Is there an application that publishes content-repository content, so that I can see this in action? I'll install the CMS if that's the only way to do it.
Also -- I understand the idea of merging content with templates, but why is that necessary? The ACS-templating docs tell me that templating doesn't require the database at all. So you can publish the content directly and still get templating, without the database hit. It seems to me much preferable to get the content directly, perhaps with its metadata in an accompanying XML file.