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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: [RT] plugin infrastructure
Date Sun, 14 Nov 2004 17:49:02 GMT

Thorsten Scherler wrote:
> El dom, 14-11-2004 a las 15:01, Ross Gardler escribió:
>>Nicola Ken Barozzi wrote:
>>>Thorsten Scherler wrote:
>>>>The other thing is that every plugin has to deliver a default output for
>>>>the skin. This is a fallback mechanism if the user do not want to
>>>>implemend his own implementation of the functionality.
>>>Are we not mixing content (plugins) with style (skins) ?
>>Yes, we are. We need to keep the idea of content plugins separate from 
>>skin-plugins. I see these "nuggets" being provided by skin-plugins, not 
>>by content plugins. Of course, a skin plugin may use a content-plugin to 
>>render a nugget appropriately. That is, a skin-plugin that provides a 
>>news nugget may use the feeder (content) plugin to generate the xdoc 
>>from the RSS feed.
> Yes that is what I actually was trying to say. Some plugins will deliver
> content that is only needed if the plugin is installed. 

OK, now I get it. Lets call them content-plugins (works with the content 
in a Forrest site) and skin-plugins (provides widgets to the skins for 
navigational purposes, i.e. PDF Button).

So does this mean that all output content-plugins should be required to 
provide a skin-plugin that allows a button (or other suitable UI widget) 
to be included in the skinned site?

If so how does it do that?

 > Like the feeder.
 > The feeder may provide a new "button" rss-feed (similar to the pdf
 > button).

[OT] Actually feeder is a content-plugin, it reads RSS files and 
converts them to XDoc, it does not generate them.


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