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authorRalph Amissah <ralph@amissah.com>2010-03-06 09:47:55 -0500
committerRalph Amissah <ralph@amissah.com>2010-03-06 09:47:55 -0500
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@@ -1,6 +1,8 @@
-SiSU 1.0 2009
+%% SiSU versions 1 & 2, 2010
Homepage: <http://www.jus.uio.no/sisu>
+Herein (this package) reside SiSU versions 1 and 2.
%% Description
@@ -11,10 +13,10 @@ Homepage: <http://www.jus.uio.no/sisu>
With minimal preparation of a plain-text (UTF-8) file using its native
- markup-syntax, SiSU produces: plain-text, HTML, XHTML, XML, ODF:ODT
- (Opendocument), LaTeX, PDF, and populates an SQL database (PostgreSQL or
- SQLite) with text objects, roughly, paragraph sized chunks so that document
- searches are done at this level of granularity.
+ markup-syntax, SiSU produces: plain-text, HTML, XHTML, XML, EPUB (v2 only)
+ ODF:ODT (Opendocument), LaTeX, PDF, and populates an SQL database (PostgreSQL
+ or SQLite) with text objects, roughly, paragraph sized chunks so that
+ document searches are done at this level of granularity.
Outputs share a common citation numbering system, associated with text
objects and any semantic meta-data provided about the document.
@@ -47,6 +49,56 @@ Homepage: <http://www.jus.uio.no/sisu>
Homepage: <http://www.jus.uio.no/sisu>
+%% Take 2
+The ideas behind SiSU evolved working with managing static, published documents
+that needed to be citable, ideally searchable and preferably available in
+multiple formats over a period of time with a rapidly changing World Wide Web.
+Initial experience was in 1993, one issue being that the document content
+remained the same, but presentation needed to be updated with changing formats,
+html in particular has really changed since then.
+So the idea was to provide a minimal markup requirement for documents that
+remained the same, and a generator to convert that markup custom producing
+various output types. This made it possible to:
+* have a marked-up document set and continue improving the presentation, as the
+generators code was updated, e.g. update HTML as it evolves, and improve upon
+LaTeX driven pdf output
+* have available new document formats/ output types as they came to be of
+interest, e.g. version 2 includes EPUB
+* produce a citation system that is available across different output types,
+text based on objects (rather than page numbers), i.e. you can accurately and
+reliably cite text within a document regardless of the document format version
+that is being looked at
+* take advantage of the strengths of disparate technologies representing text,
+each output type being custom generated for that format, the object citation
+system lends itself as a result is that there is little necessity that one
+output type should be based on or related to another, just that the content is
+preserved and presented in a way that is well suited to the output type in
+* produce consistent quality presentation for material, suitable where
+substance/content is more important than appearance, there is some sacrifice of
+flexibility and no concept of wysiwyg, e.g. there is no attempt to make pdf
+output identical to html, rather the system attempts to take advantage of
+making the best presentation it can in each output format taking advantage of
+the strengths of that format available to it given the minimal markup (sisu
+document preparation); the citation system ensures you can pinpoint the same
+SiSU works best:
+* with published works (e.g. books, articles), static documents the content of
+which is changed rarely, and ideally when they do in the form of a new edition.
+* for literature and law related content
+SiSU uses Unicode, utf-8 where it is available,
SiSU - simple information structuring universe, is a publishing tool, document
@@ -64,9 +116,9 @@ Amongst it's characteristics are:
* simple mnemonoic markup style,
-* the ability to produce multiple output formats, including html, XML, LaTeX,
-pdf (via LaTeX), stream to a relational database whilst retaining document
-structure - Postgresql and Sqlite,
+* the ability to produce multiple output formats, including html, XML, EPUB,
+LaTeX, pdf (via LaTeX), stream to a relational database whilst retaining
+document structure - Postgresql and Sqlite,
* that all share a common citation system (a simple idea from which much good),
possibly most exciting, the following: if fed into a relational database (as it
@@ -93,17 +145,17 @@ Once set up it is simple to use.
Within the SiSU tarball:
- ./data/doc/sisu/v1/sisu_markup_samples/sisu_manual
+ ./data/doc/sisu/v2/sisu_markup_samples/sisu_manual
Once installed, directory equivalent to:
- <file:///usr/share/doc/sisu/v1/sisu_markup_samples/sisu_manual/>
+ <file:///usr/share/doc/sisu/v2/sisu_markup_samples/sisu_manual/>
Available man pages are converted back to html using man2html:
- <file:///usr/share/doc/sisu/v1/html/>
+ <file:///usr/share/doc/sisu/v2/html/>
- ./data/doc/sisu/v1/html/
+ ./data/doc/sisu/v2/html/
%% Online Information, places to look
@@ -285,7 +337,7 @@ the first document).
After installation of sisu-complete, move to the document samples directory
- cd /usr/share/doc/sisu/v1/sisu_markup_samples/dfsg
+ cd /usr/share/doc/sisu/v2/sisu_markup_samples/dfsg
and run
@@ -426,10 +478,10 @@ and
Sample marked up document are provided with the download tarball in the
- ./data/doc/sisu/v1/sisu_markup_samples/dfsg
+ ./data/doc/sisu/v2/sisu_markup_samples/dfsg
These are installed on the system usually at:
- /usr/share/doc/sisu/v1/sisu_markup_samples/dfsg
+ /usr/share/doc/sisu/v2/sisu_markup_samples/dfsg
More markup samples are available in the package sisu-markup-samples
@@ -442,11 +494,40 @@ Many more are available online off:
There is syntax support for some editors provided (together with a README file) in
- ./data/sisu/v1/conf/editor-syntax-etc
+ ./data/sisu/v2/conf/editor-syntax-etc
usually installed to:
- /usr/share/sisu/v1/conf/editor-syntax-etc
+ /usr/share/sisu/v2/conf/editor-syntax-etc
+v1, v2 Changes
+See changelogs
+From a developer's perspective the substantive change between the two versions
+is to the middle layer, (the document abstraction, the intermediate document
+representation used in processing). Version 1 uses strings and relies on
+regular expressions to identify document objects, while Version 2 uses ruby
+objects. The version 1 approach whilst programming language neutral offers less
+control, and leads to complicated code; version 2 approach takes advantage of
+features within the ruby language suited to what the application does.
+Development is curently on version 2, version 1 is likely to remain for some
+time as a reference implementation.
+%% v1, v2 Compatibility Notes
+Versions 1 and 2 are not quite compatible, version 1 and version 2 will run
+against each other's documents but document metadata, and processing
+instructions may be lost.
+On the input side, version 1 and 2 headers are different, version 2 headers
+have been tidied, see document markup samples provided
+On the output side, the sql databases produced if search is to be implemented
+are not the same and a database must be generated for each version, most other
+differences should be relatively cosmetic.
%% License