RE: [gnome-summary] Gnome Summary Future Plans
- From: "Patryk Januszewski" <patryk digital-evolutions com>
- To: <gnome-summary gnome org>
- Subject: RE: [gnome-summary] Gnome Summary Future Plans
- Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 01:42:51 -0500
Awesome! Exactly what I was looking for! Now we can start to get
Sri, I'd be happy to help out with the translation/muti-language system.
It seems to me that that's where there will be the most need at this
The submissions system seems easy enough, and I've done several systems
before, so if help is needed, I wouldn't mind working on both.
The RSS feeds could be incorporated during the development of the
system. I'm sure we could have something to autogenerate them for each
As for future -more complex- items, I'm all for it. I'm always up for a
Good challenge. ;)
I'll be reviewing the links/suggestions you've made. Let me know where I
From: gnome-summary-admin gnome org
[mailto:gnome-summary-admin gnome org] On Behalf Of Sri Ramkrishna
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2004 1:13 AM
To: gnome-summary gnome org
Subject: [gnome-summary] Gnome Summary Future Plans
So, I am going to attempt to write my vision on what I would like to see
with regards to changes in Gnome Summary. I'm going to break it into
term and long term. You can figure out which ones you want to work on.
My preference of course is that I have at least have someone work on the
near term goals.
Near Term Goals
My near terms goals primarily revolve around translations and being able
to have Gnome Summary be translated in as many languages as possible.
This infrastructure is needed in order to not only accept english
submissions of content but any content. So a person from Thailand
be able to write to us in his native language and in our next summary
all translated. But currently, thats difficult to do.
* Fix the translation problem
This problem requires that we have a sane way to be able to extract
text of the summaries and then translate them. We have a tool called
xml2po that can sort of do it, but it needs love.
Shaun McCance is currently going to try to fix this but thats only
of the problem. We need to figure out where the translations go, and
what the procedure to translate the summaries in the current
There is also a configuration in Apache that reads the LANG variable
loads the right language when it becomes available. (if it's not
available, then it should say something to that effect)
Gnome Summary will need a page thats similar to the Debian and GNU
web pages that show the current Summary and a list of languages on top
that one could select. (eg if Turkish language summary doesn't exist
they can read it in english) So I hope we can get a nice clean design
that integrates with the w.g.o or d.g.o. properly.
Someone from the GNOME Web team is going to try to see if we can move
our current area to somewhere else. So someone will have to figure
how our current scheme works and then figure out how to make it
We'd like a page for people to submit news
article/suggestions/complaints/flames. We need this because the
gnome-summary gnome org is a mailing list and it takes time to approve
the posting. Also it could be put in a manner where it could easily
be integrated in the current GNOME Summary without a lot work.
* RSS feed
I'd like to see an RSS feed of GNOME Summary, one for each language
Couple of Notes:
I currently like how we have our summaries. It's very simple and easy
understand. I was able to pick up how to do the summary from Uraeus in
evening. Thats great, because it makes finding new volunteers easy. We
need to make sure that maintainability, and simplicity is foremost when
do all this. Otherwise, when we're all gone the next generation will be
sitting here trying to re-write the whole thing or be totally confused.
don't want to see that. So nice docs is a good thing to do also.
So thats just the near term. :-) Easy right?
I'll write the long term goal tommorow. Got hacking to do. :-)
In the meantime, here are some interesting places to go:
Check out the cvs repository web-devel-2. It contains our gnome summary
stuff. It's also the entire d.g.o page. It's not too big. If you're
bandwidth constraint, you can probably get part of the tree I'm
The gnome summary areas are:
The DTD for the summary is in scripts/gnome-summary-xml
The xml files are in content/news/summary
There is a howto in content/news/summary/*howto*
If you read through that you'll know what hell we go through every
We generally have a schedule where we try to finish the summary by
saturday afternoon or evening.
Thats all for now. I think there's something for everybody. If you
really want to do something complex we'll be handling that in the future
stuff. Thats where I'm really going to need some help! :-)
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