This small, somewhat contrived website demonstrates
the Website document type. Website provides a system
for building static Websites from XML content.
A text-only version is also available,
demonstrating how multiple presentations can be derived
from the same sources.
A website is a collection of pages organized, for
the purposes of navigation, into one or more
hierarchies. In Website, each page is a separate XML
document authored according to the Website DTD, a
customization of DocBook.
Website imposes the following additional
Each webpage must have an ID
and the IDs must be unique across the entire
No page can occur in more than one location
in the navigational hierarchy of the website.
Note, however, that you can have pages, such as
the about page, that
don't appear in the navigational hierarchy at
In order to build a website with Website, you must
I've completely redesigned the way the Website
doctype works for V2. In version 1, all of the pages
in a website were part of a single, monolithic XML
Making all of the pages part of a single document
had a number of drawbacks:
It wasn't convenient to update only part of
a website (only the pages that had been
changed, for example).
For very large websites, there were memory
issues associated with parsing and formatting
the whole thing.
There was no practical way to publish the
XML content of a site.
It was difficult to share pages across
different web sites.
It was very tedious to setup a system that
allowed the same content to be published with
different navigational hierarchies.
Website overcomes all of these difficulties.
In fairness, the old style had some
There was only a single source document to
Navigation was derived automatically from
the structure of the source document.
Link checking was cheap and easy.
- 20 Mar 2001
Reworked using the Website paradigm.