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Need Aggregate PDF's with TOC

Stephen Schaub
I am attempting to use Xwiki as a CMS for software development project
documentation. A key requirement is to generate aggregate documents with
page numbers and a table of contents. Currently, Xwiki doesn't seem to offer
this feature, so I thought I would try using Cocoon to pull documents from
Xwiki, aggregate them, and generate a PDF.  (Cocoon lets you get source
documents either from the file system, or from http URL's.)

Has anyone attempted this before? I am running into difficulty and am not an
expert on Xwiki or Cocoon, though I do have some experience with xslt
technology. Before spinning my wheels too much, I thought I would post here
to see if there might be a better way to accomplish what I want to do.

I really like what I see in Xwiki, but if there is another product that
might work better for this requirement, I might consider it. I've looked at
a number of free CMS products, and so far I haven't found any that offer the
ease of Wiki editing with the kind of aggregate PDF generation I want
(specifically, TOC with page numbers). Last year in teaching this class I
used Apache Forrest, but it's not very user friendly. I would love to find
something that would be easier for the students to use.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions...

Stephen





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RE: Need Aggregate PDF's with TOC

Lichman, Mark Eugene
This may be a bit of a longshot for you however, before turning to XWiki I had
taken a look a egroupware (www.egroupware.org). It seems to be capable of doing
what you would like, as a warning though the code is a bit overgrown and can be
very messy in places. It is in php and they have managed to incorporate
wikkitikkitavi into the product as their wiki engine.

I suspect that with some work it may be possible to incorporate XWiki into this
project using the php java extension
http://www.phpbuilder.com/columns/marknold20001221.php3, although it is no doubt
a non-trivial task.

- Mark



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From: Stephen Schaub [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2005 8:48 AM
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Subject: [xwiki-users] Need Aggregate PDF's with TOC


I am attempting to use Xwiki as a CMS for software development project
documentation. A key requirement is to generate aggregate documents with
page numbers and a table of contents. Currently, Xwiki doesn't seem to offer
this feature, so I thought I would try using Cocoon to pull documents from
Xwiki, aggregate them, and generate a PDF.  (Cocoon lets you get source
documents either from the file system, or from http URL's.)

Has anyone attempted this before? I am running into difficulty and am not an
expert on Xwiki or Cocoon, though I do have some experience with xslt
technology. Before spinning my wheels too much, I thought I would post here
to see if there might be a better way to accomplish what I want to do.

I really like what I see in Xwiki, but if there is another product that
might work better for this requirement, I might consider it. I've looked at
a number of free CMS products, and so far I haven't found any that offer the
ease of Wiki editing with the kind of aggregate PDF generation I want
(specifically, TOC with page numbers). Last year in teaching this class I
used Apache Forrest, but it's not very user friendly. I would love to find
something that would be easier for the students to use.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions...

Stephen






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