semaley at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 11 10:35:36 EST 2006
--- webmaster at pfaf.org wrote:
> OK after some time editing wikipedia I'm a bit more
> familiar with strengths and weaknesses of the
> system. I'll explain a bit more about wikis and the
> MediaWiki implementation, which is rather nice.
> In conclusion
> The wiki model, in particular the MediaWiki
> implementation, covers many of the features we need.
> It allows for extensible pages so new sections could
> easily be added without being limited by the
> underlying data structure. It has a powerful,
> flexible and extensible linking system which nearly
> meets our needs. Its also an out of the box system
> so little work to get it running. Out of interest
> there is a permaculture wiki city
> http://permawiki.wikicities.com but its rather empty
> at the moment.
I have easily been tapping and gluing these PHP
products out there. I'm kicking myself that I don't
have more spare time to go crazy. The wiki makes a
great undisciplined collection point. After seeing
what it took for adding in the timeline feature to
MediaWiki, clearly there is a need to add an extension
for eden/pfaf. Perhaps a dialect could be developed
for it, like the timeline has:
DateFormat = mm/dd/yyyy
ImageSize = width:800 height:250
PlotArea = left:150 bottom:50 top:50 right:150
Period = from:12/21/2002 till:12/31/2005
TimeAxis = orientation:horizontal format:mm/dd/yyyy
ScaleMajor = gridcolor:black unit:month increment:3
bar:HVE text:"Hudson Valley Ecovillage"
bar:NWNJ text:"Ecovillage NW New Jersey"
bar:GPSC text:"Green Phoenix"
id:NYSCOM value:blue legend:NYSCom
id:HVE value:red legend:HVEcovillage
id:NWNJ value:yellow legend:EcovillageNWNJ
id:GPSC value:green legend:Green_Phoenix
bar:NYSCom from:12/21/2002 till:08/03/2004
bar:HVE from:03/08/2004 till:end
bar:NWNJ from:09/16/2005 till:end
bar:GPSC from:08/03/2004 till:end
This has the advantage that a back side interface can
control things like preventing fictitious botanical
names and minimizing spelling errors. This also
presents the opportunity to collect factual data
(measures) for analysis. A separate
[[Eden:Master|Sassafras]] could be used as a generic
reference throughout, or something like
[[Eden:Rich_Rootbeer_Event_2006|Sassafras]] to denote
a specific experience with measurable facts given on a
specified page like the markup above for the timeline.
Just some thoughts.
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