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From Robert Koberg <>
Subject Re: [report] xml-site update
Date Sun, 02 Jun 2002 04:00:36 GMT

Diana Shannon wrote:

> On Saturday, June 1, 2002, at 09:29  AM, Robert Koberg wrote:
>>>> It seems so strange that you hard code these things...
>>>> This should never be a problem. I don't understand the reluctance 
>>>> to use basic XSLT features, but by referencing the link/menu data 
>>>> through the document function (or whatever the right way is for 
>>>> cocoon - strange that it has to be different...) you totally 
>>>> eliminate this problem. If the link exists it is guaranteed to be 
>>>> correct. If a link 'links' to something that does not exist, either 
>>>> do not render the <a href/> (just the text) or wrap it in a span 
>>>> that has font-color:red or something.
>>> Part of the problem, Rob, is that we are dealing with static html 
>>> files that are merged together. The live site is produced from 
>>> static html files which result from release branch builds -- also 
>>> html. We have to take partial results of a release branch build 
>>> (files and directories) and merge with existing live site cvs files 
>>> and directories. It's inefficient, yes, but Forrest will address 
>>> this issue.
>> Really, how? Last week I tried to figure it out given the constraints 
>> of not using the XPath document function or include/import. I could 
>> not figure out how to do it. I raised the issue about hard-coded 
>> links on the forrest list and only one person took the time to 
>> investigate it. I gave a concrete example. Then he (Ivelin) posed the 
>> question to group asking if the thread was helpful. I think Steven 
>> responded simply with 'yes.'
> Give our dear friend Steven a break. Don't you think he had at least 
> one slightly more important issue to deal with last week? I'm 
> completely amazed he even has time to read emails, let alone respond.

arrgghhh... OK... <old-curmudgeon>those damn kids today, always screwing 
things up</old-curmudgeon> :) :) :)

I don't suppose anybody else could address the issue. Or is Steven the 
only one? I believe he was the one who gave the advice to not use 
document and include/import. Do others feel that you can/should use these?


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