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From Mika Lehtonen <>
Subject Re: Is Cocoon the right tool?
Date Wed, 04 Mar 2009 20:40:43 GMT
Indeed it's an *interesting* assignment. Two things popped up in my mind:
1) Using Cocoon's sitemap and its components can be very enlightening 
experience. They really do are powerfull.
2) While looking your examples, I can't help myself thinking what you 
really are expecting Cocoon to be. Usually creating fancy layouts with 
numerous graphics and effects are connected in our minds to software 
with a powerful graphical user interface. What can you do graphically in 
Cocoon. Nothing, because it's a web development framework not a desktop 
design software. So you have to be prepared in coding, although you can 
do a lot in Cocoon without using any particular programming language. 
But still you have to learn also "Cocoon language" + for example XSL-FO 

- mika -

Luca Morandini kirjoitti:
> Fernando wrote:
>>>> Just to make sure, are layouts like these possible?
>>> Many, if not all, of these layouts can be created with CSS. Cocoon 
>>> would return clean (X)HTML (and many other formats) without any 
>>> particular style information. You would just need to ensure that the 
>>> HTML elements have appropriate id's.
>> But how would this apply to rtf or pdf? I mean, there's no equivalent 
>> of CSS
>> for those formats...
> Embedding graphics is possible with both PDF and RTF, though they use 
> a completely different syntax from CSS.
> Therefore, for PDF you would have to manually write "translators" from 
> XML to FO using XSLT, than Cocoon would take care of transforming FO 
> to PDF... I guess you would have to do something similar for RTF 
> (never tried).
> Seems to me a rather... hmm... *interesting* assignment ;)
> Regards,
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>    Luca Morandini
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