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From "Steve Freeman" <sfree...@us.ibm.com>
Subject Re: PSML_02 branch status & new customizer
Date Fri, 09 Mar 2001 18:06:20 GMT
Oooooo... I like it.

Additionally, this would allow the portlets to self-register themselves
with the portal.  This functionality would take some of the load off the
installation of a new portlet, no?

The only question I have is whether or not RDF is the right way to do this
or if some other mechanism would be more appropriate.


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To:   jetspeed-dev@jakarta.apache.org
Subject:  Re: PSML_02 branch status & new customizer

Steve Freeman wrote:

> You're confusing portlet content with the content consisting solely of a
> selection of portlets.
> Portlets and their associated data sources manage the content *of* the
> portlets.  I was not speaking of this part of the picture.
> The configurator manages the portlet content of (read: the portlets that
> are selected for) the page that is viewed.  This is the aspect to which I
> referred.

You give me an idea: We could use the RDF framework to have each portlet
meta information about itself.

For custom portlets it could be either a parameter or an attached file, or
generated by the portlet.
For generic portlets (like RSS portlets) it could be generated or taken
directly from the source channel.

Something like

InputSource portlet.getMetaInfoSource() ---> already parsed or generated
String portlet.getMetaInfo() ---> formatted as a RDF XML file.

They would return something like the following:
    xmlns:rdf = "http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#"
    xmlns:ocs = "http://alchemy.openjava.org/ocs/directory#"
    xmlns:dc  = "http://purl.org/metadata/dublin_core#">

        <dc:title>Moreover OCS Directory</dc:title>

Does it make sense for you?

So, essentially, the customizer would be an extra feed :-)

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