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From Steven Noels <>
Subject ratification of Cocoon mission statement
Date Tue, 10 Feb 2004 14:31:43 GMT

there were comments at the time of Cocoon's migration to TLP status 
that our mission was self-referencing, so we had a short discussion on 
the developers list which resulted in a new mission statement, needing 
ratification by the board:

"The Apache Cocoon Community Project fosters community-based 
exploration, design and implementation of application frameworks, 
specifically but not exclusively web-related. It focuses on XML 
pipelining, centralized configuration mechanisms and separation of 
concerns through composability rather than programmability, by 
combining and extending existing Apache and other open source 
libraries. It hosts application development frameworks, applications 
built on these frameworks, and development tools built for these 
frameworks and applications."

The reservation w.r.t. making our mission "web application 
development-only", suggested by making "non-web-exclusiveness" explicit 
in our mission statement is because Cocoon is designed to be largely 
context-independent, and that, apart from the obvious Servlet 
incantation, there also exists a Bean variant, a CLI interface, and it 
can also be hosted in a JSR168 Portlet container.

In case this statement meets the requirements of the board, please 
include it into the next board meeting agenda for ratification.


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