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From Michael Wechner <>
Subject Re: [FYI] Success Story - Cocoon-based Web-CMS with Vignette-Integration
Date Sat, 09 Mar 2002 19:03:12 GMT
Attend the
First Annual Open Source Content Management Systems Conference
on March 21-22, Zurich, Switzerland

Maybe you will discover a way to

>give some of your cocoon-related know-how as 'power-user'
>back to the community in the future

faster than you expected:-}

All the best


Stefan Seifert wrote:

>We developed in a big project roughly spanning the past 1,5 years a
>Java-based Web Content Management System using Cocoon 2 with
>The result of the first development phase (the live website) you can see
> (german). The System was developed by
>gedas for the 'parliamentary faction of Bündnis90/Die Grünen' (the
>German Green Party).
>Some technical/architectional information:
> - The live-site is powerd by a farm of 5 web-/application and database
> - The whole Live-Website is generated by Cocoon 2.0.1
> - The data (metadata, XML/XHTML-Fragments, Image data) is stored in a
>relational database
> - Each page delivery consists af a bunch of complex aggregated
>XSP-Pages using ESQL, transformed with XSLT-Stylesheets for different
> - Output is done in HTML, HTML Print version, PDF, RTF, Text (all
>generated from the same content) and JPEGs (for graphical menus). (In
>the live-site you will see at this moment only HTML output - the other
>formats are used live in the near future).
> - For some reasons the caching mechanisms of Cocoon where not used but
>it was decided to run this high-traffic Website on Vignette, using the
> - Vignette is used for some other special community-features like
> - The Content Management System itself is a traditional JSP/Java-Based
>n-tiered System running in IE5 and higher and Netscacpe 4.7 and higher,
>using a java applet for authoring formatted XHTML fragements. Some
>additional feaures: Complex User Roles, simple Workflow,
>Image+Link-Management etc.
> - A sort of 'cache manager daemon' does on-demand-regeneration of
>changed pages
> - The system supports the administration of several sites in the same
>web farm with completely different layouts
> - The system is used by up to 200 editors who can edit content -
>without having to know anything about HTML or XML.
>In late 2000 we took a first look at Cocoon 1 and did some prototyping
>and implemented the system using Cocoon 2 since it reached first beta.
>We were very impressed by the features and architecture of cocoon. The
>first architecture was planned as a vignette-only website, but because
>the lack of sufficient XML-support in Vignette (and other reasons) we
>decided to use Cocoon as core system and Vignette only for caching and
>cluster management and never looked back!
>Using the sitemap-concept of Cocoon 2 it was very easy to implement the
>cryptic Vignette URL syntax like ",938,123,00.htm" and Vignette
>Integration was made very easy.
>Thanks to all developers maintaining and extending cocoon!
>Its an excellent system! (some wishes, of course, remain)
>The Content Managemenet System itself is unfortunately closed-souce, but
>perhaps we can give some of our cocoon-related know-how as 'power-user'
>back to the community in the future.
>If you like marketing stuff see the official press release for this
>(you will find contact info for commercial contacts there too)
>In case you don't know what Vignette is go
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