On Wed, 16 Sep 1998 Massimo Castellacci asked
> I need documentation on creating style sheets for ead documents with
> Panorama free.
> Could anyone help me?
As far as I know, Softquad only provide documentation on how to
create stylesheets and navigators via the dialog interface which is
built into Panorama Pro (and, I assume, their Panorama Publisher
product) and which is _not_ part of Panorama Free or Panorama Viewer.
Basically, I guess Softquad intended Panorama Free and Panorama
Viewer as tools for document "readers" who weren't interested in
setting up their own documents for "publication".
(If you haven't seen Panorama Pro, basically the document display
looks similar to that of the viewer, but you can right click on the
content of an element in the main body of the display and set up
style characteristics via a dialog - if you try this in Panorama
Free, it tells you to buy Panorama Pro!)
Without Panorama Pro/Publisher, it might be difficult... Having said
that, the stylesheet which is generated via this dialog process is
itself an SGML-encoded document, encoded according to the Synex
Stylesheet Explorer DTD (which comes with Panorama Free as a file
called "sheet.ent" in the CATALOG sub-directory).
I don't know of any documentation of this DTD. If you have a look at
the content of a few stylesheet documents (i.e. the .ssh files which
are shipped over the Web with an EAD-encoded document) which other
EAD document publishers have set up, then it's not too difficult to
see how the style characteristics are encoded - essentially a series
of <STYLE> elements with the TAG attribute identifying the element
(possibly qualified by ancestry) and sub-elements identifying
characteristics like <FONT-SIZE>.
I really wouldn't like to be trying to set up a stylesheet from
scratch by this means, but using an existing stylesheet as a basis
and making modifications on a trial-and-error basis might be
workable, especially if your application of the EAD markup is fairly
close to the other publisher's.
You can usually locate the .ssh files in the web browser's cache
after downloading an EAD document from a remote source. Alternatively
some early implementors made their stylesheets available explicitly
via ftp. e.g. Library of Congress at
I'm sure there are others out there....
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