[pmwiki-users] Mechanism for external editing of files
christian.ridderstrom at gmail.com
Mon Oct 20 08:26:56 CDT 2008
Oops... I found the post below in my 'postponed folder', so I'm sending it
now. Apologies if I've sent it already. The post is related to dealing
with external files, especially spreadsheets.
I think that the following mechanism could be quite useful for the wiki.
The basic idea is to make it easier to use other tools together with the
wiki. This tool could for instance be spreadsheet software or a graphics
software. Imagine the following scenario / use sequence:
1. The user creates a spreasheet using e.g. OpenOffice Calc.
2. The user clicks a special 'embed external object'-link, which lets
him upload the spreadsheet file to the wiki.
The wiki now does the following automatically:
* Use the spreadsheet file to export a HTML-version of the spreadsheet
* Shows the user a markup snippet that the user can paste into a wiki
page in order to embed the HTML-version of the spreadsheet.
3. The user edits a wiki page and insert the markup.
There is now a wiki page that shows the HTML-version of the spreadsheet.
Clicking on that <object>..</object>, or perhaps on a special 'edit'-link
above the object, the user will be able to edit the spreadsheet file.
When saving the file it, it'd be nice if the file was automatically
uploaded to the wiki again, but this will probably require a manual
4. Once a new version of the spreadsheet has been uploaded, the
wiki engine detects this and automatically updates the HTML-version
of the spreadsheet.
Anyway, the basic idea is to discuss if there are methods that can make it
easier to embed other type of material inside a wiki page. And also
methods to make it easier to modify such material.
Christian Ridderström, +46-8-768 39 44 http://www.md.kth.se/~chr
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