Virtual Filesystems Are Virtual Office Documents

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Use libferris, XML and XSLT to create virtual filesystems and virtual documents.
Some Future Directions

The major planned feature is the automatic derivation of the reverse stylesheet. This would make setting up xsltfs:// mountpoints much simpler. Things, such as duplicating nodes in the forward XSL file, would require an explicit reverse XSL file to resolve conflicts where each duplicate was edited in the transformed filesystem.

More plugins for ferris-filesystem-to-xsltfs-sheets are in the cards. For example, being able to edit data from common LDAP schemas, such as user authentication in OpenOffice.org, would be nice. Support for creating virtual OpenOffice.org zip files as the target of xsltfs:// would allow the creation of native OpenOffice.org documents.

More of the command-line options of patch probably will become available for the reverse stylesheet to use.

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Ben Martin has been working on filesystems for more than ten years. He is currently working toward a PhD at the University of Wollongong, Australia, combining Semantic Filesystems with Formal Concept Analysis to improve human-filesystem interaction.

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Reverse stylesheet

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Interesting, a great read Ben!
Using an explicit reverse makes updating a breeze! I like how you are able to modify the data on it's way back.

Just wondering, how do you find OpenOffice compared to other open source virtual office apps?

Dave

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