I've been messing around with Zope lately and think it's very promising.
There's a lot of XML functionality in the works for Zope, and a couple
of Zope "products" already exist for the DocBook and TEI DTDs, though
they're in very early stages and are painfully slow. A Zope EAD product,
if built and packaged well (and released as open source), could help
solve the problem of finding inexpensive ways to provide browsing and
searching capability for EAD documents via the web.
If anyone else is working on or planning to work with Zope and EAD,
please get in touch. I'm considering proposing the creation of a
prototype Zope EAD product as a class project for a computer science or
LIS class, or of trying to find some other way to make some quick
progress on this. It would be helpful to get your thoughts on planning
for such a thing and your contributions to the development.
Paolo Mangiafico [log in to unmask]
Director, The Digital Scriptorium http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Telephone: 919-660-5941
Special Collections Library Fax: 919-660-5934
Duke University Durham, NC 27708-0185 USA
Stephen Yearl wrote (on Mon, 11 Sep 2000 at 08:59):
> Windows and *nix users interested in web application servers such as
> Userland mentioned by Kevin, might be interested in the OpenSource
> "Zope" <http://www.zope.org>, a seemingly robust and well supported
> object publishing environment implemented in C and Python. Of some
> interest to EADers is the proposed XML ToObjects, which, as the name
> suggests, would transform valid XML into Zope's native objects for
> delivery, searching, and other manipulation.
> caveat: the learning curve for building a site using Zope is, I
> understand, a little steep.
> My apologies if this is off topic.
> Stephen Yearl
> Systems Archivist
> Yale University Library: Manuscripts and Archives