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Re: Single vs. multiple sites for accessibility

From: Pat Byrne <pat@glasgowwestend.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2001 23:43:56 +0100
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on 5/7/01 10:20 pm, David Woolley at david@djwhome.demon.co.uk wrote:

>> If that's not an option for you (and, by the way, it SHOULD be; the
>> idea of a huge site full of static pages is a VERY dated concept and
> 
> It's interesting how software goes in circles.  HTML was designed to
> replace gopher, because gopher looked too much like it had been generated
> from a database, but HTML allowed one to mix in links in the correct
> context in the text.  Once you start mechanically generating HTML from
> structured data, you are repeating the circle, rather than making real
> progress.

David,

It is possible to have the best of both worlds. Store the all the bits of
your site in a content management systems, all in standard HTML (because
your content management system can link up with other HTML generation
programs or text editors), publish pages to a static server or generate them
dynamically.

That is how I do it. I use Frontier (http://frontier.userland.com) for site
that are complex and need a lot of scripting and Manila
(manila.userland.com) which has a Web interface for simpler sites. Site
management is the only way to go if you want to stay sane and get the job
done.

> 
> My own perception of the way the W3C tries to go is that they would
> want the master document to be a public XML document, not one hidden in
> the server, and to use style sheets to customise it to different formats,
> client side.
>

One XML document is just like one record in a database. If you want to have
a manageable XML storage/publishing system I think you will still need a
database of some sort.

Pat 

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Jim and Pat Byrne
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