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There was a post about a new url traversal implemented in turbogears on top of cherrypy (with ideas being borrowed from Nevow):

Here's how to do it in CherryPy 3 (and without requiring mixin classes!):

class NevowStyleDispatcher(cherrypy.dispatch.Dispatcher):
    """Dispatcher which walks a tree of objects to find a handler.
    The tree is rooted at, and each hierarchical
    component in the path_info argument is matched to a corresponding nested
    attribute of the root object. Matching handlers must have an 'exposed'
    attribute which evaluates to True. The special method name "index"
    matches a URI which ends in a slash ("/"). The special method name
    "default" may match a portion of the path_info (but only when no longer
    substring of the path_info matches some other object).
    In addition, this class extends the builtin CherryPy Dispatcher by
    allowing any node in the tree to define a "locateChild" method.
    This will be passed a "segments" tuple of the remaining path
    components (starting with the name of the desired child),
    and should return (child node, remaining segments tuple).
    If a locateChild method does not exist or returns None,
    then the normal CP lookup will occur.
    def find_handler(self, path):
        """Return the appropriate page handler, plus any virtual path.
        This will return two objects. The first will be a callable,
        which can be used to generate page output. Any parameters from
        the query string or request body will be sent to that callable
        as keyword arguments.
        The callable is found by traversing the application's tree,
        starting from, and matching path
        components to successive objects in the tree. For example, the
        URL "/path/to/handler" might return
        The second object returned will be a list of names which are
        'virtual path' components: parts of the URL which are dynamic,
        and were not used when looking up the handler.
        These virtual path components are passed to the handler as
        positional arguments.
        request = cherrypy.request
        app =
        root = app.root
        # Get config for the root object/path.
        curpath = ""
        nodeconf = {}
        if hasattr(root, "_cp_config"):
        if "/" in app.config:
        object_trail = [['root', root, nodeconf, curpath]]
        node = root
        names = [x for x in path.strip('/').split('/') if x] + ['index']
        traversal_names = names[:]
        while True:
            name = traversal_names.pop(0)
            # map to legal Python identifiers (replace '.' with '_')
            objname = name.replace('.', '_')
            nodeconf = {}
            nextnode = None
            # Here's where we differ from the superclass. We allow
            # each node to define a "locateChild" method, which can
            # return any object as the next child in the chain.
            if hasattr(node, "locateChild"):
                segments = curpath.split("/")
                nextnode, traversal_names = node.locateChild(segments)
            # If locateChild did not exist or did not locate a child,
            # default back to the normal CP attribute lookup.
            if nextnode is None:
                nextnode = getattr(node, objname, None)
            node = nextnode
            if node is not None:
                # Get _cp_config attached to this node.
                if hasattr(node, "_cp_config"):
            # Mix in values from app.config for this path.
            curpath = "/".join((curpath, name))
            if curpath in app.config:
            object_trail.append([name, node, nodeconf, curpath])
            if not traversal_names:
        def set_conf():
            """Collapse all object_trail config into cherrypy.request.config."""
            base = cherrypy.config.copy()
            # Note that we merge the config from each node
            # even if that node was None.
            for name, obj, conf, curpath in object_trail:
                if 'tools.staticdir.dir' in conf:
                    base['tools.staticdir.section'] = curpath
            return base
        # Try successive objects (reverse order)
        num_candidates = len(object_trail) - 1
        for i in xrange(num_candidates, -1, -1):
            name, candidate, nodeconf, curpath = object_trail[i]
            if candidate is None:
            # Try a "default" method on the current leaf.
            if hasattr(candidate, "default"):
                defhandler = candidate.default
                if getattr(defhandler, 'exposed', False):
                    # Insert any extra _cp_config from the default handler.
                    conf = getattr(defhandler, "_cp_config", {})
                    object_trail.insert(i+1, ["default", defhandler, conf, curpath])
                    request.config = set_conf()
                    # See
                    request.is_index = path.endswith("/")
                    return defhandler, names[i:-1]
            # Uncomment the next line to restrict positional params to "default".
            # if i < num_candidates - 2: continue
            # Try the current leaf.
            if getattr(candidate, 'exposed', False):
                request.config = set_conf()
                if i == num_candidates:
                    # We found the extra ".index". Mark request so tools
                    # can redirect if path_info has no trailing slash.
                    request.is_index = True
                    # We're not at an 'index' handler. Mark request so tools
                    # can redirect if path_info has NO trailing slash.
                    # Note that this also includes handlers which take
                    # positional parameters (virtual paths).
                    request.is_index = False
                return candidate, names[i:-1]
        # We didn't find anything
        request.config = set_conf()
        return None, []

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