object instance data to docbook, xml, pdf, etc?

Harry George harry.g.george at boeing.com
Fri Jul 11 15:35:34 CEST 2003

mertz at gnosis.cx (David Mertz, Ph.D.) writes:

> Harry George <harry.g.george at boeing.com> wrote previously:
> |We are outputting the instance data, sort of like Gnosis xml_objectify,
> |but to docbook DTD.
> You *could* use XSLT to transform the gnosis.xml.pickle output into
> DocBook (I'm pretty sure you mean that, objectify goes in the other
> direction generic-XML -> python).

<blush> Yes, that's what I meant.  BTW, thank you for those tools.

> However, I personally find XSLT extremely awkward.  

Interesting.  I've been pushing back against XSLT ever since it was
invented as a "no parentheses" rendition of DSSSL.  I've run into
other people who used XSLT until they run into a complex task, and
then realize it is a mess.  What's been missing so far is a Python
rendition of the common tasks, and a design pattern for growing

> If someone doesn't
> give you the done-deal, you might find it useful to take
> gnosis.xml.pickle and fork it for your desired DocBook/XML output.  All
> the issues about traversing objects is handled, you should pretty much
> be able to just look for the XML tags that get written, and substitute
> those as needed.

Yep, that's what I had in mind.

> Yours, David...
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