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5.10 Document publishingBook Index5.10.3 Link transformation

5.10.2 Document information aggregation Introduction

When a document is published in the Wiki, the Wiki will retrieve the document using a publisher request, and style it using a document-type specific stylesheet (or fall back to a default stylesheet).

The information available to this stylesheet is basically just the document with its parts and fields (and some wiki-context information such as the user etc.). Sometimes it might be useful to show additional information with the document.

For example, suppose you have a field "Category". When a document is published, you would like to show at the bottom of the document a list of documents which have the same value for the Category field as the document that is being published.

This can be done by making use of custom publisher request for these documents. The basic reference information on this can be found in the publisher documentation. Here we will have a look at how this applies to the Wiki using a practical example.

If you want to try out the example described here, then make a field Category (string), create a document type having this field (its name does not matter), and create a few documents of this document type, of which at least some share the same value for the Category field.

For none of the changes described here, it is required to restart the repository server or wiki. Creating a publisher request set

The first thing to do is to define a new publisher request set. In the daisydata directory (not wikidata directory), you will find a subdirectory called "pubreqs":

<daisydata directory>/pubreqs

In this directory, create a new subdirectory, for the purpose of this example we will call it "foobar":

<daisydata directory>/pubreqs/foobar

In this directory, we need to create three files:

Let's start with the mapping file. Create, in the foobar directory, a file named mapping.xml, with the following content:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<m:publisherMapping xmlns:m="http://outerx.org/daisy/1.0#publishermapping">
  <m:when test="$Category is not null" use="categorized.xml"/>
  <m:when test="true" use="default.xml"/>

This mapping tells that when the document has a field Category, the publisher request in the file categorized.xml should be used. In all other cases, the second m:when will match and the publisher request in the file default.xml will be used. The expressions here are the same as used in the query language (and thus as in the ACL).

Instead of checking on the existence of a field, a more common case is to check on the document type. For this you would use an expression like documentType = 'MyDocType'.

Create (in the same foobar directory) a file called default.xml with the following content:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<p:publisherRequest xmlns:p="http://outerx.org/daisy/1.0#publisher">

This is the same publisher request as is normally used, when you do not bother to create custom publisher requests.

Now we arrive at the most interesting: the publisher request for documents having a Category field. Create a file called categorized.xml with the following content:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<p:publisherRequest xmlns:p="http://outerx.org/daisy/1.0#publisher" styleHint="categorized.xsl">

  <p:group id="related">
      <p:query>select name where $Category = ContextDoc($Category) and id != ContextDoc(id)</p:query>


Note the difference with the publisher request in default.xml. We have now included a query which retrieves the documents with the same value for the Category field, but excluding the current document. The only purpose of the p:group element is to make it possible to distinguish this query from other queries we might add in the future.

Also note the styleHint attribute. This is an optional attribute that can be used to indicate the stylesheet to be used (instead of relying on the document-type specific styling). Telling the Wiki to use the new publisher request set

In the Wiki, the publisher request set to be used can be specified per site (in the siteconf.xml) or can be changed for all sites (in the global siteconf.xml). Either way, this is done by adding a <publisherRequestSet> element in the siteconf.xml. For this example, we will change it globally, thus we edit:

<wikidata directory>/sites/siteconf.xml

And as child of the root element (the order between the elements does not matter), we add:


It can take a few seconds before the Wiki notices this change, but you do not need to restart the Wiki for this. If you would now go looking at documents with a Category field, they would still look the same as before, as we have not yet adjusted the stylesheets to display the new information. Creating a stylesheet

The styling is just the same as with regular document-type specific styling, however the styling here is not specific to the document type but rather driven by the publisher request. In the publisher request we used the styleHint attribute to tell the Wiki it should use the categorized.xsl stylesheet. Other than that, everything is the same as for document-type specific styling. Thus we need to create a file categorized.xsl at the following location:

<wikidata directory>/resources/skins/default/document-styling/html/categorized.xsl

Since these stylesheets are in the same location as the document type specific stylesheets, care should be taken that their names do not conflict with document types (unless on purpose of course). If your custom publisher requests are related to the document type, it is not needed to specify the styleHint attribute as the normal document type specific styling will do its job.

Here is an example categorized.xsl:

<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
  <xsl:import href="daisyskin:xslt/document-to-html.xsl"/>

  <xsl:template match="d:document">
    <h1 class="daisy-document-name"><xsl:value-of select="@name"/></h1>
    <xsl:apply-templates select="d:parts/d:part"/>
    <xsl:apply-templates select="d:links"/>
    <xsl:apply-templates select="d:fields"/>

    Other documents in this category:
      <xsl:for-each select="../p:group[@id='related']/d:searchResult/d:rows/d:row">
          <a href="{$documentBasePath}{@documentId}?branch={@branchId}&amp;language={@languageId}">
            <xsl:value-of select="d:value[1]"/>

    <xsl:call-template name="insertFootnotes">
      <xsl:with-param name="root" select="."/>

And that's it.

5.10 Document publishing5.10.3 Link transformation