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From Jesper Rasmussen>
Subject Re: [cocoon 1.8.2 Tomcat] New Site
Date Mon, 29 Oct 2001 09:16:39 GMT
Hi, there
I dont know if this would be a good idea, but....
do you know about TopicMaps? or more specific the xml version XTM?
Shortly XTM is a xml standard which describes a topicmap which is a
semantic map, which again is a graph of topics and associations.
I find it very usefull as a mean to define the structure and relationship
between information nodes or topic.
A very good api for java (TM4J) exists.

In the solution im curently building i use it defining menues, newsboard
message relationships,.....
I have previously used it to represent the relationships, in a
newsgroup/mail list, between message, from, to and thread, in order to
visualize it.

Why am i advocation it? Because it is a fantastic way to give meaning to
information. But more important that it will be even more interesting when
many uses it and generic browsers exist.

> The pages:
>     ""
> are the framework for my new and ongoing 'arboretum' project.
> I wanted a framework to illustrate an arboretum -- scientific and
> common names of the trees, a brief description of the trees, and
> lots of photos in different seasons.
> I wanted the page to show the information/photo gallery for any
> particular 'genus/species/season' so it had to be interactive. For
> me, that means frames/javascript.
> I wanted to incorporate a database containing  the tree information
> (but jpg would not be stored in the database).
> I have no idea how many different ways there are to do the above
> but I decided on xml, xsl, css, cocoon, esql (with Mysql database),
> jdk1.3.1, Tomcat. I use 'xsp logic' to handle passing arguments to xml;
> I expect I might make more use of xsp. Evidently browser sniffing
> is easy with cocoon and I will incorporate that in the new future.
> Comments welcome!
> Dave Biggar

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