Storing XML/Streaming HTML

len bullard cbullard at
Sat Dec 5 00:45:16 GMT 1998

Tim Bray wrote:
> At 03:44 PM 12/4/98 -0000, Michael Kay wrote:
> >Author it in XML definitely. What I would do with it then, given that this
> >is a static manual, is to generate HTML at publication time and store the
> >generated HTML on the server in the normal way. That's heresy to many on
> >this list
> Really?  Seems like good sound practice to me, at this point in history.
> Also then you can use one of the free full-text packages to search the
> generated HTML and do lots of other neat tricks, too. -Tim

I agree with Tim.  I do this for the local knowledge base and it enables 
me to publish to the IIS server with metatags it can recognize while
keeping the metadata where I want it for searching in MS Access.  I used 
to call this a File-forward or lobster trap.  That is, the HTML doesn't 
roll back into the database.  It's a good way to work and no different 
from distribution on fixed media except the indexing services of IIS.  

BTW:  when you do this, do you autogenerate the TOC and send it with 
the document, or keep it separate?  This comes up in discussions of 
HTMLHelp systems which create HTML but compile it for distribution.  
I realize some of these practices originate in WinHelp.


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