Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> You may want to consider whether something no more complicated than
> the setup used at present for the TEI web site works. This is a change
> management system (currently Perforce, coulld be CVS or SVN)
> in which empowered folks (currently about 6) can store XML files.
> Obviously that provides versioning, conflict management, tracking etc.
> A web server delivers the documents up using Cocoon.
> Can you articulate a list of functional requirements which go _beyond_
> this? Is web-based editing necessary? what workflow needs to
> be implemented?
I think web-based editing will be a central component of this, and as
Michael Beddow pointed out to me in a message on the topic a few
months back, a move to a CMS will probably end up requiring a redesign
of my basic delivery system from the bottom up--and I can see now that
this may well prove to be necessary.
Usage of the DDB/CJKV-E dictionaries has increased drastically during
the past year or so, and thus there are a lot of experts in my field
who are using it in their classes and for their own research. A lot of
these people, specialists in their own sub-areas, would now like to
both contribute new data, as well as go in and edit previously-created
In terms of a very general schematization of the work flow as I
conceive it at the moment, I would guess that it would have to go
something like this:
(1) Very few of these people would probably know anything about XML,
or have an interest in learning it, so relatively user-friendly
interface would probably have to be set up in a way that only minimal
markup would be done--perhaps through based on a web form, or some
other CMS-run HTML editing environment. Requirements for editorial
privileges would be based primarily on field expertise and proven
writing abilities, rather then technical abilities.
(2) Created/re-edited entries would then (in most cases) have to be
passed along to a technical editor who would ensure the correctness of
the markup, and add further markup as necessary.
(3) Valid entries would be entered into the server-based data files,
making the edited entries available for web access.
I should add here that I have received a number of very helpful
private messages on the topic. Most of these private responses that I
have gotten thus far have included a suggestion of a CMS
application/service provider, so I will begin to investigate this
route as well.
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