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Wired: Disney 'Goes' to Open Source

Jul 26, 2000, 22:46 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

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"Entertainment-portal Go.com is the latest commercial venture to join the open source movement with a code the company says fills a programming hole left by Microsoft and Sun. Go.com, a Walt Disney company, recently released its Tea template language along with tools used for website creation. Tea is a Java-based language that separates the data layer from the presentation layer of Web content."

"Go.com created Tea because the numerous news sites in the Disney family -– Infoseek, ABCNews.com, ESPN.com, and Go.com –- often use the same news stories, but each has its own presentation style, so the layout has to be kept separate from the actual content. The alternative technologies, Java Server Pages (JSP) for Java or Microsoft's Active Server Pages, recommend separation of the data and presentation, but according to Go.com, they don't really enforce it."

"Tea and its components are released under the same license used by the Apache Group for its Apache Web server, which allows the user to do anything with the code. It's much less restricted than the GNU General Public License (GPL), the most commonly used open source license."

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