[OWASP-GUIDE] OpenOffice format for The Guide?

David Endler dendler at owasp.org
Thu Oct 31 19:40:00 EST 2002

hey guys,

I had some thoughts about future documentation development and management
and wanted some feedback.  Currently in the Application Security Testing
Framework project, we're using OpenOffice to distribute copies of a draft
and letting each person make modification using the "track changes" feature.
There is a relatively simple python script to convert from OpenOffice to XML
Docbook (http://www.chez.com/ebellot/ooo2sdbk/).  This is easy for those
contributors who aren't XML ninjas, and easy for me in visually tracking who
made what changes to the Testing doc.  This is also nice in that this format
can be saved to MS Word format, which can be easily pdf'd with fewer
formatting issues when release time comes around.

I like the idea of using OpenOffice in that it remains true to the open
source spirit of OWASP, but is accessible to the less XML/CVS savvy
contributorship.  What do you guys think of converting what we have now of
The Guide from HTML format to OpenOffice, and using this as the main format
from which to generate all others?


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