- Jody, Emmett, Brian,
I thank you all for your replies.
I just recently started learning and using HTML for some local intranet
pages (rather simple stuff at that). The HTML language does not seem too
difficult. Because I am the only one in my group to even attempt that, I
have been given the task of learning XML for interfacing with a database
tool to customize/improve its reporting capabilities. This database tool
uses forms (customized by us) for entering data, although it will not
"pretty print" the forms, only the data. So my task, also, includes
retrieving data from the database tool and presenting in an MSIE5.5 browser
to look like the tool's form, then it can be printed.
I can see that I have my work cut out, learning more of the nuances of
HTML, learning XML, learning more about NoteTabPro (I'm relatively new to
NTP), learning more about Clips (how to write and incorporate them). I am
more than confident about NTP's capabilities, just need to learn more about
it. Practice, practice, practice.
Brian, you seem to already have XML experience, may I send you an
Thanks, you guys for your input.
Software Engineer (and all around nice guy!)
- Hi Wayland,
I have a good example of a Clip library that handles XML files. Software
developers now have a new standard for publishing descriptions of their
products. This standard has the acronym PAD and it is stored in the form of
a plain XML file. Take a look at the following page to see what NoteTab is
capable of doing with these PAD files:
NoteTab v4.82 available from
http://www.notetab.com and http://www.notetab.ch
> I just recently started learning and using HTML for some local intranetDoes this database tool return XML. If so just send an abbreviated example.
> pages (rather simple stuff at that). The HTML language does not seem too
> difficult. Because I am the only one in my group to even attempt that, I
> have been given the task of learning XML for interfacing with a database
> tool to customize/improve its reporting capabilities. This database tool
> uses forms (customized by us) for entering data, although it will not
> "pretty print" the forms, only the data. So my task, also, includes
> retrieving data from the database tool and presenting in an
> MSIE5.5 browser
> to look like the tool's form, then it can be printed.
Some thoughts on using xml with notetab
on learning html with xml in mind.
Learn xhtml instead of html and stick to the strict dtd.
In doing so you will understand the concepts of well formedness and
validation and the separation of structure from presentation which are also
important concepts in xml.
On using notetab with xml.
If you are working in a m$oft environment you need to learn how to
instantiate com objects in a suitable host for the ms xml parser is a com
a) wsh as a client can instantiate COM objects
b) ie5 as gui client can instantiate COM objects
c) iis5 as a server can instantiate COM objects
Using the WSH and notetab you can instantiate the ms xml parser(var doc =
new ActiveXObject("microsoft.xmldom"). Load a local xml file
then use dom methods to extract data from the file or directly manipulate it
and then send any results back to Notetab with^$GetOutput()$
You can also use the same methods to work with xml files on the web. How
this is done was posted recently. see my post. RE: Re: [NH] Opera and
If you are working with an intranet which uses ie5 browsers then you can do
the same sort of thing for the ie5 browser can host COM objects. Although
you can use Data islands in ie I prefer to use a simular method as outlined
above in a script block.
var doc = new ActiveXObject("microsoft.xmldom"
/*...use dom methods ....*/
c) iis5 or iis4
with asp jscript script block
var doc = Server.CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLDOM");
Of course you need to have a iis5 server installed on your system to test
this. If you have w2k this is on disk as an install option otherwise
download the nt4 option pack.
The latest version of notetab enables you to preview your pages through a
server. (great stuff)
options/preview server side and set your path to the server here.
The best way to learn about this stuff is by downloading the ms xml sdk