[pmwiki-users] Audiences (was: Re: RFC: PITS 00701 -- WikiFarm confusion)

Bellave Jayaram bellavejayaram at cox.net
Thu Mar 16 10:25:48 CST 2006

I am advocating a split in the DocumentationIndex. I will create a couple of
trails and see how we may do it (or not).

I see your point about why categories and menus cannot be exploited.

Refining search in the way you have done with pagelist is brilliant!!


-----Original Message-----
From: Patrick R. Michaud [mailto:pmichaud at pobox.com] 
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 9:14 AM
To: Bellave Jayaram
Cc: 'Neil Herber'; pmwiki-users at pmichaud.com
Subject: Re: Audiences (was: Re: [pmwiki-users] RFC: PITS 00701 -- WikiFarm

On Thu, Mar 16, 2006 at 09:02:17AM -0700, Bellave Jayaram wrote:
> OK, noted. Even within audience, there is need to distinguish between
> intermediate and advanced topics. IMNSHO, trails (and categories and
> should be exploited more to aggregate like content and make navigation
> easier. 

This is what the DocumentationIndex is supposed to do.  The
basic topics appear first, followed by the intermediate ones,
and then the advanced ones:

    * Beginner Topics for Creating/Editing Pages
    * Intermediate Editing Topics
    * Wiki Structures: Organizing and Protecting Pagesi
    * PmWiki Site Administration
    * About PmWiki 

The problem with using Categories in the distribution is that
we don't want to take category names away from sites that might
want to use them for something besides PmWiki documentation.
A similar argument exists for menus -- until they're integrated
as part of the core, menus don't work on many sites.

There is no problem with using backlinks and search for this,
however.  For example, to get a list of all of the "basic"
pages one could do:

    (:pagelist group=PmWiki "(basic)" :)


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