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CDML wimp asks, XSL or PHP for Custom Web Pub.


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I currently run FM unltd 5.5 for custom web publishing using CDML. I bought FM Serv.7 Adv. but was so intimidated by the XSLT stuff I never deployed it. Besides a pro told me it had security and stability problems. On his advice I upgraded to ServerAdv 8.

I am a psych prof, not an IT person, and my solutions are generally simple, but not simple enough for instant web publishing. Should I go the XSLT route or the PHP route to create my web interfaces?

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This pro was incompetent what concerns security - XML/XSLT is much more secure than PHP. I never heard that it was possible to hack a XML/XSLT site, however, sometimes, that PHP code could be injected in PHP driven forums. However, his advice on upgrading to 8 was ok.

BTW, you can use the CDML2XSLT conversion tool that comes with FMSA 8. Or if you want to continue with CDML you can use Lasso.

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Thanks for your reply. My friend didn't day the xslt option was insecure and buggy, he claimed that server 7 advanced was. Anyway, what I most want to know is which option - learning php or learning to write the style sheets - will be the quickest and easiest way to custom web publish. I've looked at some of the documentation on XSLT and it looks like the code/grammer is 4 or 5 times more complicated than cdml. I really don't get why or what the advantage is.

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As someone who has spent the last year going through this conversion and opted not to use PHP, but XSLT, I would say that it depends on how many sites you need to change. I had 18 sites (and hundreds of web pages) and decided that PHP would mean redoing a lot of pages. If you have only a few pages or a couple of sites, PHP might be the way to go.

I used the converter in 7 and found that it left a lot of things undone (like headers, footers, value lists, proper way to do test [a.k.a. If statements]), but now that I have gone through all of that, I don't regret going this way. I made myself several cheat sheets to remind me how to do the headers, etc., and used the Site Assistant to give me some hints at times.

The only thing that I miss is an editor for XSLT for the Mac that allows you to see what the page will look like. I use Oxygen and if this has this capabaility, I haven't discovered it yet (if anyone knows if it does, please let me know).

Anyway, that is my two cents for what it is worth. By the way, I tried Lasso early one, but never warmed up to it. I have used Home Page (remember Claris???) and CDML until now.

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Create a link that changes the skip value (-skip=somenumber).

Either you do that manually, e.g. by first reading out -skip in your request-query parameter, saving the current skip value and reusing it ($next = $currentskip + 1 ; $previous = $currentskip - 1) , or if you have converted some CDML code with the CDML to XSLT conversion tool, you can use the get-link template of the cdml2xsl_utilities.xsl library to create a previous/next link. See appendix C of the FMSA CWP manual.

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