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
must have an ID and the IDs must be unique
across the entire website.
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 all.
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
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
Website overcomes all of these difficulties.
In fairness, the old style had some
There was only a
single source document to maintain.
Navigation was derived
automatically from the structure of the source
Link checking was
cheap and easy.
Reworked using the Website paradigm.