[Owasp-leaders] [balint:7129] Help with OWASP books project - need a web designer

Timur 'x' Khrotko [owasp] timur at owasp.org
Sat Aug 4 21:40:52 UTC 2018

Hello, I work on a document pipeline of a similar sort: to prepare
collaborative book/guide content in md (hosted on gitlab, or github, or/and
in local gits), to compile the publications with pandoc and publish it
online (for me the PDF books are secondary in their practical usefulness).
We prepare a couple of such collaborative defdev publications: an ssdlc
playbook and secure coding guides.

I suggest using a standard 'css for md' css as base -- there are a number
of such csses. You can dig a nice one from the internals of visual code for
example. Or (as I do) you can start off the

Then you add your custom css next in the cascade. You need a designer for
the latter only.

Also in case of a book your source is not a monolithic md but pieces which
you have to concatenate before feeding to pandoc. And you can hit a couple
of the md weaknesses, like line breaks which working your editors are not
expected to learn.

Let me know if I can help with some particular issues.


On Sat, 4 Aug 2018 at 15:14, Sherif Mansour <sherif.mansour at owasp.org>

> Hey Gang
> Now that AppsecEU is behind us, I need some small web design help on the
> owasp books project, if you know a web desinger or would like to help it
> would be much appreciated.
> The idea is to provide the various OWASP document projects with a template
> and a service to publish their documents in various formats - when they so
> choose.
> Basically OWASP has a lot of books in various formats. We want provide a
> service to document projects to move them to MarkDown format and from there
> we can use a tool called pandocs to export them to any format
> (PDF/Ebooks/physical books etc..). That way we can update them easily and
> publish them on amazon etc..
> We have already helped the SAMM project convert their PDF of version 1.5
> into Mark Down. We need to produce a nice design template (CSS) for
> projects to use if they want.
> *Where are the books?*
> Currently we have one book: The SAMM ebook can be found here (this
> includes the images, and mobi/epub formats):
> https://github.com/OWASP/samm/tree/master/v1.5/MarkDown
> The basic instructions on how to convert a md file to an ebook can be
> found here:
> https://github.com/OWASP/samm/blob/master/v1.5/MarkDown/Owasp-Books.md
> However it doesn't look great. Now pandocs has actually a template to show
> how it's done properly here:
> https://github.com/wikiti/pandoc-book-template
> *What is the ask:*
>    - Take the contents of the current MD formated book (see link
>    <https://github.com/OWASP/samm/tree/master/v1.5/MarkDown>).
>    - Go through the pandoc guide here: https://github.com/wikiti/pandoc-
>    book-template <https://github.com/wikiti/pandoc-book-template>
>    - Format the book to look "cleaner" and ready for publishing (the book
>    can take a CSS as well like in the guide above).
> *What is the plan next?*
> Please reach out to me, we have many documents and we want to ensure they
> are updated regularly so a default book design/format would help the
> foundation greatly.
> --
> Sherif Mansour
> OWASP Global Board Member & OWASP London Chapter Leader
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> Email: sherif.mansour at owasp.org
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