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Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Whenever I want to smile, I head to The Netherlands to read Niek Hockx' Shutterclog. Niek has just taken his blog on hiatus, with the intent of revitalizing his site, but facing health problems in the process. To hell with the site Niek, I wish you well with your physical realm - come back when you feel better - which had better be soon, y'hear?
I am once again gainfully employed in web development. I've been out of the biz since 2001, so my skilz are woeful. I'm building a promotional and activity site for a small educational institute. Nothing big, a few dozen pages to start.
But I expect it'll grow. The director wants to be able to edit and add pages, and some instructors will surely want their own pages. I'm gonna use Radio to build it. The thousand bucks for a full copy of Frontier is just too much for my client, and I don't think it's right to use the free Frontier (plus it's too much work), so Radio is positioned right. Not to mention that, to this hammer, every issue looks like a nail.
I'll modifying the UI so it won't look like a blog at all: no dates, no links, no entries, save for one. Then it will look like an editable web site, with each section represented as a category, The home page template will define the look of the site, and the content of that page will be the top entry. Subsequent entries will be sub-pages, each in their own category. By editing each entry, that page can be updated.
Using a modified desktop template, they won't be able to create new entries, only edit the existing ones. It's on Windows XP, so the WYSIWYG editor should be fine (if Radio ever goes open source, I'd love to do an OSX interface for that.)
They will be able to add Stories (but what should I call 'em?) and use Shortcuts, but there will be no Folders, Events, Themes, Tools or Prefs, and I'll put in my own Help in the editors menu. I'd like to include News, along with an appropriate subscription list, but I'd need to suppress posting (anybody know how?) offering up easy linking instead.
A couple more question, and I might have to get ahold of Userland support for the first one: What is the fate of the 40 megs on Userland's server? My client won't be using it, they'll ftp to their own server instead. I'd like to have access to that online real estate.
Finally, what role is there for their rss feed? I can't figure out who would take it, unless there would be some way of delivering what they call 'distance learning' via rss ...
PS: This is my new part time job. I'm still Mr. Science: