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From "Martin Desruisseaux (Jira)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (SIS-509) Migrate the web site to another site generator tool
Date Sat, 20 Feb 2021 18:59:00 GMT


Martin Desruisseaux commented on SIS-509:

Thanks for the replacement of source markdown files. I browsed a few pages and everything
seem fine. Well done! I can send an email on the dev@... list if there is no other short-term
tasks planed.

About the two remaining topics, I can create JIRA tasks. But before to do so I have two questions:

*About pages generated in HTML:* The page contents are generated from information provided
by service providers in Java. So the generators are in Java and can not be converted easily
to a scripting language. We could modify the Java code for generating Markdown of YAML instead
of HTML, but then the question would be for what purpose? On the advantage side I can see
a look more consistent with the rest of the site, but I'm not sure there is other advantage.
On the inconvenient side I suspect that we would have to put a lot of HTML in the Markdown
page anyway (because of `<summary>`, `<details>`, _etc._). If we have to do 90%
HTML + 10% Markdown, wouldn't it be simpler to do all in HTML for avoiding the complexity
of mixing two languages?

*About developer guide:* I had a look to pandoc (thanks for the info). It seems a great tools
for converting between various formats, including from HTML to PDF. It does not seem to be
a new format on its own (which is good since there is already so many formats). For writing
documentation with some semantic, I'm aware only of Docbook. But Docbook was created before
HTML 5, which introduced semantic elements. The interest of Docbook compared to HTML seems
lower today, compared to the cost of learning a new language. Maybe an alternative I would
like to explore is [the Ebook compiler|].

> Migrate the web site to another site generator tool
> ---------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: SIS-509
>                 URL:
>             Project: Spatial Information Systems
>          Issue Type: Task
>          Components: Web site
>            Reporter: Martin Desruisseaux
>            Priority: Blocker
> The Apache CMS is reaching end-of-life, and projects need to move their websites onto
a different option. More information there:
> * [Managing your project web site|]
> * [Migrate your project website from the Apache CMS|]
> * [SIS staging repository|]
> * [SIS production repository|]
> About the tools, two candidates (among others) are [Hugo|] and [JBake|].
The later is in Java.

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