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From "linda skrocki (JIRA)" <>
Subject [Roller-JIRA] Updated: (ROL-1366) Ease of weblog customization: custom bio blurp & thumbnail entry
Date Mon, 30 Apr 2007 16:47:55 GMT


linda skrocki updated ROL-1366:

    Assignee: Allen Gilliland  (was: Roller Unassigned)

> Ease of weblog customization: custom bio blurp & thumbnail entry 
> -----------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: ROL-1366
>                 URL:
>             Project: Roller
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: linda skrocki
>            Assignee: Allen Gilliland
>             Fix For: 4.0
> Details from Allen's emailed proposal to the Roller community:
> 2 of the things that pretty much all weblog owners tend to put in their templates are
1) a picture, typically of themselves and 2) a short bio paragraph.  Right now, Roller doesn't
provide any easy way for these items to be controlled via the editing UI and so for people
to add them to their blogs they must hack at templates.
> I am currently working with some folks at Sun who are designing some new blog themes
and these 2 items have come up in every one of the designs so I'd like to propose that they
be added as built-in attributes of a weblog.  This way theme writers and template hackers
can have a simple and consistent way of getting these pieces of information for a weblog and
allowing users to control them without having to edit templates.
> The technical side of this would be very simple, just adding 2 new columns to the website
table ...
> image varchar(255) null
> bio text null (or can varchar work?)
> then of course adding them to the pojos and a couple of simple UI controls on the Weblog
Settings page to edit them.  The UI controls would be simple right now, just a textfield for
the image and a textarea for the bio.  In the future we can improve the image field to use
some kind of image selector from the users uploads, etc. 

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