[oXygen-user] Ajax-like content completion list in oXygen?

James Cummings
Sat Jul 7 07:33:27 CDT 2007

Hi David,

This sounds like lots of fun, but I guess I want to know more about why you want 
to do this? Doesn't this really go against the re-use principle of XML text 
encoding?  I mean, isn't it better to do something like <index 
sameAs="index.xml#catsAndDogs"/> pointing to an <entry xml:id="catsAndDogs"> in 
index.xml (or better, temporarily XIncluding it, so having local pointers oXygen 
has no problem providing in a drop-down list), so not entering the text in that 
point?  XSLT postprocessing can of course then stick in the text if it is really 
needed for standalone distribution. ... But I know you know all of this, which 
is then what prompts my confusion.   What is the benefit of sticking in the 
actual text rather than pointers to IDs?  What is your use-case?  Why is it 
better to put in the full text rather than a pointer?

It does sound like a fun idea though.

Just curious,

David Sewell wrote:
> I'm wondering how the following might be accomplished in oXygen.
> Suppose I have an index of terms stored in an XML file, call it
> "index.xml". The file looks like this:
>     <index>
>         <entry>cats : and dogs</entry>
>         <entry>cats : and mice</entry>  <!-- etc. -->
>     <index>
> I am editing an XML file, call it "doc.xml",  in which I want to insert
> index terms contained in the index file, like so:
>     <p>In 2006 Felix the cat caught over 200
>        mice.<index><term>cats: and mice</term></index></p>
> While editing doc.xml, after I type "<term>", I want to access a list of
> possible entries drawn from index.xml. Ideally this would be implemented
> in the manner of popular Ajax-based form entry, so that typing the first
> few letters would call up a window containing a list of all index
> entries beginning with those letters.
> Because index.xml could contain thousands of entries, this goes beyond
> what oXygen content completion or code templates are designed to do.
> Would this task require writing a plug-in for oXygen? Or are there
> off-the-shelf Ajax tools that would work with the Eclipse version of
> oXygen to enable this kind of interaction?
> DS

Dr James Cummings, Oxford Text Archive, University of Oxford
James dot Cummings at oucs dot ox dot ac dot uk

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