[pmwiki-users] off-topic: Behaviour of non-existiant home page (was: Nested groups)
nospam at eton.ca
Fri Jun 3 08:44:26 CDT 2005
At 2005-06-03 07:50 AM -0500, Patrick R. Michaud is rumored to have said:
>As Hans has mentioned, there are a number of sites (including several
>that I run) where the easiest way to create new pages is to simply
>type the desired page name into the browser's address bar. Adding a
>PageNotFound indirection is likely to make people more confused.
At the risk of sounding like I don't agree with my own postings, I have had
the following thoughts ...
Putting a link to a non-existent page on a current page creates an
automatic link to edit the page. This makes sense to me and seems to make
sense to Hans too. No change suggested.
Entering a URL for a non-existent page to create the page also seems like
the "right" thing to do and should not be changed.
Since there are very limited circumstances under which PagNotFound is
displayed, perhaps the problem really is the language on the page (which is
what Christian suggested). It might less confusing if it said:
We are not sure what you want to do with "Test1". Do you want to:
* Create Main.Test1?
* Create Test1.HomePage?
* Create Test1.Test1?
Or, perhaps the page you want is listed below:
I have reordered the creation selection to what I think is the most likely
1) Creating a new page in the Main group
2) Creating a new group
3) Creating a new page that is bound to confuse everybody since it is also
the name of a new group
If possible, the "Or, perhaps..." text and list should NOT be displayed if
the list is empty - which seems to be the usual case.
Since a new author may not be familiar with Group.Page structure, an even
more explicit version could say:
Do you want to:
* Create Main.Test1? (a new page Test1 in the Main group)
* Create Test1.HomePage? (the home page for a new group, Test1)
* Create Test1.Test1? (a new page Test1 in a new group, Test1)
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