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Website META Language

WML is a free and extensible Webdesigner's off-line HTML generation toolkit for Unix. It consists of a control frontend driving up to nine backends in a sequential pass-oriented filtering scheme. Each backend provides one particular core language. For maximum power, WML additionally ships with a well-suited set of include files, which provide higher-level features built on top of the backends core languages. While not trivial and idiot proof, WML provides most of the core features real hackers always wanted for HTML generation.

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  •  30 May 2013 02:54

Release Notes: Fixes for building with recent perl-Pod-* modules (including those shipped with perl-5.18.0), and some cleanups to the Perl code.

  •  04 Dec 2012 00:34

Release Notes: This release removes ipp.* temporary directories, adds some fixes and speed optimizations to the CMake build, and makes some cleanups of the old Perl code (quite a lot remains to be done).

  •  02 Jun 2012 09:00

Release Notes: The build system was converted from a GNU Autotools-based one to one based on CMake.

  •  19 Apr 2008 03:45

Release Notes: The GNU Autotools setup now works with recent versions of Autotools. A patch was applied to fix building against Perl 5.10.0. A modified version of the CVE-2008-0665 temporary filenames patch was applied.

  •  19 Aug 2006 00:30

Release Notes: Building of the package on Cygwin was fixed. Some vendor patches were integrated.

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04 Sep 2003 05:16 kiropyckoticks

Help me please...
I am going to report about WML Website Meta Language about 3 weeks from now. I have to run it on linux and demonstrate how to use it basically. I gathered some data and some rpm (redhat package modules?) and i tried to install it on my computer. but i failed.

I am using my Windows because my linux can't install my internal modem. so i have to copy files to diskette so i can use it on my linux hard disk. i am really having a hard time.

can somebody email me some information about how to install this on slackware or redhat linux. which program to download and some sample source code and how to run it. i am just starting to learn linux and it is great. but i am easily overwhelmed with the new environment since i am a Windows users where all you have to do is to point and click. he he he.

today is (sept 04, 2003) your help will be so much appreciated. my email is "kiropyckoticks@yahoo.com".

I really do not get the picture of this WML.

03 Apr 2001 10:56 TomK32

Re: Like sendmail: Extremely powerfull, but extremely hard to understand
> If someone wants to generate HTML-pages
> based on some other information for
> input, then this is absolutely the right
> tool. It is easy to use, but hard to
> understand. It uses 9(!) different
> languages like m4 and perl.

I don't think that 9 BACKENDS ( not languages,
there are progs meant with backends) are a
disadvantage, you only need HTML, some Perl and
some (easy) WML stuff (HINT: try WML's doc browser
wmd), I also brought some php in and WML never
complained about (means, php-stuff was ignored :-)
If one thing is too hard to code in one language
you can easily switch to another.

And don't forget all the usefull and allready
in-built stuff like ToC or very easy
table-generation (with grid or xtable both with
pros and cons).

Sure you need some time to get used to it, but it
made my life very easy, layout changes are done
within minutes and a new page insert in the time I
need to write its content. I'm sure won't want to
miss it after a short while.

If you have probs with getting started or you want
(more or less) page framework check my page and
grab it's source (2 languages) www.TomK32.de

05 Sep 2000 15:11 akrennmair

Great utility
Forget WYSIWYG, forget pure HTML, the Website Meta Language is
unbeatable! Though in the beginning it's hard to understand,
you can make almost unmaintainable websites maintainable within
an hour. I converted almost all of my projects websites
to WML, and I really like it. I also found a simple way
with WML to keep website's menus up-to-date while avoiding
frames. The included Perl interpretation while compiling
the pages makes it even easier to realise things like including last
modification or compile time into a HTML page.

14 Jan 1999 17:19 dekay

Like sendmail: Extremely powerfull, but extremely hard to understand
If someone wants to generate HTML-pages based on some other information for input, then this is absolutely the right tool. It is easy to use, but hard to understand. It uses 9(!) different languages like m4 and perl.

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