XML Publishing Roadmap

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XML Publishing Roadmap

The PKP, in conjunction with RIT, University of Monash, and UNB ETC, will be extending our publishing support to include XML workflows. The goal is to have our software ingest XML (primarily NLM and Docbook DTDs/schema, with TEI and Erudit to follow) and render/display HTML and PDF.


  • Support Science (NLM) and SSH (Docbook, TEI) publishing formats
  • Produce both HTML and PDF rendering
  • Integrate, where appropriate, with: L8X (preview), OJS, and OMP


September 2008:

  • Examine and understand XSL files sent by U of Monash (James)
  • Determine applicability of ePub format for HTML/PDF galleys (MJ)

October 2008:

  • Compile list of various PHP-based tools for PDF rendering from XML (eg. phpfop (MJ)
  • Extend the current xmlGalleys plugin (which already supports NLM) to support Docbook and TEI based on Monash/UNB XSL (James with help from MJ and possibly Jason Nugent)

September-December 2008

  • Establish, in writing, a reasonable XML rendering workflow. This may include a working demo as well, as we expect development and testing to proceed along with the discussion. (MJ and James in conjunction with RIT and UNB)



Feature List

Feature list broken down by level of difficulty

Procedural StepFeatureSimpleDifficult
1. Transforming from uploaded XML to NLM Docbook->NLM transformation Requires proper XSL files

- have been provided by Monash

- can't handle Docbook 5
To support Docbook 5 we would have to substantially rework (or recreate) the files provided by Monash
TEI->NLM transformation Requires proper XSL files
- will be provided by UVic (will presumably handle Martin's TEIJournal modification; be back-portable to TEI P5)
Erudit->NLM transformation Requires proper XSL files
- possibly provided by UNB?
2. Transformation from NLM to galley files NLM->HTML transformation Requires proper XSLT 1.0 files or CSS

- XSLT 1.0 files provided by Monash

- other XSLT 1.0 files (rudimentary) already in use by us
XSLT 2.0 transformation

- UVic would prefer to work with XSLT 2.0 - Emory has provided us with XSLT 2.0 files

- XSLT 2.0 would require using Java to use a 2.0-compatible XSLT engine
XML->XSL:FO->PDF not possible Requires Java