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From David Swearingen <>
Subject RE: Best Way to Build a "Traditional" Website Structure Using Coc oon?
Date Sun, 11 Apr 2004 20:54:00 GMT

I've not considered CSS for layout since I'm comfortable with
tables...but I'm open to hearing if there is a better way to layout
header/footer/nav/body in a way that is consistently handled by most


--- "Schultz, Gary - COMM" <> wrote:
> Have you considered cascading style sheets (css) for layout instead
> of
> tables. I'm using that for my web sites and I think it tends to
> simplify
> things. Use Cocoon to build the html element structure and css to
> layout the
> web page. This way you do not have to worry about getting the
> different
> parts of the page in the correct table layout element. The basic
> layout of
> our Commerce Housing website at is
> css
> based. 
> Gary T. Schultz
> Web Technical Administrator / GIS Coordinator
> Wisconsin Department of Commerce
> 6th Floor
> P.O. Box 7970
> Madison, WI 
> 1-608-266-1283
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Swearingen []
> Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2004 5:04 PM
> To:
> Subject: Best Way to Build a "Traditional" Website Structure Using
> Cocoon?
> Newbie question:  I am designing a dynamic website and have chosen
> Cocoon as the architecture.  The website will contain a 'classic'
> structure, with left navigation, masthead, footer, and a body section
> containing content.  The various elements, like the navigation,
> surrounding the content will rarely change of course.  I will define
> these in XML.  So there will be a leftnav.xml, masthead.xml,
> footer.xml.  In a typical website like this the whole thing is in an
> html table, and the top row of the table contains the masthead, a
> left
> cell contains the navigation, the right cell contains the body text,
> and the bottom row contains the footer.  Very straightforward, done
> all
> the time.  I've built numerous sites like this with Struts and other
> tools.
> Now imagine the request comes for a page, like faq.html.  I know how
> to
> make Cocoon grab faq.xml and run it through a XSL transformer to add
> the html markup and then serialize it out.  Done this already.
> But for my website I need to generate the entire table context for
> the
> page, then insert the masthead html, then there's more html that
> closes
> the table cell and opens a new one, generates the left navigation
> html
> from leftnav.xml, closes the cell, spits out my content from faq.xml,
> etc., you get the picture.
> Ideally I want my page structure html -- the code that defines the
> overall page table that holds all the elements -- in one file, and
> the
> masthead, navigation and footer in their own files, and then of
> course
> the content documents are in their respective xml files.  This makes
> for easy site maintenance.
> So what's the best way to do this in Cocoon?  It seems it could be
> accomplished in numerous ways, but I have a feeling there's a
> best-practice here.
> Thanks,
> David
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