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From Oliver Schoenwald <>
Subject Supporting servlet programmers with xml/xsl-stylesheets
Date Mon, 05 Nov 2001 15:34:59 GMT

I'm experimenting with a simple idea: after creating our Website using
Cocoon 1.8.2
and defining a central stylesheet to realize a certain design/layout for
the site,
I wondered how to accomplish another objective: allowing servlet
programmers who would
implement servlets within the Tomcat servlet engine (3.2.3) to use the
(taking an xml-file on request and transforming it "on the fly" to
another media, e.g.
html, using a xsl-stylesheet). The servlet should do its normal
function, but instead
of writing html-output for its user interface, it will prepare some
xml-code which
would be transformed to html using the same stylesheet as is used by the
of the website.
Of course, this stylesheet would need to be enhanced by certain
design-elements that
might be necessary for the servlet-user interfaces (e.g. some form
elements that allow
interactions between the user and the servlet), but these wouldn't
effect the "normal"

So far, I did some tests but have problems in understanding how a
servlet could send its
output (xml) to the Cocoon engine to be transformed to HTML by a defined
Can I implement this idea using Cocoon 1 or would I need Cocoon 2? Are
there any examples
that might help me further? Are there alternatives?

Thank you in advance,

Oliver Schoenwald

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