XML: A New Web Site Architecture


A Better Way?

Defining the Problem

Partial Solutions

Addressing the Root Problems

Workflow Impact

Working with XML

Converting Our Site

The Advantage of an XML Document

Transforming Content with XSL

Maintaining Style Consistency

Dynamic Interactive Sites

Lessons Learned


XML: A New Web Site Architecture
Sat, 01 Sep 2002
Jim Costello, Derek Werthmuller, and Darshana Apte
As Web sites have grown in size, complexity, and prominence over the past five years, Web site management has become a growing concern for Webmasters, system administrators, and organizations as a whole. According to this paper, new technology is helping to resolve the challenges of growing Web sites. While HTML Web pages require maintenance on a page by page basis, eXtensible Markup Language (XML) can streamline maintenance by enabling a single change in a root document to change each format of that document throughout the site.
This paper is based on CTG's presentation series entitled XML: From Static to Dynamic Web, which laid out the challenges of cutting-edge Web site management - involving content, layout, and style - and the effective solutions offered by XML (eXtensible Markup Language). This paper discuss challenges, examples of code, Web redesign analyses, and practical advice for using XML for site management.