A portal for ETH world – Portal für ETH World

This is my diploma thesis for the ETH Zurich computer science studies. The given task was to build a flexible publishing system that can be used as base for a portal system inside the long-term project ETH world. In my thesis, I evaluated several existing publishing systems with a focus on the seperation of programming logic, graphical design and personalized configuration.

The thesis describes and implements the following mechanism: nested Java servlets are generating XML output. This output is transformed using XSLT into clean HTML/CSS. Personalized graphical aspects are integrated into the layout flow using XSL parameters. In addition to existing systems, the personalization parameters can be used with hierarchical inheritance. Each department can give out default parameters defining a certain content and style.

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