Stefan Matthias Aust wrote:
It is indeed much like the Wiki Wiki Web or the SWiki, but I felt something more structured would be better.
I've the same feeling but then a friend of mine told me (and somewhat convinced me) that hypertext is actually made for non-structured data and that at least some spaces in your web should feature this kind of unstructured (chaotic) data as this can feature creativity.
True - that is what hypertext is for. But for linking bug reports to code that fixes them a free form system would make the user have to take care of too many details manually.
Another example: a list of members. You can give people a blank page and they can type whatever they like about themselves. Or you can give them a form with spaces for their name, email, home page, hobbies, and so on. You will have to think a lot less to give out the basic data in this second system, and you can still have a field at the bottom where people can type whatever they like.
[selling CD-ROMs with web site. Would people mind?]
by adding content to the web, people already agreed upon distribution I think. You should warn them that they give away there exclusive copyright to the one who produces the CD. However, they also keep the copyright for all other matters. Therefore, I think that's not needed.
Well, if I sell CD-ROMs with the stuff on the site, anyone else should be free to do so as well. So it wouldn't be a good idea to transfer the copyrights to me. I know that anything on a web site is public already, but I like to avoid hurt feelings are much as I try to avoid lawsuits. For example, the Self 4 license allows me to do anything I want, but I prefer to ask permission from the orginal Self group and respect their wishes, even though legally I don't have to.
- the site will be multilingual: every page will include links
Cool idea, but i fear that this will reduce the usage of the overall site if people start to write things in there own language only. You should force them to submit at least an english (=international) version. And what's about but reports and other notes - will you provide them also as multilangual?
This is a big problem, and I don't have a solution yet. It wouldn't do much good for someone to submit a bug report in French is none of the developer involved know how to read it. My idea is that the multilingual thing would be mostly for the informative pages at first.
Depending on how successful my Merlin 6 "Self computer" turns out to be in Brazil, however, we could soon have a large number of Self users who don't speak English. I hope I figure this out before then.
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You could also use little flags - in bright colors for up-to-date info and in dim colors for older information. Up to date flags might even be animated as if they're moved by the wind.
Great idea! Apple had a prototype GUI in which older files were increasingly yellow, and it seemed like a very compact way of encoding "freshness" information. Thanks for the tip.