|Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dirk Herr-Hoyman (hoymanddanenet.org)|
|Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 06:16:58 -0800 (PST)|
On Feb 13, 2007, at 4:00 PM, Tim Mensch wrote:
Lyle Scheer wrote:I'd like to suggest an alternative to a Wiki for this. I've used TWiki,-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: RIPEMD160 Not entirely true. We use http://www.twiki.org for our site, http://www.ashlandcoho.com. It implements access control so that youcan assign editing access to certain areas, as well as viewing access.and I've used other Wiki software, and while the idea is great, theirtime has passed--and regardless, it's always been hard to get non- geeksto use them. The strength of a Wiki is that anyone can edit it from within their browser. The weakness is that there are a zillion different flavors ofWiki, each with its own markup that you need to memorize (the markup is how you tell it to italicize a word, or to make a link to another page, or to make a list, or to embed a PDF...any formatting that can't be donein text) and switch between if you end up using more than one. Here's what I've been doing: I set up a free content management system called Drupal (drupal.org) that has a word-processing-like web plug-in as well as a Wiki-link plug-in. Now any authorized member can create pages on my site and edit them, within a browser, using a simplified word-processor that works in Internet Explorer or Firefox or Safari or whatever you want to use. No more memorizing how to make text bold, or looking at pages of symbols that once was a nice text file--and I can still create new pages Wiki-style.
While I will agree with you Tim on the issues of editing in a word- processor like style, I will have to disagree that Drupal is the right tool for that.
I am also looking at Drupal, Joomla, Dot NET Nuke and several others in my day job. These are called Content Management Systems and have more features than one would want, this is where you are trying to get a very polished web presence with a bit of community thrown in.What we need here is more like a reference book, an encyclopia if you will.
To be fair, TWiki now has "Wysiwyg" (word-processor-style) editingfeatures, and we're still using it at my current office (where I set it up originally), but I've always found the TWiki look, feel, and generalorganization to be a bit awkward.
Yes it's true one is a bit constrained by a wiki. Would not let that get in the way. Wikipedia is used by lots of folks every day and they are not confused by the lack of a WYSIWYG editor. The Mediawiki project IS looking into integrating WYSIWYG editors as a plugin. For example there is FCKedit, that's one I am fond of, in: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FCKeditor So there ya go, some assembly is required and you'll be all set!FCKedit is available as a plugin for the finer content management systems too, like Drupal and Joomla. There are no secrets in the world
of open source software! --Dirk
Tim -- Tim Mensch Currently in Pleasant Hill Cohousing (CA): phch.org Member of Tumblerock, a Boulder, CO area community in its forming stages. _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/
-- Dirk Herr-Hoyman Member of Arboretum Cohousing Madison, WI http://arboretumcohousing.org
- Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork, (continued)
- Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork Andrew Netherton, February 13 2007
Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork Stuart Joseph, February 13 2007
- Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork Lyle Scheer, February 13 2007
- Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork Tim Mensch, February 13 2007
- Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork Dirk Herr-Hoyman, February 14 2007
- Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork Stuart Joseph, February 14 2007
- Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork G. Campbell, February 13 2007
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