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California Digital Library Announces Self-Guided Tutorial for the eXtensible Text Framework (XTF)


March 3, 2009

Oakland, CA


For more information, contact:

Lisa Schiff

California Digital Library

University of California

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(510) 987-0881 


The California Digital Library (CDL) is pleased to announce the availability of an extensive self-guided tutorial for its eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) application (http://xtf.wiki.sourceforge.net/). XTF is an open source, highly customizable piece of software supporting the search, browse, and display of heterogeneous digital content and offering efficient and practical methods for creating customized end-user interfaces for distinct digital collections. The tutorial provides guidance for implementing and customizing XTF, from core functionality to overall look and feel.  Downloads for the Mac and Windows operating systems  (http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=119724) are available from the XTF Project page on SourceForge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/xtf/), along with the complete distribution and documentation.

The tutorial comes with a complete XTF package that is ready to run when uncompressed; no other installation is required. It contains nine modules spanning the most powerful and popular features, including how to:

XTF Background and Overview

Since first developing and deploying this indexing and display technology in 2005, the CDL has worked to build and maintain XTF as a highly customizable application built upon tested components already in use by the digital library and search communities - in particular the Lucene text search engine, Java, XML, and XSLT.  By coordinating these pieces in a single platform that can be used to create multiple unique applications, the CDL has succeeded in dramatically reducing the investment in infrastructure, staff training, and development for new digital content projects.

XTF offers the following core features out of the box:

A sampling of XTF-based applications include:

Lisa Schiff, Ph.D.
Technical Lead
eScholarship Publishing Group
California Digital Library
300 Lakeside Drive #744
Kaiser Center
Oakland, CA 94612
510-987-0881 (t)
510-987-0243 (f)
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