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July 27, 2014

Markdown

Filed under: Software — Tags: — cangione @ 9:29 am

Markdown

I have never been a fan of the heavy UI for writing. I find tools like Word distracting, and yet a simple text editor doesn’t have enough power to justify the time in creating content that will require you to go back and format it when your done.

The majority of my content is created initially for:

  • Email
  • White papers
  • Blogs
  • Wikis or online notebooks

If the content created becomes valuable enough, it will ultimately end up as a DITA topic for reuse in some future structured creation.

I have been looking for a markup language that will allow me to quickly support the various uses and evolution of my content without formatting distractions during creation. The Markdown language was created in 2004 with the goal of allowing people to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, and optionally convert it to structurally valid XHTML.

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July 23, 2014

Using Apache ANT to run XSLT

Filed under: ANT,Eclipse,XML,XSL,XSLT — cangione @ 5:38 pm

I have been using Apache ANT within Eclipse to run XSLT. The advantage to using ANT is you can easily setup a processing pipeline utilizing various XSLT filters.

Example Ant Target:

<target name="Run-XSLT-Filter" >	
	   <xslt style="myfile.xsl" in="example.xml"  out="example-reloaded.xml"> 
	   <classpath>
                <!--add your favorite XSLT Processor here-->
	   	<pathelement location="classes/saxon.jar"></pathelement>
	   </classpath>
	   </xslt>
</target>

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