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DocBook Authoring and Publishing Suite (DAPS) 2.0 Released

June 23rd, 2015 by

After more than two years of development, 15 pre-releases and more than 2000 commits we proudly present release 2.0 of the DocBook Authoring and Publishing Suite, in short DAPS 2.0.

DAPS lets you publish your DocBook 4 or Docbook 5 XML sources in various output formats such as HTML, PDF, ePUB, man pages or ASCII with a single command. It is perfectly suited for large documentation projects by providing profiling support and packaging tools. DAPS supports authors by providing linkchecker, validator, spellchecker, and editor macros. DAPS exclusively runs on Linux.


Editing KIWI configurations with Emacs

August 31st, 2012 by

I recently decided to do all my work in emacs and even though the learning speed is a bit slow, I thought I would share what I discoverd regarding editing the KIWI config files. Kiwi has the schema file for the elements and their attributes but unfortunately by default Emacs is unaware of it’s schema location. So first create a schema location file as below and save it.

<locatingRules xmlns="http://thaiopensource.com/ns/locating-rules/1.0">
<transformURI fromPattern="*.xml" toPattern="*.rnc"/>

<uri pattern=”*.kiwi” typeId=”KIWI”/>
<typeId id=”KIWI” uri=”/usr/share/kiwi/modules/KIWISchema.rnc”/>

I saved it as $HOME/.emacs.d/data/myschemas.xml. Now add this to your Emac’s init file for autoloading the nxml mode for kiwi files in addition to the xml files

(setq auto-mode-alist
(cons '("\\.\\(xml\\|kiwi\\|xsl\\|rng\\|xhtml\\)\\'" . nxml-mode)

and add this code for nxml mode to locate the kiwi schema file when you edit a kiwi config file

(eval-after-load 'rng-loc
'(add-to-list 'rng-schema-locating-files (concat user-emacs-directory "data/myschemas.xml")))

Now have fun with Emacs, Kiwi and your openSUSE

Zippl again – now in the package

July 12th, 2011 by

lightweight presentations

some might remember my hackweek project Zippl. I blogged about it more than a year ago. Zippl is a lightweigt presentation tool, a bit like prezi, a hipp tool for that purpose, where all ‘slides’ sit on one large canvas and during the presentation a kind of camera moves over the canvas.

I liked the idea and did Zippl as I wanted to play with Qt’s QGraphicsView. It takes a simple xml file as input which describes the presentation and animates it as shown in the video in my older blog.

First I thought it doesn’t make sense to continue that project. But recently, somebody asked if I have built in the feature back to the previous spot as I promised almost a year ago, as he wanted to do a presentation with Zippl. I couldn’t believe, and so I spent an evening in the weekend to polish Zippl a bit. And because its easy with OBS, I quickly built an rpm package for various openSUSEs.

Now that I worked on it a bit again I found it could also make sense on tablet devices, for example to run cool Hello New User animations or small presentations for ant Tilly to get some sponsorship for the new bike. Could be fun.

If you want to check it, please install from my home repository.

KIWI RELAX NG Schema Explained

December 6th, 2009 by

KIWI, invented by Marcus Schäfer, is a magnificent tool to build your own SUSE Linux distribution. It is also the backend of SUSE Studio.

For those who has used KIWI manually already know the details: KIWI’s configuration file is XML and based on a RELAX NG schema. This article give developers a little background of the history, a short overview of some design decisions around KIWI’s RELAX NG schema, and how to customize it to your needs.

Playing With XPath Expressions in The xmllint Shell

November 23rd, 2009 by

When XML is transformed into something else, in most cases XSLT comes to play. One of the challenges of XSLT is to select just the nodes you are interested in. This task is done by XPath, “a query language for selecting nodes from a XML document.”

However, it can be tedious to create a XPath expression, run the transformation, and check if you got the expected result. After hours of debugging you find out: It’s the wrong XPath expression!

To make it easier: Test your XPath expressions in the internal xmllint shell!


DocBook-XML die Zweite!

September 21st, 2009 by

(Disclaimer: This post is mainly intended for a German audience and describes my book about DocBook XML. For this reason, as an exception, the following text is written in German only.)

Nach ca. 1½ Jahren und unzähligen Stunden, dem Verschleiß von hunderten von Korrekturseiten und Stiften, einer überstandenen Druckerei-Pleite, viel verbrauchtem Gehirnschmalz, einem unwilligem PC und über 1000 Revisionen im SVN-Repository, ist jetzt die 2. Auflage meines Buches  “DocBook-XML — Medienneutrales und plattformunabhängiges Publizieren” beim Millin-Verlag erschienen. 5 Jahre nach der ersten Auflage.


Why Ant Sucks (Somehow)

February 16th, 2009 by

What is Ant?

According to Ant’s webpage:

“Ant is a Java-based build tool. In theory, it is kind of like Make, without Make’s wrinkles and with the full portability of pure Java code.”

Sounds nice, isn’t it? But XML design problems make Ant nearly unusable which this post becomes kind of a rant…


Query your XML with xpathgrep.py

June 9th, 2008 by

Maybe you know this problem: You have a couple of XML files and you need a specific information. Probably everybody would think of grep or similar tools first. But maybe your query is a bit more complicated than just a simple piece of text. What do do?

Recently I’ve found a very useful command line utility, which is probably not very known. It’s named xpathgrep.py and you can get it from the lxml repository (you need lxml too). Let’s assume we have the following DocBook file:

File db.xml
<?xml version="1.0"?>
  <title>My Cooking Book</title>
  <chapter id="howtocook">
    <title>How to cook</title>

Now, if I want to get all the titles I have to use a XPath (which is a path description language for XML, similar to Unix/Linux paths, but more powerful). To get all title elements all I have to do is to write //title, regardless of the level:

$ xpathgrep.py //title db.xml

and I get this:

<title>My Cooking Book</title>


<title>How to cook</title>

Nice, isn’t it? Probably you say: “But, hey, I can get this with grep too!” Yes, but if you want just all chapter titles, you have a problem with grep. With XPath and xpathgrep.py I only modify my XPath expression a bit:

$ xpathgrep.py //chapter/title db.xml

Now this reduces the above output just to the wanted chapter titles. And I can extent my query just for all chapters that doesn’t have an id attribute:

$ xpathgrep.py '//chapter[not(@id)]/title' db.xml

(You need the apostroph because of the shell.) The tool outputs this:


That’s nice, isn’t it? There are a lot of more to discover. A few hours ago I send a small patch to the lxml-devel mailinglist to support namespaces. Hopefully, it will be accepted. 🙂