# Re: Choosing a primary input doc by selecting a file from a dir?

From: Manfred Staudinger <manfred.staudinger@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2011 11:07:35 +0100
Message-ID: <AANLkTinn+R_xre4Rb7zrnEggkde-cyuai5KLXepJPJCt@mail.gmail.com>
To: Bruce Chapman <bruce.chapman@nec.co.nz>
Cc: XProc Dev <xproc-dev@w3.org>
Hi Bruce,

solution you proposed. An user's file-select from within XProc is
somewhat against the declarative idea it occurred to me after

Regards,
Manfred

On 01/03/2011, Bruce Chapman <bruce.chapman@nec.co.nz> wrote:
> Manfred,
>
> We have a GUI based pipeline runner which we use internally but that is
> neither a product, nor open-sourced - so it isn't an option for you.
>
> So here's a trick I have used which might get you mostly there.
>
> 1: make the pipeline have an option where you can pass the dwfx file. (you
>
> 2: Create a batch file which calls calabash with your pipeline, and the
> batch file uses one argument (%1) as the .dwfx file and passes it as the
> option value to the pipeline via calabash options.
>
> 3: In windows you can associate this batch file as the thing to do whenever
> a user double clicks on a .dwfx file thus:
>
> assoc .dwfx=RevitXprocProcessor
> ftype RevitXprocProcessor="c:\path\to\your\batch\file.bat" "%1"
>
> RevitXprocProcessor can be any name you like that isn't already used
>
>
> 4: done
>
> Once you have done step 3: once (as admin) on each machine (& probably for
> each user), you can then double click any *.dwfx file and the batch file
> will run, be passed the dwfx file, which will fire up calabash and set the
> option to the dwfx file and run the pipeline against that file.
>
>
> An alternative is to add the batch file (step 2: above) to the desktop, and
> then you can drag a file from the windows explorer and drop it on the batch
> file on the desktop, and the batch file will be executed with the dropped
> file as the argument. This would allow you to set up different batch files
> for different pipelines. The first method above allows only one batch file
> to be run, but is more convenient for the users (double click vs drag and
> drop).
>
>
> This all works on XP, haven't confirmed it on later windows, but I can't see
> why it wouldn't work.
>
>
> Have fun.
>
> Bruce
>
>
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: xproc-dev-request@w3.org [mailto:xproc-dev-request@w3.org] On Behalf
> Of Manfred Staudinger
> Sent: Sunday, 27 February 2011 11:56 a.m.
> To: XProc Dev
> Subject: Choosing a primary input doc by selecting a file from a dir?
>
> I'm using Calabash plus Saxon to analyse and evaluate dwfx (zipped
> autocad/revit) files. The result doc is for example a svg floor plan,
> or a pie-chart with some statistic of how many doors or how much
> concrete and steel will be used for the building.
>
> I would like to let the user choose between different docs (created
> with revit) which represent different options for the building and
> lead to different costs. This in turn will induce new ideas how the
> model could be changed or improved ... In short, I would like to have
> the different dwfx in one directory, but let the user choose one by
> selecting any one file from there.
>
> It is all on the windows file system, and as the users are not very
> experienced, it would be ideal if I could use the windows "open file"
> dialogue for this.
>
> Is this even possible ??? If not, I would be grateful for any suggestion!
>
> Regards,
> Manfred
>
>
>

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