PaperThin Announces Content Classification & Discovery Capabilities

Oct 21, 2005


PaperThin, Inc., a Web publishing and content management software provider, has announced advanced content classification and discovery capabilities in CommonSpot Content Server version 4.6. The product's taxonomy module now provides taxonomy management for Web content administrators and contributors. New features include a taxonomy term editor and a taxonomy API, along with a facet-based navigation element.

The taxonomy term editor lets organizations build and manage flexible taxonomies directly within CommonSpot. Each taxonomy defines one or more facets or hierarchical views into the data by defining 'broader than' and 'narrower than' relationships between terms. Terms can also be defined to have other relationships in accordance with the ANSI Z.39 standard, allowing for the definition of taxonomies that meet critical business requirements. Content can then be assigned to terms using the taxonomy classification custom metadata field. Taxonomies can be refined as an organization's classification needs evolve over time. The taxonomy API allows developers to programmatically access any of the terms and relationships within a taxonomy. This capability is designed to enable development of unlimited custom-interfaces to related content.

CommonSpot's new facet-based navigation element leverages content classification by allowing users to navigate through a defined taxonomy. Users can browse and discover information within topic areas based on one or more selected facets within a taxonomy. By narrowing terms under a facet, a filtered subset of narrower terms and possibly other related 'see-also' references are presented. Also included in version 4.6 is a container element, which provides Web designers and developers increased control and flexibility over the positioning and scheduling of content on a page. The element delivers support for table-less layout of content using Cascading Style Sheet Positioning (CSS-P).