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From Francesco Chicchiriccò <>
Subject Re: Website management [WAS Re: resurrect the Cocoon documentation]
Date Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:53:23 GMT
Hi all,
I have just migrated to maven site generation and XDOC format the
cocoon-main-site [1] and also published the re-generated pages: please
take a look at our website and let us know if there is something to fix.

I'll continue this migration process for all other subsites under [2].

While taking a closer look to main site content, I've noticed some issues:

* News in home page MUST be updated: I think we can add there the
release of C3 alpha-2 and alpha-3 and the availability of C2.1 and C3
samples in

* Professional Services [3]: some links are broken + I would like to add
my company (Tirasa); other interested?

* Weblogs [4]: some links are broken + I would like to add my own blog;
other interested?

* Products [5]: latest HippoCMS releases are not based on Cocoon anymore
+ MindQuarry seems not to be operational anymore + I would like to add
Hippo Cocoon Toolkit [6]; other interested?

* Live Sites [7]: each entry there should be reviewed

* How to contribute [8]: it's all about how to run Daisy for
documentation; I would wipe it completely and replace with something
more general about how to contribute to Cocoon

* How to publish docs [9]: obsolete, update or remove

* How to build the site locally [10]: obsolete, update or remove

* Releasing Cocoon [11]: update / remove Daisy information

* Project Team [12]: someone went emeritus, new people has been added



On 17/03/2012 13:48, Simone Tripodi wrote:
> +1 for option #2, I like keeping the doc under control and in a format
> can be deployed wherever :)
> For that purpose, I just launched the VOTE thread for the Thien Skin 1.0.1.
> Thanks for leading this, all the best!
> -Simo
> 2012/3/16 Francesco Chicchiriccò <>:
>> Hi all,
>> yesterday, while looking at, I've spent some time at
>> our website, and the e-mail below came into my mind.
>> I believe we should act in this respect as soon as possible, since our
>> outdated website is all but attractive and informative: think only that
>> every page reports "Errors and Improvements? If you see any errors or
>> potential improvements in this document please help us: View, Edit or
>> comment on the latest development version (registration required)." pointing
>> to a non-existing Daisy instance.
>> Taking the attached e-mail into account, I think we should choose whether:
>> 1. try to resurrect a Daisy instance in our jail - with Betrand's help /
>> manage somehow 2.1 docs with forrest;
>> 2. use Cocoon to parse existing HTML files (for C2.2 and C2.1) and generate
>> a bunch of xdoc/apt files that will serve as a basis for managing a whole
>> maven / svnsubpub based website (like as we're currently doing for C3);
>> 3. use Apache CMS and try to import all existing documentation (including
>> C3's, in this case) - as suggested by David in the e-mail below;
>> I am for (2) and can spend some time for this, with some other volunteer, of
>> course ;-)
>> WDYT?
>> Regards.
>> On 16/01/2012 14:21, David Crossley wrote:
>>> TL;DNR
>>> Use the Apache CMS for at least our top-level docs
>>> and the stalled 2.1 and 2.2 docs.
>>> However, i cannot actually do this work, just explain and guide.
>>> I have done some background research to try to gather the
>>> various past threads and docs. Perhaps this will help us to
>>> bring the Cocoon documentation back to life.
>>> In the past we had the sources for the docs in xml format
>>> and then processed by Apache Forrest to generate the html pages.
>>> A few years ago we moved to using the Daisy CMS to store/edit
>>> all content for 2.1 and 2.2 versions, as well as the top-level
>>> project non-version-specific stuff.
>>> For Cocoon-2.2, and the top-level stuff, the Maven site plugin
>>> extracted the content from Daisy and generated the html pages. [4]
>>> For Cocoon-2.1, the Forrest plugin "Daisy input plugin" extracted
>>> the content from Daisy and generated the html pages. [5]
>>> For Cocoon-3, the source content is stored in xml files
>>> and the Maven site plugin generates the html pages.
>>> All generated html was (and still is) committed to the
>>> Cocoon "site" SVN [1].
>>> Then 'svn up' on the machine does the
>>> publishing step. (Later that step could move to using svnpubsub.)
>>> The Daisy server operated on our Zones machine
>>> (which also housed the demonstrations for Cocoon 2.1 and 2.2).
>>> The Zones server is managed by the Cocoon project. See [2].
>>> However, the machine that provided the zones for a set of
>>> projects needed to be upgraded. The Cocoon project did not
>>> move our services in time.
>>> IIRC we do now have a "freebsd jail" which is basically configured,
>>> but not yet re-installed Daisy or Cocoon demo examples,
>>> nor the web server.
>>> IIRC we did get a backup of the Daisy data [3] if that helps.
>>> The Forrest forrestbot neededi to be turned off, as it could not
>>> access the source content for the 2.1 documentation.
>>> For the 2.2 documentation, i presume that Maven also has troubles.
>>> So unless someone can re-instate the new
>>> and the Daisy server, then we need some other solution.
>>> Suggestion to use the Apache CMS:
>>> One other solution would be to use the new Apache CMS. [7]
>>> It can have source content in either Markdown format
>>> or in HTML format and perhaps others.
>>> To resurrect the content, we might be able to use the
>>> last published "generated" set of html documents, strip off
>>> the outer headers and menu stuff, replace with basic header,
>>> and use that set of content to seed the CMS.
>>> --------------------
>>> (Some of these resources are only available to Cocoon PMC members.)
>>> [1]
>>> [2]
>>> [3] Search the PMC archive for various email from Bertrand
>>> [4]
>>> How to publish docs to
>>> (i.e. for Cocoon-2.2 and the top-level of c.a.o)
>>> [5]
>>> How to publish Cocoon-2.1 docs
>>> [7] Apache CMS
Francesco Chicchiriccò

Apache Cocoon PMC and Apache Syncope PPMC Member

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