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From David Crossley <>
Subject Re: describe Forrest in 50 words
Date Thu, 21 Apr 2005 00:53:56 GMT
Taking the comments into account, we now have this ...

Apache Forrest is a standards-based documentation framework
which uses Apache Cocoon. Forrest emphasises separation of
presentation and content, using a plugin architecture to
transform and aggregate various input sources into various
output formats. This creates a unified document collection
that can either be used as a dynamic application, or generated
at the command-line, or generated and deployed with an automated
publishing application.

The main things that are lost from previous versions are:

*) The phrase "xml standards". Not so bad because surely
people would expect everything to be based on xml.
However, it was good fodder for search engines.

*) The concept of a "unified document structure and design
at the output stage" which implied consistent and easy
generation/skinning of output formats.


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