass attribute and map it to a style.
> >FrameMaker cannot handle nested tables.
> >Other limitations will be documented as they arise.
> > Paul Prescod