[NTG-context] XML roundtripping

Hans Hagen j.hagen at xs4all.nl
Wed May 15 18:32:37 CEST 2019


On 5/15/2019 4:35 PM, Denis Maier wrote:
> Our workflow is not settled yet; we're still discussing options. All 
> depends upon what is possible ...
> 
> That being said, for the purpose of displaying the articles online we'll 
> need every article in a separate XML file. The question is if and how we 
> will produce a PDF version containing a whole volume (we'll probably 
> need one PDF for the whole volume and also PDFs for each article).
> 
> One option would be:
> - merge the articles into a single XML,
> - typeset from there
> - split the PDF
> (Hence my question here, 
> https://mailman.ntg.nl/pipermail/ntg-context/2019/095011.html).

you can create a master xml file with includes and process the lots in 
one go ... this is quite convenient when you assemble for instance books 
from chapters that are split into sections ... you can make a xml file 
per chapter that includes the sections and then a book file that loads 
them all ... files can have a processing instruction telling what styel 
to load and you can run individual files or assemblies ... all the stuff 
needed to do that is there (and probably also documented someplace)

anyway, you can always save '\lastpage' during a run ... or you can have 
some shared lua file with chapters/pagenumbers that gets updated by the 
current run

all this is workflow dependent but all can be done without too much hassle

(fwiw: we have some cases where for one projects hundreds of xml files 
get merged runtime and then processed ... the overhead is neglectable to 
the run)

> Another option could be:
> - Typeset each article individually.
> - Get the last page number => in the next article, set the first page 
> number to this + 1
> (So, we do not necessarily need to write the page numbers back to the 
> XML, but we'll somehow need to pass the page number to the next article 
> in the chain.)
> 
> 
> Am Mi., 15. Mai 2019 um 14:46 Uhr schrieb Hans Hagen <j.hagen at xs4all.nl 
> <mailto:j.hagen at xs4all.nl>>:
> 
>     On 5/15/2019 12:57 PM, Denis Maier wrote:
>      > Hmm, getting the page number back from the tuc file sound
>     feasible. I'll
>      > have to look into this.
>      >
>      > But how would I write the information back to the XML? Is this
>     explained
>      > somewhere?
>     all depends on the workflow ... why does it need to be written back?
> 
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