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From (Stephen R. Savitzky)
Subject Re: Easy to maintain Web applications?
Date Fri, 17 Dec 1999 01:44:30 GMT
brian moseley <> writes:

> On 15 Dec 1999, Stephen R. Savitzky wrote:
> > You might want to look at what we've done in the PIA for
> > this (after we get it documented...).  It involves an
> > optional XML description file in every subdirectory of
> > the site, rather than a single massive site map. 
> on the other hand, my application only has 30-40 urls
> overall, so a single global site map is highly preferable
> from a management standpoint. so the ability to have either
> configuration would be preferable.

Having it both ways is indeed desirable.  We actually allow three different

  1. a single hierarchical description file
  2. distributed description files 
  3. no map at all -- the URL tree just matches the directory tree

2+3 is essentially what Apache does with optional .htaccess files in the

There's a deep sense in which all three are equivalent: I built a simple
application that recursively traverses the resource tree defined by the
directories and their description files, and builds the hierarchical map.
Think of it as "ls -lR" with XML output.

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