Daisy (software)

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Daisy CMS logo 2006.png
Developer(s) Outerthought
Stable release
2.4.2 / February 21, 2011 (2011-02-21)
Development status Dormant
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Content management system
License Apache License 2.0
Website http://www.daisycms.org

Daisy is a Java/XML open-source content management system based on the Apache Cocoon content management framework. Today, Daisy is in use at major corporations for intranet knowledge bases, product and/or project documentation, and management of content-rich websites.

Content management system[edit]

The content is stored in so-called Daisy documents. These documents are managed by the Daisy Repository Server. Documents consist of parts. Parts can be anything from required blocks of text to specified fields with restricted content. By creating specific document types, different types of information can be handled differently. Simple documents just hold text and hyperlinks. By including a query in a document it is easy to create documents that aggregate other documents.

Each document can have multiple variants. A variant can be a version or a translated document (language variant). Variants can be used to mark specific versions, e.g., all documents referring to version XYZ of the software described.

Editing of Daisy documents is supported with a WYSIWYG Wiki-like editing environment.

Site navigation trees can be made more dynamic using queries generating navigation hierarchies.

Daisy is hierarchy-free and has a clear separation between repository server and front-end application. This allows for easy extension of the functionality.

Other features are:


The packaged versions of Daisy 2.2 includes everything required to run Daisy, except for:

Daisy can work with other databases, such as PostgreSQL, but only MySQL is supported.

Daisy is thoroughly tested on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows NT/2000/XP, but should also run on other Unix operating systems such as Solaris.[1] Additionally, Daisy displays properly in most major browsers: Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox with fallback to a text area on other browsers.


Outerthought is an Open Source Java & XML company.[2] Outerthought supports Daisy and provides support to its community of users[3] and contributors.


The documentation for Daisy runs on Daisy itself, and can be viewed online as HTML or downloaded in PDF as a "Daisy book".[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Daisy 2.2 installation guide
  2. ^ "Outerthought". Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Getting involved". Archived from the original on February 16, 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  4. ^ Daisy 2.3 Documentation

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