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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: What is Cocoon?
Date Mon, 17 Jun 2002 13:50:45 GMT wrote:

>The application is called DTM (Data Text Merge,
>It started as a replacement  for IBM's OfficeVision, which was a
>word-processing application on AS/400 (the UI was targeted to the 5250
>"green" terminals).
>Our application also has a 5250 UI and uses MS Word (with plugins) for
>wysiwyg editing on Win32 platforms.
>The files are stored in an internal (albeit encrypted) XML format.
>Cocoon (or parts of it) is used in the backend. The documents are mostly
>designed for very large mail-merges and can be printed on IBM's AFP or SCS
>printers, or exported to PDF, PS and PCL.
>We have written our own serializer to read and decrypt our XML-files and
>the 'merge'-module is a transformer.
>Internally, we use the XSL transformer to transform this result into
>XSL-FO, or into an older version of our XML format, for which we already
>have printing modules towards AFP and SCS.
>We would like to write serializers that can produce AFP and SCS data from
>FO as well, but there are a few shortcomings in FO that we need to support
>(the most important of which are "tab-stops"). This requirement stems from
>the days of yore: the most heard reason is "because OfficeVision supported
>it " :-(
>We are working towards a cleaner and better integration with Cocoon.

That's really, really interesting : Cocoon used for mass-mailing on 
AS/400. This is far from the classical XML webapp scenario ! Would like 
this to be included in Cocoon success stories once we add them to the docs ?


Sylvain Wallez
  Anyware Technologies                  Apache Cocoon 

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