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[REBOL] Re: Proposal: REBOL Documentation indexing system for newbies

From: robert:muench:robertmuench at: 6-Feb-2004 14:00

On Wed, 4 Feb 2004 14:29:21 -0500, Gerard Cote <[gerardcote--sympatico--ca]> wrote:
> But I can ensure you Robert that nobody will be left aside during the > process - since this is firstly done for the whole > international REBOL community. I simply favor French as my own support > tool since it will be easier to me.
Hi, ok we will see.
> I can send you what I already did about easy-vid.r and we could help > each other to better understand what is needed and how it can > be done.
I once had a quick look at easy-vid but I don't remember its internal data structure to store the parsed input. IMO it makes sense to define a data/block structure that can be used by the player to create the layout dynamically from the content and where the navigation stuff is included as well.
> In fact I also looked back at the way you're emitting your HTML related > tags inside make-doc-pro. Since in your case the > output can be produced for the Internet browser to manage the display > you don't have to add overhead to the produced document as to > support navigational features like is the case in the easy-VID or > VID-usage products.
I have a make-site script (thanks to Chris) that uses MDP to create complete web-sites. My homepage is created with it. This script supports navigational stuff already. I think this combination can be extended to support VID emitter as well. That would be my starting point.
> When are you ready to start with ?
Any time but expect a slow progress as I'm doing a more-than-full-time-job in parallel. As said, first step would be to look at the input data structure for the player. If this one is defined, adding an emitter should be easy.
> May be we can start working without any further consideration and we'll > simply replace any additional or updated modules when > completed. At least it would become feasible to create self-running > REBOL Lessons without having to dig inside each time to replace > manually any old content by a new one.
My idea is to create one output file that contains the input for the player from a set of input files. The player could become an encapped standalone version, so people don't have to install anything. Having the input files separated makes it possible to work with a group of people in paralle. The input structure is as follow: \topic1 menu.txt content1.txt \topic2 menu.txt content2.txt menu.txt index.txt topic1.txt topic2.txt The first level is the main level. Every sublevel is a separate directory. For each level exists a menu.txt file, specifying the available navigation. Robert