27 march 2007 – Infrae has released version 1.6 of the Silva content
management system. This release brings a range of improvements and
several key new features, such as automatic PDF and Word file fulltext
indexing, Atom/RSS feeds from containers, ‘classic’ list-based menu
rendering, and additions to the documentation. Performance has been
significantly improved by changing how containers are published and
optimizing calls to the metadata service.
The Silva Find extension has been renovated to take advantage of the PDF
and Word file fulltext cataloging. It now supports search by all
metadata fields, including those in your custom sets. The search and
result views can be extensively customized. Silva Find is included in
the silva-extra tarball.
Major changes in Silva 1.6
* The published state of containers is now determined by the state of
the index document, as opposed to nested content, resulting in a
significant performance gain.
* Index items are now distinguished from simple anchors, and the Indexer
content type has been improved. Old index items will be gracefully upgraded.
* The page language can now be based on the metadata setting. This also
opens up many possibilities for multi-language sites.
* Silva now uses ZCML for registration of Silva extensions and the
content types they define. See doc/developer_changes.txt. Developers
should read doc/extension.txt.
* Many i18n changes:
o New languages
o i18n fixes
* Lots of bugfixes and subtle improvements.
* This is one of the best tested final releases in Silva’s history.
Many thanks to all who contributed.
See HISTORY.txt in the Silva core package for more information about
changes in Silva 1.6. For developer-level changes, see
doc/developer_changes. Also see the changes in components such as Silva
Metadata, External Sources, etc.
What is Silva?
Silva is an enterprise-class CMS designed for large organizations that
manage multiple or complex websites. Content is stored in clean and
future-proof XML, independent of layout and presentation. Features
include a multi-version workflow system, XSLT rendering support, content
reuse in multiple publications, sophisticated access management,
extensive import/export facilities, fine-grained templating, and hi-res
image storage and manipulation. Silva and its extensions are open source
For more complete information, see the Silva Product Pages at
The package can be downloaded from http://www.infrae.com/download/Silva.
Links to developer mailing lists, the issue tracker, and info about SVN
access can be found on the Silva product page.
FMI contact Eric Casteleijn, eric at infrae com, +31 10 243 7051.
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