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From "Mark R. Diggory" <>
Subject Re: [all] maven sites
Date Wed, 18 Feb 2004 03:31:24 GMT
I'll also comment, that by taking over our own commons-site.jsl for the 
overall look and feel of the site, we can really customize things like 
navigation menu and overal layout of the site to our own specifications! 
We will not be dependent on anyone (even developers of the maven xdoc 
plugin) in determining what our L&F is.

One additional thing we could do is add in our own "global" navigation 
include and drop all the xml includes into navigation.xml's of 
subprojects. This means that all the subprojects would ever be dependent 
on was the property:



Mark R. Diggory wrote:

> matthew.hawthorne wrote:
>> Mark R. Diggory wrote:
>>> Ok, this appears to work across the site as long as the 
>>> for each subproject contains
>>> maven.xdoc.jsl=../commons-build/commons-site.jsl
>>> It appears that even when the the project.xml extends 
>>> ../commons-build/project.xml that the 
>>> ../commons-build/ are not included (bummer I was 
>>> really dependening on that for transparent behavior int he 
>>> subprojects). Maybe theres a way to link the 
>>> together that I'm missing?
>> I don't think that Maven has inheritable properties files.  That's 
>> something that
>> a lot of people seem to ask about.
>> Maybe the best way to go about this is to create a small plugin?  It 
>> would be
>> better than having to hack some properties into every project, or load 
>> the
>> same file from every project's maven.xml.
> I suspect that, then everyone will need to install that plugin to build 
> the site or their subproject site. And one thing I'm trying to avoid is 
> anyone having to modify maven or any of its plugins to accomplish a 
> stable site build.
> I think we can accept that all projects require the presence of
> maven.xdoc.jsl=../commons-build/commons-site.jsl
> in their to do a site build and still maintain 
> consistent look and feel to the site, once 
> inheritance and themes come into existence and are more widely accepted, 
> then we can just drop the property.
> I'll be glad to do the footwork to add this property to all the 

Mark Diggory
Software Developer
Harvard MIT Data Center

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