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From Bill Winspur <>
Subject Re: Ant Core Task Quick Reference
Date Mon, 06 Jan 2003 00:53:02 GMT

the appendix e pdf has exactly the information i've needed for a long time,


----- Original Message -----
From: "Erik Hatcher" <>
To: "Ant Users List" <>
Sent: Saturday, January 04, 2003 4:52 PM
Subject: Re: Ant Core Task Quick Reference

> On Saturday, January 4, 2003, at 12:55  PM, Kenneth Lee wrote:
> > Thank you. I was once thinking about doing something similar.
> > But then I realize that keeping another set of documentation is likely
> > to have it not-synced with the rapidly changing core manual.
> >
> [...]
> > So I propose that the core documentation to be rebuilt from scratch,
> > probably in XML, so that different views of the manual (normal view
> > as well as quickref and index) could be generated in a unified manner
> > (thru XSLT and CSS.)
> Its in progress.  In fact, the past several days I've been refactoring
> the proposal/xdocs stuff and I'm going to make it part of the XDoclet
> project as a special set of Ant-specific subtasks to process Ant tasks
> and datatypes and extract the useful info and XML-ify it.  Its already
> been done, and the results can be seen here:
> As Steve has already mentioned, there is still a way to go with making
> documentation as rich as the current HTML docs, but that can be handled
> with some merge points in XDoclet to pull in some extra files per task
> to include examples or more.
> Its always been my goal to generate a quick reference of Ant
> tasks/datatypes, and we achieved this goal mostly already and its
> dead-on 100% accurate with how Ant works, rather than the current HTML
> documentation which may (or may not) have holes in which
> attributes/elements are shown.  Generating from XDoclet will ensure
> accuracy and allow attribute/element descriptions to be where they are
> defined rather than separately maintained.
> Erik
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