Résumé XML: Current and Future Steps

I have finished reformatting my résumé into my own XML schema and instance – basically, I now have a formalized definition for what the XML containing my résumé should look like alongside the actual data (in XML format, of course).  The first step was to create what’s called a transform – basically a method of translating the XML data into something more human-readable – so that it can be displayed on my web site in HTML format.  The PHP file that my résumé link points to now actually dynamically creates this HTML display based on the current state of the XML data behind it, so it’s as accurate as the information behind it.

My end goal is to make it so that the XML data drives all presentations of my résumé, including HTML, PDF, Word 2007, and plain text.  While the XML version will always be a complete reflection of my work history, accomplishments, etc. (so things will never be removed, only added), the Word, PDF, and plain text versions will be specifically targeted and abbreviated versions of the information on the site.  The HTML version, on the other hand, is likely to remain a complete transform of the XML (assuming that I don’t end up with so much data as to make this impractical to display properly).

There’s still quite a bit I need to do, though, in order to make this happen:

  1. Create a plain text transform.
  2. Figure out how to write a transform that allows me to create Word documents that have the same layout as my current Word document.
  3. Ditto for PDF.
  4. Modify the original schema (the formalized structural definition of the data) to include targeting parameters so that I can specify which information makes it into which transform.
  5. Add the ability to specify skills/objectives.

Numbers two and three are not insignificant tasks (the last two aren’t either, but require far less effort).  I’m hoping to get this done fairly quickly, since currently, I’m maintaining two copies of the same data in different formats (one in XML and one in Word 2007 format).

  • http://www.secure-file-exchange.com/ Lucian

    Re: 2—PHP has PDF generation extensions. I don’t know about Word though…

  • http://www.secure-file-exchange.com Lucian

    Re: 2—PHP has PDF generation extensions. I don’t know about Word though…

  • John Miller

    I’ve wanted to do this for a long time now, but just never got around to it. Congrats! Considered posting it to sourceforge? There’s the XML Resume Library out there (uses DTDs), but AFAIK, nothing open source that uses schemas.

    On a separate note, I bought the 2008 Jamis Aurora a couple of weeks ago and have been pretty happy with it. Solid shifting (never owned STI before), smooth ride, two rack eyelets on the rear–mighty nice for using both fenders and a rear rack (which I do during the workweek).

    John

    • http://www.petercellis.com/ Peter Ellis

      The schema’s rather simplistic, but I suppose I could consider extending it/posting it – I did see the XML Resume Library, but there were too many gadgets and doodads hooked to it to really get what I wanted out of it.

      I gotta start screening bikes again.. the Aurora’s way too high-end for me (I’m just starting to think about riding again and I haven’t ridden in over 10 years). I’ll probably just have to go down to the Seattle REI and let them sell me something.

  • John Miller

    I’ve wanted to do this for a long time now, but just never got around to it. Congrats! Considered posting it to sourceforge? There’s the XML Resume Library out there (uses DTDs), but AFAIK, nothing open source that uses schemas.

    On a separate note, I bought the 2008 Jamis Aurora a couple of weeks ago and have been pretty happy with it. Solid shifting (never owned STI before), smooth ride, two rack eyelets on the rear–mighty nice for using both fenders and a rear rack (which I do during the workweek).

    John

    • Peter Ellis

      The schema’s rather simplistic, but I suppose I could consider extending it/posting it – I did see the XML Resume Library, but there were too many gadgets and doodads hooked to it to really get what I wanted out of it.

      I gotta start screening bikes again.. the Aurora’s way too high-end for me (I’m just starting to think about riding again and I haven’t ridden in over 10 years). I’ll probably just have to go down to the Seattle REI and let them sell me something.