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Florin MiuSubject: SS capabilities
Author: Florin Miu
Date: 11 Oct 2002 04:21 AM

I'm working on a documentation project which involves thousands of pages. Instead writing it on HTML I'd rather do it in XML and the generate HTML/PDF output.
So the goal is to edit a huge documentation project in XML and get an HTML website or PDF documents.
Is Stylus Studio suitable for this purpose ?
Can it handle projects with thousands of XML related files ?
We need basic editing capabilities (normal text/bullets/numbering/bold/italic etc), links, images. Also if pages are moved in the project is there any chance to update the links ?
Can SS be used by non-XML experts ?
Does it support templates, contents generation ?

Thanks, Florin

(Deleted User) Subject: SS capabilities
Author: (Deleted User)
Date: 11 Oct 2002 10:35 AM
SS is a great tool but you may need more understanding of the task at hand. What you want to do (restating for clarity) is write XML documents and then generate HTML/PDF files...SS can definetely help you. Your process will be to write the XML documents (SS has an XML, XSL (and a WYSIWYG XSL) editors built in plus the capabilities to do post XSLT processing (XSL-FO for you PDFs) but you will have to do some setting up to accomplish that. I have not done any XSL-FO processing with SS but I'm sure their staff will be more than willing to help you out. I believe they have a tutorial or webinar archived on the site. Check it out.


(Deleted User) Subject: SS capabilities
Author: (Deleted User)
Date: 15 Oct 2002 09:09 AM
Certainly, Stylus can be used by non-XML experts. It is also a great way to get started learning XML.

Stylus is going to save you a significant amount of time and effort. I'd be happy to discuss the entire project with you and provide more specific recommendations.

You can email me: lwalstad@exln.com
or call 781.402.7213

More info:

As another response indicated, there is an example of XSL-FO. If you have a copy of Stylus running,

1. use the File-->Open menu,
2. navigate up to Stylus, then down to
3. open the catalog.xsl

If you press the green-triangle in the upper panel (with xsl in it), Stylus will generate the result and execute the post-processor to generate PDF, then start Acrobat!

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