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Infrae pre-announces Silva 1.2

Publication date: 10.January.2005, 10:03

12 january 2005 – Infrae is pleased to announce that the Silva 1.2 beta will be released on january 21st. This release contains three major new features: expanded version management for XML documents, subscription functionality for all versioned content, and an internationalized Silva user interface, including Dutch and German translations. Infrae is actively seeking volunteers to translate Silva into other languages.

New features

Version management

Silva 1.2 exposes additional version management capability to the user interface. It leverages Silva’s powerful multi-version system, where content can be online while a new version is simultaneously prepared. The version management feature allows:

  • reviewing older versions of content objects
  • comparing different versions side-by-side
  • reverting to older versions of content
  • removal of selected old versions


Silva 1.2 adds the subscriptions feature, which allows end-users to subscribe to public web pages. As soon as a new version of a page gets (re)published, the subscribed user receives an email notification. It’s even possible to subscribe to changes on a content hierarchy – but only if this has been allowed using the subscription management UI, which allows for fine-grained ‘subscribability’ for content. On the more technical side it is noteworthy that the subscription feature has been designed to be scalable over many subscribers.


Silva 1.2 has now been fully internationalized. This means that the Silva user interface can now be presented a wide range of languages. Besides the original UI in English, Silva 1.2 will also ship with a German and a Dutch translation. We’re eager to have contributors help with the translation effort!

If you’re interested in providing translations to other languages, or if you wish to test an existing translation, please contact the Silva developers at:
and we will help you get started.

Release timing

The Silva 1.2 beta will be released on the 21st of january. The final will be released one month later (beta testers please report test results by the middle of february, via the Silva Issue Tracker at; assign a topic of Silva-1.2 to any reports).


The upgrade from Silva 1.1 to 1.2 is minor, requiring one click on an upgrade button. The upgrade doesn’t affect any data, so a content freeze is not necessary, and the upgrade can normally be completed within a single maintenance window. For more information see the UPGRADE.txt that will ship with the release.

What is Silva?

Silva is an enterprise-class CMS for managing content for the web, print, and other media. Content is stored in clean and future-proof XML, independent of layout and presentation. Features include a multi-version workflow system, XSLT rendering support, integral WYSIWYG editor (Kupu), content reuse in multiple publications, sophisticated access management, extensive import/export facilities, fine-grained templating, and hi-res image storage and manipulation. Silva is entirely open source.

More information

Press Contact

Martijn Faassen, faassen at infrae com