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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: Sites built from sites
Date Thu, 12 Feb 2004 03:57:28 GMT
Dave Brondsema wrote:
> Quoting Ross Gardler <>:
>>Clay Leeds wrote:
>>>On Feb 11, 2004, at 9:29 AM, Ross Gardler wrote:
>>>>So, I'm thinking that perhaps we should have sub-sites. In this 
>>>>instance each course would have its own site.xml (site_A.xml, 
>>>>site_B.xml etc.) then site.xml brings together then necessary sub-site 
>>>>  <import site="site_A.xml">
>>>>  <import site="site_B.xml">
>>>I would think that Forrest's TAB system would suffice to accomplish this 
>>>type of task (the building of sub-sites), and would create one tab for 
>>>each sub-site.
>>I already extended the tab system to have two layers of tabs, now I am 
>>outgrowing that. But the main thing is that I need to provide different 
>>courses for different institutions. I teach at three different places. 
>>Not all of them have the same courses, so I really need different sites.
> That sounds really big.  Do they all need to be integrated?  I would suggest
> making each course it's own site and have one master site that consists mainly
> of external links to all the seperate course sites.

Well, I'm not really telling the whole story. I run the sites 
dynamically and my ultimate objective is to build different sites for 
different students. So if a student is taking courses A, B and D they 
only see those courses.

Of course I could do this by having separate sites as you suggest and 
just generate the "index" site for each individual student. In fact, I 
went that way about three months ago, but I recently reintegrated 
everything into one site. The reason being that I do alot of xincludes 
across courses and this proved to be really difficult as I had to 
xinclude from the live site. This made testing impossible unless online, 
since this is a third world country connectivity isn't as good as I'd 
grown used to in the UK :-)

Perhaps I am tackling this in the wrong way?


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