Elephant is an application framework based on components. Web Application Developers would not start from scratch, instead will implement standard interfaces. Some of the great advantages of using Elephant are the existing set of components and site administration. Elephant users can expand the site at will, by adding childs to existing pages and selecting whether these childs my or not show in navigators.

Navigators might be a good example of what a component is. DefaultNavigator is a class that queries the page constructor, IConstructor interface, in order to create lists of contexts based on a single level, a tree of contexts or a tree-traversing navigator. Due layout strategy, navigators can be configured at top level and operate at n-level. See more on navigators at Default Navigator

Offerings for developers

Take a look at the Elephant building structure. By creating a new component, you are reusing a lot of already working code. Your application will integrate smoothly into already existing web sites, using standard components as: Portal Mailing System, Automated Mailing Lists, Web Search System, Page Scripting, Macro Scripting, etc.

Offerings for web masters and/or final users

Web masters will enjoy using the existing set of components. It gives them full power on web site appearence while makes quite easy creating new pages and their content. Navigation issues are fully supported by Elephant configuration files, with attributes like: Show In Navigators, Tell Robots NOT_TO_INDEX / NOT_TO_FOLLOW, Supported Languages, Internationalized Names, etc.

Page's content is also greatly assisted. When no component is defined, Elephant's DefaultElement takes place. DefaultElement implements what is required to create page content. Repository for images and documents, easy syntax (no HTML, though is permited), version control, author tracking, multi-language support, etc.

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