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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: OpenOffice frontend for CMS
Date Fri, 25 Jun 2004 13:15:38 GMT
Jon Evans wrote:

> Hi Sylvain,
> On 25 Jun 2004, at 11:42, Sylvain Wallez wrote:
>> Now we have that nice thing called OpenOffice that is a wordprocessor
>> storing its content as XML in a zip archive. We've used it as a
>> front-end for a CMS, providing template documents with style sheets that
>> have to be used. These styles match the structure of the target XML
>> document that is produced from the OO file. This solution just rocks, as
>> anybody (even a boss :-) is able to write content in a userfriendly and
>> productive environment with spell checking, typing completion, etc etc.
>> On the CMS side, the sxw archive is exploded, the XML content is
>> transformed into the target markup (e.g. DocBook) and images are stored.
> That's an inspired solution - is it all proprietary or is your code 
> published somewhere?

It's proprietary, but some basic blocks that were needed to build it are 
now in Cocoon: ZipArchiveSerializer, CVSSource (at, some 
parts of Cocoon Forms, etc.


Sylvain Wallez                                  Anyware Technologies 
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