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CCEL & XML. A Match Made In (Ethereal) Heaven. The CCEL. The Christian Classics Ethereal Library Online library of electronic texts. The CCEL. The Christian Classics Ethereal Library Online library of electronic texts Different applications require different formats. The CCEL.

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Ccel xml

CCEL & XML

A Match Made In

(Ethereal) Heaven


The ccel

The CCEL

  • The Christian Classics Ethereal Library

    • Online library of electronic texts


The ccel1

The CCEL

  • The Christian Classics Ethereal Library

    • Online library of electronic texts

    • Different applications require different formats


The ccel2

The CCEL

  • The Christian Classics Ethereal Library

    • Online library of electronic texts

    • Different applications require different formats

      • Which format is authoritative?


The ccel3

The CCEL

  • The Christian Classics Ethereal Library

    • Online library of electronic texts

    • Different applications require different formats

      • Which format is authoritative?

  • ThML (Theological Markup Language)

    • XML application

    • Master version of most (someday all) texts on ccel.org


Ccel xml

ThML

  • Defined as an XML application several years ago

  • Perl scripts and other “hacks” used to transform ThML into HTML (and other formats) for presentation on site

    • Static transformation

    • Error prone

    • Difficult to maintain


Ccel xml

ThML

  • Defined as an XML application several years ago

  • Perl scripts and other “hacks” used to transform ThML into HTML (and other formats) for presentation on site

    • Static transformation

    • Error prone

    • Difficult to maintain

  • Isn’t there a better way?


Ccel xml

XSLT

  • XML Stylesheet Language Transformations

    • Stylesheets written in XML that “explain” to a piece of software called a “transformer” how to change an XML document into a different format (XML or other)

    • Example: Client-side transformations with Internet Explorer 6


Xslt on the ccel

XSLT on the CCEL

  • Summer of 2001

    • Two students (myself and Jimmy Osborn) wrote XSLT stylesheets that duplicated the functionality of the Perl script transformations

      • From user’s perspective, the XSLT-transformed docs look no different from the Perl-transformed docs

      • From developer’s perspective, there is now only one file for every text in the library (the ThML file), all other formats are generated on-the-fly at the user’s request


Xslt on the ccel1

XSLT on the CCEL

  • Summer of 2001

    • Two students (myself and Jimmy Osborn) wrote XSLT stylesheets that duplicated the functionality of the Perl script transformations

      • From user’s perspective, the XSLT-transformed docs look no different from the Perl-transformed docs

      • From developer’s perspective, there is now only one file for every text in the library (the ThML file), all other formats are generated on-the-fly at the user’s request

  • How does this work?

    • Client-side transformations are not powerful enough for our purposes

    • We needed a more powerful, server-side transformer


Ccel xml

  • Apache Cocoon

    • Java webapp (webapps are servlets with an attitude)

    • Runs inside a Java servlet engine (e.g. Apache Tomcat), which is then connected to a web server

    • Not just a transformer, but an “XML Publishing Framework”

      • Brings together of host of different XML technologies for the purpose of publishing XML docs online

      • Does XSLT transformations, XSL-FO to PDF conversion, renders SVG graphics, executes eXtensible Server Pages (XSP), integrates with databases, washes your dog and more


Ccel xml

  • Sitemap

    • The sitemap is where Cocoon really shows that it is more than just a kludge of XML-processing programs

    • Using regexp matching (or simple wildcard, if you’re into that sort of thing…), it maps URLs to an XML document, a stylesheet, and a transformer (and a few other things I won’t get into here)

      • Based on the URL, you can match any XML source doc with any XSLT stylesheet and then send the result through any transformer you like!


Ccel sitemap

CCEL Sitemap


Ccel sitemap1

CCEL Sitemap

  • New Problem: People browsing online don’t want the whole text in one big HTML file

    • Cocoon’s sitemap helps us here too…


Ccel sitemap2

CCEL Sitemap

  • New Problem: People browsing online don’t want the whole text in one big HTML file

    • Cocoon’s sitemap helps us here too…


Current status

Current Status

  • Still in “beta” stage

    • This new system still has a few bugs, but it will be going online in a preliminary form very soon


Current status1

Current Status

  • Still in “beta” stage

    • This new system still has a few bugs, but it will be going online in a preliminary form very soon

    • As more and more documents are converted to well-formed ThML, they can be used by Cocoon and we will hopefully phase out the old system over time

      • There are SO many documents on the CCEL, this may take some time


Current status2

Current Status

  • New Server

    • Our new Dell PowerEdge 2500 server runs Cocoon (being a Java app, its not the most efficient user of system resources)


Current status3

Current Status

  • New Server

    • Our new Dell PowerEdge 2500 server runs Cocoon (being a Java app, its not the most efficient user of system resources)

    • We are currently in the process of moving the entire site over to the PowerEdge

      • When this is complete, the new XML-based system will be available for people to try out


Current status4

Current Status

  • New Server

    • Our new Dell PowerEdge 2500 server runs Cocoon (being a Java app, its not the most efficient user of system resources)

    • We are currently in the process of moving the entire site over to the PowerEdge

      • When this is complete, the new XML-based system will be available for people to try out

    • Some examples from the new site…


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