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From David Blevins <>
Subject Re: Website possibilities
Date Thu, 26 May 2005 07:54:48 GMT
I somehow missed your reply--anyone know how to get mutt to stop marking things as "Old"?

Anyway, answers below....

On Sun, May 22, 2005 at 12:04:55PM +1000, Gianny Damour wrote:
> I love it!
> And I especially love the "Activity" section; this is one of the thing 
> that will help to provide a high-level overview of the activities.

I like that it shows a heartbeat.  It's also kind of cool that it shows who opened the item
and who closed it.  Seems like getting your name on the front page for a bit is good motivation
to get involved.  Ditto for the "Recently Updated" section.  

> I do have a couple of questions about the features of Confluence or 
> Confluenza:

We don't really need Confluenza.  Sans the caching, it just grabs html from Confluence and
munges it to fix links and junk like that.

> * Can we export the overall website to an html tarball or even better a PDF?

Confluence does PDF.  So we could squirt one of those into every release, for example.  Not
sure about HTML, but I'm guessing, yes.

> * Can we add support for search capabilities?

Sure, Confluence has that already.  We'd just need a text box in the template.

> * When the documentation will start to grow, do you think that we will 
> be able to "easily" refactor the content? For instance, with Microsoft 
> Word (sorry for this poor example), there is an outline mode to 
> (re-)structure a doc.

You can move and rename stuff very easily.  Not sure how involved it would be to change the
same fiddly-bit on every page, for example.  I guess if you had something major to do, you
could export, change, and import.

> * Can we have an automatic hierarchical overview of the website content? 
> I mean, is the left navigation bar automatically generated from the 
> content of the website or do we need to maintain it? Here, I am looking 
> for something a la document map of Microsoft Word (sorry...)

We would maintain that.  Confluence does show a hierarchical view of the content in the wiki,
but I'd think we'd want something sorted to our preference as a navigation bar.

> I had a look to the Confluence Web site and it seems that Confluence 
> addresses all of these questions. However, I do not know the level of  
> simplification that the platform delivers.

I assume that was the long way of saying, "is it easy?" :-)  Yea, I've found it pretty easy
so far.  I've worked with our existing wiki and never found it intuative.

> If the new tool box allows for an easier maintenance of the website, 
> then we should use it. Based on the fact that you are recommending a 
> migration, then it sounds reasonable to make this move.

We aren't there yet, but I don't see any obstacles.  Been chatting with some of the infrastructure
guys (who are very nice) and they think it's pretty cool.

It's amazing how far you get with a simple "hello."

> Thanks David for making an old discussion a reality.

Well, people want a website that isn't dead, they want an M4, and they want us certified.
 Just trying to put some effort into the areas we've ignored.


> Gianny
> On 21/05/2005 11:10 AM, David Blevins wrote:
> >What do people think of having a website like this one?
> >
> >
> >
> >Obviously, with a different look, but something with the same dynamic 
> >content.
> >
> >The main content comes from Confluence.
> >The "Activity" section is dynamically created from Jira items.
> >The "News" section is from Confluence blog posts.
> >The "Recently Updated" section is a confluence macro.
> >The whole thing is put together with a modified version of Confluenza.
> >With mod_rewrite rules, it's still possible to have static conent.
> >
> >Seems to me like a good way to always have our activity show up on the 
> >website, but wihtout having to do anything more than we are already doing.
> >
> >Any thoughts?
> >
> >-David
> >
> > 
> >

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