Silva 1.0 final released
faassen at infrae.com
Tue Jul 20 19:31:06 CEST 2004
Silva 1.0: The Structured Content Management System
July 20, 2004 - after two and a half years of development, the Silva
team is happy to announce the release of Silva 1.0. Silva is an open
source content management system with a focus on structured content
and its reuse. It is based on the open source web application platform
Zope, and the programming language Python.
New in Silva 1.0 are:
* Deeply integrated support for Kupu, the WYSIWYG through the web
editor with support for both Mozilla and Internet Explorer.
* Silva 1.0 ships with full documentation that is a Silva publication
itself. When you install a new Silva root you get the option to
install the documentation as well.
* Other new features include image thumbnail support and image
"At ETH we operate a mass virtual hosting Silva instance hosting a few
hundred sites," says Reinhard Hess, of the `central IT services`_ at
the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (`ETH
Zurich`_). "In addition to that there are a number of sites being run
by independent departemental IT units across the university." ETH
Zurich has been deploying Silva since 2002 - and they are also
developing on the platform. "Silva is well capable to compete
successfully with other web CMS products in the enterprise range -
either open source or closed source. Silva was a good choice for
us. Silva gives us the best cost/performance ratio even in the long
term and maximum operational flexibility."
The `University of Luton`_ in the UK is going online with a new
Silva-backed version of their site later this week. "Silva is a very
flexible tool for generating and maintaining web content," says Steve
Kendall, who is managing the project. "Previously all web content had
to be looked after by a small team of central staff with specialised
skills, but now we have the mechanisms in place to return full
ownership of the content to the faculties and departments."
.. _`ETH Zurich`: http://www.ethz.ch/
.. _`central IT services`: http://www.id.ethz.ch/
.. _`University of Luton`: http://www.luton.ac.uk/
You can download Silva 1.0 final here:
The -all.tgz ships with everything needed, including Kupu.
A list of changes can be found here:
Features of Silva include:
* Through-the-web user interface with easy access to all features,
including access keys.
* Extensive documentation aimed to authors and editors, as well as for
site managers, designers and system administrators.
* Through-the-web structured authoring of documents using a WYSIWIG
editor (kupu) or a forms-based editor. Content can be published to
the web and exported as XML. Content can be reused in multiple areas
of a publication using ghost objects.
* Workflow and versioning support allows an author to work on a new
version of a document while another version is already published
* Separation of responsibilities between author, editor, and chief
editor roles. Optional full integration with very large user sources
using LDAP. Extensive group management abilities (with or without
* Resizing support for images, and extensive support to position
images in document text. Images and files can be imported singly or
* Flexible customizable presentation using Zope Page
Templates. Different sub sites can have different publications and
designs. Virtual hosting support for sub sites.
Silva extensions include:
* SilvaNews - create and manage news and agenda items in Silva. RSS
syndication and aggregation support.
* DocMa - external server which integrates seamlessly into Silva and
allows Silva publications to be exported to MS Word documents, and
MS Word documents to be imported into Silva.
* SilvaExternalSources - include data from external sources into
documents, including CSV files, results from relational database
queries or any Python script.
More information about Silva can also be found here:
More information about Infrae, the company that created Silva:
Martijn Faassen, Infrae, faassen at infrae.com
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