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From Jeff Turner <>
Subject [ANN] Apache Forrest 0.3 released
Date Fri, 31 Jan 2003 05:02:41 GMT
The Forrest team is pleased to announce the release of Apache Forrest
0.3.  The release is available at

Forrest ( is an XML standards-oriented
project documentation framework built on Apache Cocoon, providing XSLT
stylesheets and schemas, images and other resources. Forrest uses these
to render the XML source content into a website via command-line, robot
(see, or a dynamic web application.

Forrest 0.3 incorporates two months of improvements and bugfixes since
0.2.  Most of the changes are incremental, and backwards-compatibility
with 0.2 has been maintained.  Compared to 0.2, the main changes are:

 - Generated URI spaces are much cleaner, with meaningful fragment
   identifiers generated from @ids or <title>s.
 - A new 'krysalis-site' skin (eg, at
 - All skins are valid HTML 4.0.1, with an XHTML 1.0 skin in the works.
 - FAQ rendering has been greatly improved (see
 - The need for a book.xml per directory has been removed in favour of a
   central site.xml file defining the entire site.  book.xml is still
   fully supported.
 - One can now link to an abstract node in site.xml, which is translated
   at runtime to the actual href.  Eg, <site
   href="site:faq/how_can_I_help"> might become <a
   Likewise, <link href="ext:xhtml2"> might become <a
   href="">.  More info at
 - Flexible handling of raw non-Forrest-generated content.
   Hand-generated HTML may be copied across unmodified, or have just the
   header/menu added.
 - Alternative doc formats, including subsetted HTML and Wiki formats.
   An incomplete Docbook stylesheet is looking for a developer.
 - Forrest no longer clobbers xdocs edited in build/webapps.

A full list of changes is available at:

As usual, please send feedback to

  The Apache Forrest team

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