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From Thorsten Scherler <>
Subject Re: Deploy 2 different site with 1 Forrest pub
Date Fri, 25 Jun 2004 12:57:53 GMT
Ross Gardler wrote:

> Scherler, Thorsten wrote:
>> Hello list,
>> I was wondering whether it is possible to have a forrest pub and 
>> deploy 2 different sites with that same pub.
>> [...]
> This is a requirement I have too. I discussed some solutions to this 
> with the list some time ago (cannot provide a link to the archives as 
> I'm offline right now). I've been away for some time on other things. 
> However, I do have an almost complete solution to this problem, I need 
> to propose it back here and make it fit into the Forrest way of doing 
> things so here goes. First a little background:
> Our project ( is building a tool for creating 
> Learning Objects (reusable chunks of learning content). Each Learning 
> Object can consist of original content and zero or more external 
> learning objects. These learning objects come from a repository (which 
> right now is simply a file structure referenced by URL).
> We use Learning Object standards for defining the structure of the 
> Learning Object, this means that we have a manifest file (actually an 
> IMS manifest) that replaces both the site.xml and tabs.xml file 
> (actually we generate site.xml and tabs.xml from it when creating the 
> web site). Within this manifest we can reference an external Learning 
> Object. When the site is built the external object is pulled from the 
> repository and included in the relevant point of the current learning 
> object.

That sounds really nice!

> What all this means is that you can have two completely independent 
> sites and integrate them into a single site at build time (works 
> dynamically too). Current status is alpha. Everything works but it is 
> a little untidy and there are some nasty hacks that need sorting out. 
> There are also some tweaks in Forrest itself to make it work. In a 
> week or so we will be making a release of our project, then you can 
> take a look at it and decide what parts should be going into Forrest.

I will have a look! Do you see any chance that we can use that in 
forrest as well?  ...or are the tweaks major?

> Incidentally, it means you have a graphical tool for editing the site 
> structure as there is an Open Source tool for editing IMS Manifests.

:) graphical tools for editing are alwazs welcome :)

King regards

> Ross

Thorsten Scherler

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