Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Jython Book - Working with the Sources

The open source version of 'The Definitive Guide to Jython' (aka: Jython book) is available online, both in restructuredText format and HTML via Sphinx. Apress was good enough to send me the final versions for all of our chapters and appendicies in MS-Word format. It is my task to convert them from MS Word format into restructuredText...which is a slow and sometimes painful process.

Overview of Conversion Process

1) Open the MS-Word document in Open Office (my preference) and remove headers and footers from each page

2) Save the document in open office format

3) Try to apply the script that was donated by James Gardner. If that doesn't work, then save document in HTML format and use pandoc to convert.

Command: pandoc -t rst filename.htm > filename.rst

4) Manually parse through each rst file and repair issues (and there are usually a lot...especially with code markup and tables)

Interested in building the sources?

If you are interested in building the sources, you can check the out from at the following link: and then build them using Sphinx

View the Open Source Book

If you'd like to simply view the open source book, it can be found at in Sphinx format. We of course recommend that you purchase a copy of the book from Apress to keep handy as well so that you can mark it up, make notes, etc. However, the open source version will be continually updated and it will be great for using as a quick reference while online.

1 comment:

  1. Good stuff.

    If you think it would be useful, you can host the generated Sphinx documentation on Bitbucket directly.

    Here's how:


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