[Phpwm] Web application documentation - write once / output multiple formats

David Goodwin david at codepoets.co.uk
Fri May 29 09:22:30 UTC 2009

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Ian Munday wrote:
> Slightly off-topic perhaps, but I'm wondering how people provide /  
> deliver document for their applications?
> Historically, I've manually created HTML pages that I bring together  
> with a simple table of contents (TOC) and which then load in a pop-up  
> window.  I can link to specific pages from within my application to  
> make it 'context-sensitive'.  A real requirement going forward is to  
> improve the way help documentation is delivered in HTML (i.e. make it  
> searchable), and also to provide multiple formats.  I also want a  
> write-once, but output in multiple formats solution.  (Longer term I'm  
> also thinking multiple languages - clearly each language will need to  
> be written.)
> The formats that have been identified as most useful / relevant to the  
> type of applications I'm involved in are:
>    *  HTML - searchable and with a tree-like TOC - a good example is http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/Lightroom/1.0/help.html?content=WSF3A57C22-0CDF-4401-9C10-2D0B3B7C7E40.html
>    *  PDF
>    *  CHM
> Has anyone found a good solution to this problem?
> Regards,

Aside from just having 3 different 'view' templates for each? No. (Or am
I missing the question?)

PDF is kind of the hardest, although we did use PDML once (with mixed

Never touched CHM so can't comment.


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