[pmwiki-users] Cookbook recipes and organization
john.rankin at affinity.co.nz
Fri Apr 15 20:14:10 CDT 2005
On Saturday, 16 April 2005 10:08 AM, Martin Fick <fick at fgm.com> wrote:
>> ... well, for me personally, it's a big sigh: I'll have to read that
>> other recipe as well. Then I have to (somehow) infer from the surface
>> descriptions which of the recipes is better suited. I'm forced to make a
>> decision that I'm not ready for yet - and, frankly, I don't want to
>> evaluate two recipes, I want a *solution*!
> I have to agree with most of this. I have been looking
>into forms and currently there are several solutions which
>all seem complicated, I have even tried some and still
>don't understand them well enough to figure out what I
>need. Maybe this simply points to the fact that this is
>a new area, but it is confusing.
Leaving aside the big question about how to organise the
cookbook and choose among similar recipes (and I agree --
I often can't find my own recipes when I want to upload
an update), perhaps those who have contributed forms
recipes can help clarify their similarities and differences.
In my case, (Cookbook.WikiForms), I wanted something
simple but fairly powerful -- like PITS but (cough)
better. The aim was simplicity over functionality:
- create a wiki page called SomeGroup.FormTemplate
(the name is configurable) that uses extended wiki
markups to define the layout of a form
- and that's it; SomeGroup now uses a form for data
entry and editing -- the pages display as standard
wiki pages, with no special markup
It uses standard wiki
to layout the resulting page -- :term: defines the
It's suited to cases where the administrator wants writers
to follow a defined layout for every page in a group, like
a projects register or an issues register or a movie
Because it uses :term:definition markup to structure the
resulting page, it's not suited to cases where you want
fine-grained control of page layout.
Hope this helps clarify; I am happy to answer questions,
although I'll be away from a computer for the weekend.
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