Docbook is a very large DTD that defines most of the stuff you expect to find in complex documents: tables, footnotes, TOC, chapters and sub-chapters, lists… and if it wasn’t so big and complicated, even more people would use it. Norman Walsh said:
Over the years, the notion of a “simple” DocBook subset has come up, uh, more than once .
Then he went ahead and created the Simplified Docbook. Excellent stuff, which we merrily started using at the Parliament today – it didn’t take long before our XMetal prototype worked even better than before.
But that was today’s daytime gig – and after one of Aila’s excellent dinners I’m now at home, pondering my next move in another project.
We are already using Python to convert proprietary data to XML and automatically build an SQL Server 2000 database. But what’s the best way to query that kind of SQL-XML hybrid? Maybe script-based mapping of parameters into XPath templates? Or should we be conservative and go for stored procedures and plain old SQL? BTW – Jon Udell is asking some of these questions in his latest article.
We’ll see… tomorrow we’ll discuss query requirements in more detail with the customer. And my business partner is recovering from a bad case of flu, so I won’t have to cover for him much longer. Maybe I’ll sleep more soon