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From Nicola Ken Barozzi <>
Subject [Proposal] Linkmap as Forrest site generation entry point
Date Tue, 07 Sep 2004 11:48:39 GMT

I propose that instead of crawling from index.html we do so from the 
linkmap.html page, that is generated from site.xml.

All this started with plain-dev: it's a skin that outputs each page in 
pure html, without any navigation, menu, header, footer... just the 
page. In this way the result can be used as a new version of the site 
sources, but all in html (which now Forrest can render).

After the first cut I ran the generation and... it outputted only 
index.html. Of course, it does not have navigation!

So I created a linkmap.html match that creates a linkmap TOC page (which 
IIRC was also a feature request) and made the crawling start from there. 
Now it works.

Why use it always?
First of all it's not necessarily true that our users want index.html as 
the main page (if they do a non-html site), and it creates a clearer 
contract WRT what gets generated first by Forrest (all the site.xml links).

This *will* be backwards incompatible, as it will not generate the 
index.html page if it's not inserted in the navigation or if it's not 

Think about it, then tell me WYT.

Nicola Ken Barozzi         
             - verba volant, scripta manent -
    (discussions get forgotten, just code remains)

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