Publishing Books Using XML Technologies
Dr. Herong Yang, Version 4.01

Overview of hyPub - A Simple XML Publishing Tool

This section provide an overview of hyPub, a simple XML based publishing tool based on the ideas presented in the last section.

hyPub is a simple XML based publishing tool developed over the past several years while I was trying to publish my tutorial notes on programming languages and technologies.

hyPub consists of:

1. A set of simple rules on how to prepare book contents in XHTML files. Those rules allow authors to:

  • Divide the book into chapters and sections, like <blockquote class="chapter" ...>.
  • Define replacement variables, like <p class="variable" ...>.
  • Define reference anchors, like <a name="navigationBefore" ...>.

2. A set of Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) files to convert book source files into other formats.

3. A set of suggested XSL, CSS, JavaScript, image files to publish books as well formatted Web pages.

4. A set of suggested XSL-FO files to publish books as well formatted PDF files.

5. A Perl script that compiles book source files, and manages the publishing processes.

Detailed descriptions of hyPub are included after several chapters that discuss about computing technologies used by hyPub.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Ideas on Publishing Books using XML

Overview of hyPub - A Simple XML Publishing Tool

 Writing Book Contents in XHTML Source Files

 Transforming Book Source Files with XSL Technology

 Designing Web Page Layouts with Tables

 Controlling Web Page Appearance with CSS

 Sharing HTML Codes with JavaScript Files

 Generating Web Pages with hyPub

 Formatting Printable Documents with XSL-FO

 Generating PDF Documents with hyPub

 Areas of Future Improvements

 References

 PDF Printing Version

Dr. Herong Yang, updated in 2007
Overview of hyPub - A Simple XML Publishing Tool