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From Upayavira>
Subject Re: Related Documents, MapTransformer and Topic Maps
Date Thu, 02 Oct 2003 05:54:35 GMT
Conal Tuohy wrote:

>Rogier Peters wrote:
>>Googleing xml and relations quickly brought me another subject that I
>>haven't seen discussed much here - XML topic maps. On of the big
>>advantages of topic maps over my simple mapping is the amount of
>>semantics that topic maps allow. Topic maps allow one thing to be
>>related to another, and also describe what the one thing is, what the
>>other thing is, and what kind of relation they have. 
>>So the next step would be to implement a topic map 
>>transformer. There is
>>a apache-license topic map project at
>> I'm definitely going to 
>>look into
>>it myself, but need to do some reading first, and I would like to
>>discuss it. By the way, if you don't like topic maps, I would like to
>>know too - I wasn't able to find any criticism on the matter 
>>'why topic maps are bad' or 'topic maps suck' didn't help)
>I've done some experimental work with Topic Maps in Cocoon - using XSLT to
>harvest TMs from other data sources, merge them, and then to render them as
>web pages with "related links". See for example
> for a TM-based view of some of our
>website that shows some of these relations but virtually no actual content
>(warning: it's very slow).
>I think the technology holds a lot of promise, and could be particulaly
>useful in things like Forrest, but we will need some extra components before
>they will be readily used in Cocoon, particularly a
>TopicMapMergeTransformer, and some kind of TM-oriented templating
>transformer for rendering. I haven't had a chance yet to deal with it, but
>it's on my list of things to do :-)
>By the way, did you realise that the tm4j project actually already includes
>some Cocoon components?
The chap leading a project (probably that one) on topic maps was active 
on the Forrest-dev list recently.

Regards, Upayavira

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