Time Nick Message 12:09 owen Oh, it looks like deleting members is broken altogether! 12:09 kados hehe 12:10 kados owen: is this in production? or rel_2_2? 12:10 owen Well, I was wondering why the deletedborrowers table on production was empty, so I was checking things out on rel_2_2. 12:10 owen Even in the default template, member deletions don't seem to work 12:11 kados well that seems like a problem to me ;-) 12:11 owen We delete patron records pretty rarely, so I'm not surprised no one has noticed. 12:12 kados we need some kind of QA evaluation process to check for broken functions 14:00 kados T-Minus 1 hour to Website / Interface Design Meeting 14:00 kados Meeting Agenda Posted at : http://tinyurl.com/d7de3 14:47 kados T-Minus 15 Minutes to Website / Interface Design Meeting 14:57 kados T-Minus 3 Minutes to Website / Interface Design Meeting 14:58 indradg hi all 15:00 kados OK ... So Welcome to the Third Website / Interface Design Meeting 15:00 kados Roll Call ... Who's here 15:01 owen We'd better wait to see if at least shaun and russ show up 15:01 owen (given the agenda) 15:01 kados so we're missing rach, russ, and shaun 15:01 kados yea 15:02 kados welcome russ ;-) 15:02 russ hi 15:03 kados still waiting for Shaun 15:03 kados russ: have you spoken to him lately? 15:03 russ yes spoke to him tuesday night NZ time 15:04 kados russ: was he planning to be here do you know? 15:04 russ but not since then 15:04 russ yep 15:05 russ i have a link to a concept he has done if he doesnt show 15:05 kados ok 15:05 kados we'll wait a couple more minutes 15:05 russ cool 15:07 shaun whoo, sorry i'm late 15:07 russ hi shaun 15:08 kados glad you made it shaun 15:08 kados ok that's quorum 15:08 kados so : Agenda: http://tinyurl.com/d7de3 15:08 kados anyone have anything to add? 15:09 russ no sounds good to me - short agenda is good - means we might actually get to talk about everything :-) 15:09 kados :-) 15:09 kados ok so first item 15:09 kados Website Preview 15:09 kados who's got a link? 15:09 shaun i would like to discuss something russ and i were discussing outside of #koha, the idea of humans showing the software and something which i can't remember atm (?), that's fine otherwise 15:10 shaun http://dev.shaunevans.co.uk/koha/kohaconcept.png (please be nice, residential broadband and all that 15:10 kados shaun: ok ... we can cover that 15:11 kados so I assume the ?FAQ links will become the navbar? 15:11 russ shaun - do you want to run through the design like you did with me 15:11 shaun kados: yep, but i need to discuss with you what the links will actually be 15:12 kados shaun: ok ... I think we had a wireframe for that 15:12 shaun yes please russ, and i will add anything that i have thought of since 15:12 kados russ: is that right? 15:13 kados I like the case study box ... it could even rotate 15:13 kados and we could let folks submit case studies 15:14 indradg sounds good 15:14 russ yep 15:15 russ so the links across the top (from the site map) 15:15 russ will be - About Koha - Showcase - Download Koha - Support - Community 15:16 thd 'community links' understates the importance of documentation, etc. links 15:16 russ http://www.russandsarah.gen.nz/kohawebredev/sitemap.html 15:17 russ thd - the purpose of that area of the page is to bring to the front some links that would otherwise be buried deep in the site 15:17 russ so maybe it needs another name? 15:17 shaun shortcuts? 15:17 kados I like shortcuts 15:17 thd the name was what I was questioning 15:18 shaun or maybe "quick links"? 15:18 kados yep ... also good 15:18 owen Quick Links is a more commonly used term in web sites, I think 15:18 kados it should be 'Koha Sourceforge Homepage' I think 15:18 owen I agree 15:18 shaun kados: yep, good point 15:19 russ i like Quick Links as well 15:19 thd or savanah 15:19 kados and instead of 'IRC Information' we should have a java client that lets them connect to IRC immediately and talk to someone 15:19 russ shaun - i have a comment from rachel about the green used in the top banner 15:19 kados thd: right ;-) 15:19 shaun what does she say? 15:20 shaun kados: how about ajax? 15:20 russ it seems a bit light - could do with more emerald (her words) 15:20 russ where did you get the green from ? 15:20 kados russ: what about the link green? 15:20 shaun ok - i will experiment; that green was a colourwheeled version of the blue below it, which i'm particularly fond of 15:21 russ right 15:21 kados my vote is that I like the greens ;-) 15:21 russ i think the green is more important than the blue 15:21 thd emarald is not an ugly browser safe colour :) 15:21 owen The grey on green doesn't pop very well 15:21 russ it is a bit insipid 15:22 shaun owen: on the faq buttons? 15:22 owen shaun: and the logo too 15:22 thd this green is better 15:22 shaun i found the green on the current site a bit *too* bold 15:23 russ at the moment koha 2.2 seems to be popping out to me more than the koha logo 15:23 kados yep 15:23 thd contrast 15:24 shaun if i make the koha v.2.2 a bit more blue and the 0 koha above a bit more white... 15:24 russ shaun - back on the green - i think it could be a touch darker/bluer 15:24 thd more emerald :) 15:25 russ :-) 15:25 shaun ok, i will experiment, that green was a bit arbitrary but i liked it and so kept with it for just that concept 15:25 shaun kados: http://cgiirc.sourceforge.net/ 15:25 thd sea like 15:26 kados shaun: exactly 15:27 russ shaun - i ask rosalie at hlt for some photos - but she didnt really have much 15:27 russ ideally we would like a photo to go into the 3 row where it says 15:27 shaun i think now would be a good time to get onto the topic i mentioned above: using images of people to advertise the product 15:27 russ yep cool 15:28 shaun screenshots are good, but more impressive imo is images of librarians using the product, demonstrating efficiency and usability 15:29 kados shaun: what do you think of the liblime site? 15:29 thd Where are the HDL publicity photos? 15:29 kados shaun: is that what you had in mind? or is it too abstract? 15:29 owen Two different issues, really. Screenshots are good for people who are thinking of downloading. Photos are good for people are thinking of having their sysadmins download :) Photos give good feelings to decision-makers. 15:30 kados owen: good point owen 15:30 owen I think mostly photos give a sense to customers that you're the real deal if you can put some good photos on your site 15:30 russ yep - and as discussed earlier - this new site should really appeal to the decision makers 15:30 kados right 15:31 russ i agree owen - goes to credibility 15:31 shaun the librarian i'm implementing for wanted to see that this thing is actually being used 15:31 kados so what kinds of photos are we talking about for the home page? 15:31 thd I like closely cropped so that you can see something happening 15:31 thd look at the last photo at http://www.agogme.com 15:31 shaun also makes the site look a bit more business-like ;-) 15:33 russ thd - are you refering to the photo of the young girl using the computer? 15:33 thd russ: yes 15:33 owen or the guys building a castle ;) 15:33 kados hehe 15:33 shaun hah 15:34 thd the building a castle is just a detail too :) 15:34 thd not a photo though 15:35 shaun the ideal thing would be some children using the opac with the koha logo clearly in view, or perhaps a librarian loaning out some books to a patron - a sense of community 15:35 kados so ... shaun are you suggesting we find photos of actual kohaites or just nab professional photos from cheap sources like dreamstime.com? 15:35 russ katipo has a store of photos that can be used 15:35 russ for free 15:36 thd picturing humans and something noticeable on the screen at the same time is very difficult 15:36 russ http://www.sunflowerimages.co.nz/search.html 15:36 russ if that helps 15:36 kados I agree ... LibLime tried to capture that and gave up 15:37 russ i think happy smiley people is more important than trying to get a koha logo showing up on screen 15:37 russ the image of the screen is going to be so small 15:37 russ you wont see any detail 15:37 shaun maybe then the human image, with the koha logo in the bottom right hand corner of the image itself, so "you know it's koha" 15:37 thd exactly 15:37 russ what would be nice is for the photo to be taken at a library who uses koha 15:37 russ rather than resorting to stock photos 15:38 thd so where are the HLT publicity snaps? 15:38 kados russ: that would be nice ... but would be hard to pull off I think 15:38 russ anyone at nelsonville (or elsewhere) want to be world famous 15:38 kados russ: i doubt it ;-) 15:39 russ i am sure rosalie will be fine with us using any of the photos on her site - http://www.library.org.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-main.pl 15:39 russ only thing is none of them are quite right 15:40 kados http://www.dreamstime.com/womanwithcomputer-image178708 15:40 russ i get a 404 at that link 15:40 kados weird 15:40 thd where are the librry.org photos 15:42 russ they have them dotted around their site - ie each section has a hero pic at the top of the page - http://www.library.org.nz/teens-zone/ 15:42 russ hmm actually if i remember rightly that photo is of that couple using a computer, but the computer has been cropped out 15:42 russ i'll try and track that one down 15:42 thd I spent days searching stock photos and otherwise before finding a suitably engaging photo. 15:43 russ right so before we spend too long on this 15:43 thd People often look bored or ditracted in front of a screen, even in posed photos. 15:44 russ we think it is a good idea to have a photo of not bored people ? and shaun and i will try and track one down to insert in there 15:44 kados cool 15:44 kados ok ... so next item ;-) 15:44 kados call for content writers 15:44 russ just wanted to say well done to shaun 15:44 russ i thing it is looking good so far 15:44 kados ditto ... thanks for your work shaun 15:45 shaun sorry to interrupt the moving on - all the links are surfacing now: 15:45 shaun http://www.austinseminary.edu/library/computer.jpg 15:45 russ now she does look bored even angry at the puter 15:45 russ :-) 15:45 rach she doesn't look like she is having a good time tho :-) 15:45 shaun but if she did... that would be ideal, right? 15:46 thd not the right expression certainly :) 15:46 russ yep that type of thing 15:47 shaun we're certainly not going to get anything with the right mood from stock photos, so if you visit your local library.... :-) 15:47 owen The right photo will be sharper, more dynamic, and with a happier subject 15:47 kados shaun: I'm not sure about that ... there are some surprising finds in stock photo databases 15:48 thd kados: Do you have no image of a proud patron charging out a stack taller than he can lift with the NPL self checkout system/ 15:48 kados but whatever ... you guys can find some good photos and we can discuss it next time 15:48 kados thd: no ;-) 15:48 kados so ... Call for Content Writers 15:48 russ yes content 15:48 kados russ: your topic I believe 15:48 kados russ: do you want to assign sections or how do you want to do it? 15:49 russ well first up do we have volunteers to write content? 15:49 thd I would be pleased to volunteer for FAQ and Features 15:49 kados I'll volunteer to write 15:50 russ thd and kados will be busy :-) 15:50 russ ok well what i have done 15:50 shaun i would be happy to do the 'apology for open source' bit, and i will fill in on any low-content pages that are essential to the site, i.e. the homepage, downloads etc 15:50 russ http://www.russandsarah.gen.nz/kohawebredev/sitemap.html 15:50 thd not apology of course :) 15:51 russ is for each page in the site made a "meta" page 15:51 shaun it seems that way in way too many proposals i have seen though... 15:51 russ so 15:51 russ http://www.russandsarah.gen.nz/kohawebredev/content/about-koha.html 15:52 russ so title, breadcrumb and a short description of the type of content to go on the page 15:52 russ i have also given pages a priority 15:52 russ as to the ones i think a mandatory (that we cant do with out) 15:52 russ and others that can wait if need be 15:52 kados right ... looks good 15:52 shaun russ: while on this, i don't really think news should be in About Koha 15:52 russ so i would like writers to sound on the mandatory pages 15:53 kados I also like the writer/editor/approver 15:53 kados shaun: where do you think it should go? 15:53 russ irma (from sydney) has volunteered to do editing - so that there is continuity of style - at least for the first cut of the site 15:54 shaun as one of the main levels, but not as part of the main navigation 15:54 kados that's right ... great! 15:54 russ main level but not in the main nav? 15:54 thd what is the spelling convention, I have an email on koha-devel about that? 15:55 kados thd: British English 15:55 thd :) 15:55 russ nice decision kados :-) 15:55 shaun russ: i was thinking about putting something like that up in the top-left corner 15:56 russ ah right so in a an aux nav type of thing 15:56 shaun yeh 15:56 thd yes I had referred to that as intrnational English 15:57 russ ok shaun we can address the news thing a little bit later 15:57 russ but re content 15:57 kados thd has volunteered to write Features and FAQ 15:57 russ cool 15:57 shaun sorry to distract - i'll take support/contributing 15:58 kados I'd be happy to take 'Koha Team', History, Support, Awards 15:58 kados and 'Pay for Support' 15:59 shaun kados: i see a pattern there :p 15:59 kados shaun: :-) 15:59 thd kados: Pay for Installation, Support, and Development. 15:59 russ ok just checking against any missing mandatory pages 15:59 russ i'll do the showcase section 16:00 shaun somebody needs to do testimonials and case studies, but that's more of a collection than a composition task 16:00 kados russ: is 'Purchase' better than 'Pay for' 16:00 russ kados - yes 16:00 kados russ: it might also be good to have a 'Sponsor Features' section 16:00 kados or 'Sponsorship Opportunities' 16:00 shaun kados: yes ^ - i got a weird look from the librarian over that 16:01 thd kados: the and development meant sponsor features. 16:01 rach how about "Wish List" 16:01 kados thd: ? 16:01 rach as a more enticing title, and then explain the sponsorhip thing 16:02 kados rach: hmmm ... that doesn't sound professional to my American ears 16:02 shaun rach: how about making it part of a contribution section spanning a few pages? 16:02 thd kados: Pay for Installation, Support, 'and Development'. 16:02 rach or New Features? Upcomming Features? 16:02 thd s/Pay/Purchase/ 16:02 kados well ... we have a 'under development' section 16:02 rach paying for development isn't necessarily the same thing 16:02 kados so we don't want to replicate that 16:03 rach I'm thinking things we'd like to do, but would like a sponsor for - wether that be people to pay, or someone to champion/explain how it should work 16:03 kados I've been using the word 'sponsorship' lately with clients and they seem to like it ... but that's just US clients 16:03 rach under development sounds like things that have got a sponsor already... 16:03 rach and are being worked on 16:03 kados rach: right 16:04 thd kados: Purchase for Installation, Support, and Custom Development. Something shorter is needed though for a brief heading. 16:04 kados thd: Purchase Support ;-) 16:04 rach sponsor is ok if people get it 16:05 kados rach: right ... does it sound ok to you? 16:05 rach it has some connotation of not really getting anything :-) 16:06 kados rach: hehe 16:06 kados rach: right ... I get that a bit too ... 16:06 rach so if you sponsor things here, it's like a charity and you might get your logo on the programme 16:06 thd kados: Purchase Support & Custom Development 16:06 kados rach: maybe there's a better word 16:06 rach rather than that we want someone who really wants this thing 16:06 thd kados: Support & Custom Development Options 16:06 rach what about it thd 16:06 rach custom development isn't what I mean either 16:07 rach custom development is doing something special for a particular library 16:07 rach which is cool, but doesn't cover some of our "wish" things like say other language translations 16:08 kados right 16:08 kados ok ... well we can think about it ... 16:08 rach yep 16:09 shaun "invest in koha" :p .... patronise? subsidise? 16:09 thd rach: every feature starts as custom development to fill a partiular need 16:09 kados russ: any more critical pages that need writers? 16:10 thd shaun: I like invest in X. 16:10 rach not in the way that implies I think - we put out our "wish list" of things we'd like to see in Koha, and libraries/developers picked up on the ones that interested them - that's a different concept to saying "we'll customise it for you" 16:10 rach it 16:10 russ no i think we are covered 16:10 russ i'll sort the community one out 16:10 kados hone call 16:10 rach it's more proactive to say what you're wanting someone to sponsor your for 16:11 russ i'll do an email with the assignments and up date those pages on my site 16:11 kados phone call 16:11 thd rach: you mean a list of features waiting for sponsorship 16:11 rach yep 16:12 rach and sponsorship doesn't necesarily mean money 16:12 thd of course 16:13 shaun beer, silly... hah 16:13 owen Duh! 16:13 russ i'll also include how i would like the content sent through 16:13 russ in terms of deadlines for writing content 16:14 russ is sunday 21st too soon to recieve all first drafts? 16:14 russ gives us a week and a half 16:15 thd not if I can get the feature list Kados completed for a forthcoming article. 16:15 shaun i think so... it's my summer holiday, so i'm hoping to get exposed to natural light at some point, how about the week after? 16:15 russ i would dearly like the new site to be live before 11sept 16:16 russ we have the new zealand libraries conference 16:16 thd shaun: natural light only causes skin cancer :) 16:16 russ do you get sunlight in the uk ? :-) 16:16 shaun i'm aiming for early september too, school term starts and i want to impress the librarian... and my classmates, for that matter.... 16:17 russ cos i am thinking that we will need to give irma at least 10 days to proof 16:17 russ and then it all needs to be loaded in and approved 16:17 russ so it is getting tight 16:17 shaun russ: enough to make my neck sting for days when somebody touches it 16:18 owen Remember what Kurt Vonnegut always says, "Wear sunscreen" 16:18 russ remeber it is the web, and we can always add to the content we have later 16:19 russ shaun - if writing content is going to take away from your design time 16:19 russ i think it best you concentrate on design 16:19 thd russ: nice about that aspect :) 16:19 russ as we will need some inside pages to go with this homepage 16:20 russ and i think the community portal page 16:20 russ will look more like a secondary homepage than an inside page 16:20 russ so that will need some thought as well 16:20 shaun i've already sorted the inside pages, but they're not particularly impressive in terms of design when placed next to the hp 16:20 russ i will get my wireframe ideas up soon 16:21 thd Is there a design default template for page content? 16:21 thd styalistically, etc. 16:21 shaun thd: sorry, i only have the outline version, the concept is in progress atm 16:23 russ shaun - are you writing the code at the same time as doing these designs? 16:23 shaun nope 16:23 russ cool 16:24 russ along with the writing assignments i will get a new draft schedule up 16:24 thd who is doing documentation? 16:24 russ thd ? 16:24 shaun shedges at www.kohadocs.org, afaik 16:25 russ apologies everyone - but i have another meeting that i need to go to 16:25 thd russ: I mean the documentation content element or is that just a direct link? 16:25 russ direct link 16:25 russ to kohadocs 16:27 russ i will do an email to the dev list about the content and with a new schedule 16:27 russ shaun there will be an email waiting for you in the morning with some stuff about the inside pages 16:28 russ bye all 16:28 shaun russ: ok, thank you 16:28 shaun russ: bye 16:28 thd russ: bye 16:29 kados sorry ... 16:29 thd Is there a good tutorial for your CMS? 16:30 kados sorry about that ... phone call and then my IRC crashed 16:30 shaun i'm not sure about opencms... never used it, probably never will 16:32 thd rach: you use it. Do you have a pointer to brief tutorial? 16:32 kados so our deadline is in Sept ... right? 16:32 kados we've got writing assignments 16:32 kados only thing left on the agenda is the programmer's templates ... 16:32 kados owen: how's that coming? 16:33 owen Pretty well. 16:33 owen The only things left to do are some sections that I'm not very familiar with: serials and authorities 16:33 kados great 16:33 owen Then I'll need to do another synch with the default template to catch up 16:33 thd kados: Sept. is an amorphous deadline considering the coordination required. 16:34 kados thd: well ... let's see how it goes ;-) 16:34 owen Right now I've just been comitting to HEAD. I don't know how all the programmers feel about switching over to these right away. 16:34 kados thd: I'll have my content written before that ;-) 16:34 shaun my deadline for purely design will be 01/09 - speaking of which: would owen, slef or another designer be able to check over my coding when it's going? 16:34 kados owen: right ... I'd say that's best 16:34 kados shaun: I'd like to look ;-) 16:35 thd shaun: what aspect of your coding? 16:36 shaun excellent, just to make sure it's all robust, i am known to miss things that the w3c thingy hasn't caught either 16:36 shaun xhtml and css, plus how it all complies to WCAG 16:38 thd shaun: I have experience forcing xhtml compliance for some very old browsers. 16:38 rach sorry someone asked about opencms? I've had a play but wouldn't say I'd used it 16:38 shaun russ says it's a requirement from the katipo end; opencms over mambo 16:40 rach yep - do I need to explain that again? 16:40 shaun i probably missed it the first time, sorry 16:41 rach ok - we don't have anything particularly against mambo, I'm sure it's a fine piece of software, but we've identified open CMS as a good candidate for doing large info websites - which is something we're into, and wanting to find a good product for 16:41 rach we don 16:41 rach so what we want to *get* out of this project other than a fab new koha site 16:42 rach is something we can do a proper test of open cms with 16:42 rach if it's shite of course we'll dump it :-) 16:43 thd rach: I had assumed that you had already proved its merit :) 16:43 shaun same here :) 16:43 rach we've tested it not in real life - and think it's good 16:43 rach but we need a real site, with lots of contributers to really put it through it's paces 16:44 rach it's pretty hard to test a cms when the site isn't "real" for want of a better way of putting it 16:44 chris its in use in huge organisations all over the place so we arent worried about it being up to the job 16:44 chris more "do we really like it" 16:44 chris and you cant learn that without using it 16:44 rach yep 16:45 chris and with the pain i went thru to install java sdk, and tomcat to get it running 16:45 chris you better like it :-) 16:45 shaun kados and i have plenty of mambo running big stuff - and i've got this thing against java as well... grr... 16:45 rach right - that's why mambo is less interesting 16:46 chris sure we have played with mambo before 16:46 thd chris: you chose the Java CMS :) 16:46 rach and we might have a different definition of "big" sites? 16:46 shaun quite probably... kados, what's big? :-) 16:46 rach we're looking at thousands of pages, up to 50 editors etc 16:48 chris and thats just one of them 16:48 rach if it's rubbish we'll change it, all we're wanting is that we give it a go see if it's good 16:48 rach you never know you might love it :-) 16:49 shaun how does it work for dynamic content like blogs and news? 16:50 thd rach: very big might be 10s of thousands of editors and tens of millions of pages. I know a CMS that does that but many do not like its resource consumption for that scale. 16:50 rach sure 16:51 rach http://www.opencms.org/opencms/en/ 16:53 rach all their reference sites have news etc, so I'm pretty sure it has all that 16:53 shaun kados: this is breaking up a bit, so how about closing the meeting or going back to one of the flagged topics? 16:53 rach http://www.opencms.org/opencms/en/support/tour/5.html 16:53 rach sorry I thought it had closed 16:54 rach I see russ is runing off to an in person meeting 16:54 thd I am still uncler about the status of programmer templates. 16:54 thd What is the name of that template set? 16:55 shaun i don't understand what's happening with templates at all atm - including the default ones in 2.4 16:55 owen 'prog', and it's only in HEAD 16:55 thd I have not looked for them in CVS. 16:55 thd owen: Would these be the templates where nothing is ever broken :) 16:56 owen well, right now they're where everything is always broken 16:56 shaun heh 16:56 owen Paul's been roughing up the sandbox a bit ;) 16:56 thd owen: what is the prognosis for usability 16:57 owen the programmer's templates are not designed for usability 16:57 owen They're designed for programmers and template-writers only 16:58 thd owen: sorry, poorly worded. Do they expose all variables and put them some place now? 16:58 owen That's part of the goal 16:58 owen But probably not achieved in this first draft 16:59 thd owen: I am assuming I understand their purpose, maybe I am missing something. 16:59 thd owen: what is(are) the other part(s) of the goal? 17:00 rach and i thought plainer templates would be easier to work with - particularly for testing and adding in new stuff 17:00 owen the primary goal of the programmer's templates is to provide the programmers a bare-bones framework with which to add and modify features 17:00 owen The stripped-down nature of the templates will hopefully make it easier for custom template-writers to discern what is new functionality when updating their templates 17:01 thd owen: which requires exposing all variables, does it not? 17:01 owen With no layout or styling, the programmer templates can be a blank canvas for new templates 17:02 owen thd: I said that. I only qualified it by saying that that goal has probably not been fully achieved in this first draft 17:02 slef timezones, life 17:03 owen Gotta run everyone! 17:03 shaun owen: for when the designer has the mind power to go through hundreds of template files and add classes and semantics ;-) 17:03 slef shaun: I'd like to look at it. 17:03 shaun http://dev.shaunevans.co.uk/koha/kohaconcept.png - wdyt? 17:04 slef shaun: I meant the end. Not mad about round-rects everywhere or "open source" but generally good. Looks like it will be "fun" to code to fit all window sizes and shapes. 17:05 slef shaun: more power to your elbow. 17:05 thd kados: what happened with your unexpected z39.50 results? 17:06 slef Can it be called "Developer" rather than "koha Sourceforge homepage"? Sourceforge is someone else's brand name, not recognisable and not koha's homepage (and paul posted about moving). 17:07 rach sorry 10am here, work calls 17:08 shaun i would suggest "developer" is far too general, especially considering this is an open source project, and the sourceforge site is also currently used for downloads 17:09 slef Maybe we need >1 links to things there? 17:09 slef "download" has its own link anyway 17:10 thd Is the developer wiki intended to be absorbed into the new koha.org? 17:11 shaun i don't think so, looking at the difference in content structure 17:12 thd I had thought that part of the motivation was to coordinate content struture in a unified way. 17:14 thd shaun: thus making it easier to find things. 17:16 rach our first priority was to get a good "sales tool" together 17:17 shaun this is just my opinion, so feel free to steamroller it if you object to it: 17:17 rach the portal is to link to all the other stuff 17:17 shaun i think that a very large proportion of the wiki could be removed altogether, and made into the community/portal site 17:18 shaun the doco parts of it could be moved over to www.kohadocs.org 17:18 shaun and the links are on the homepage as "quick links" 17:20 shaun really, i would suggest making a split between www.koha.org, the product, business, "community gateway" site; and the community/portal site, which is very much by developers, for developers or people very closely involved with the project 17:23 thd shaun: There is certainly a content overlap between parts of the wiki and koha.org site map. Presently, the wiki is serving as a significant extension of the portal for essentially portal purposes such as direction to this channel. 17:25 shaun direction to this channel itself is a bit of a grey area - it also comes under "free support" 17:26 thd should be listed multiply of course. 17:30 thd kados: are you still around? 17:43 thd shaun: something left out of the spelling standard consideration is including important document terms and their spelling alternates in a meta keywords header. 17:46 thd shaun: so US librarians searching for catalog etc. in Google can find the page where it is spelt catalogue. 17:47 shaun yep, i've got that considered - i would like to see how opencms manages pages, because it might do generation of keywords, descriptions, rss links et a; 17:49 rach back briefly 17:50 rach just a bit of an odd note perhaps - I have a some ambivilance about pointing the general public to this chanel - and about giving the impression this is a 24hr helpdesk 17:51 rach it really isn't a 24 hr help desk - unless we actually get a roster going or something, and for newbie questions the mailing list is a much better vehicle 17:51 shaun i was thinking about that earlier - has it ever been considered to have more than one channel? 17:51 rach IMO this is like where we "work" 17:52 rach yep - we have had more chanels, we had a koha-support for a while, but it wasn't used 17:52 shaun newbies are, in my experience, generally unwilling to send to mailing lists, i'm not sure why 17:53 rach most of us here have jobs (or things to do for sig portions of the day :-) so I'm not sure that we could cope with a big influx of people 17:53 rach yep - I get a lot of direct questions by mail, and if I can't answer them I direct them to the mailing list - or if they ask more than a couple of questions basically 17:54 thd rach: If you had a big influx of people, that should cure itself. 17:54 rach so having a clear "ask your questions here" e=mail addy is IMO better than getting people on the chanel 17:54 rach well thd, you've been someone who's spending a good deal of time on the channel actually talking, but that's pretty unusual 17:55 rach we'll just get the actual developers using another chanel I gues 17:55 rach if you think of our big meetings, having more than about 6 people actually trying to converse is just a nightmare 17:56 thd rach: I have tried to help some of the newest Koha experimenters as a very useful learning exercise myself. 17:56 rach we have several hundred people on the mailing list, we wouldn't want them all to show up :-) 17:56 rach absoloutely - I think we all do that 17:57 rach I'm just cautioning against pushing IRC as *the* place to get help etc - which is why it isn't plastered all over the place now 17:58 thd rach: The koha list seems to have fewer links to it than the IRC channel. 17:59 rach on the koha site itself, the mailing list link is on every page 17:59 rach once you get into the developer stuff on the wiki etc, I would imagine the IRC starts to pop up more? 18:00 thd rach: I had gone to the sourceforge site more often so that directed me to the wiki, which looked more current than koha.org 18:00 kados rach: I'd like to have a koha-lobby 18:00 rach nice idea 18:01 thd kados: what is the topic of koha-lobby? 18:01 kados and a link from the main Koha page to a http://cgiirc.sourceforge.net/ IRC client 18:01 rach we have one for our katipo chanel - so #katipo is invite only 18:01 kados so they don't have to download anything ... they can just start talking 18:01 rach (you might not want to go that far :-) 18:02 thd kados: you mean #koha-lobby? 18:02 kados thd: yep 18:03 shaun and then i suppose the cgi-irc points at the lobby, not at #koha 18:05 kados shaun: exactly 18:05 thd rach: If you wish to discourage common user questions on #koha then you should post direction to #koha-lobby and I will try to be sure the FAQ is progressively more complete. 18:06 thd Does opencms have a FAQ module? 18:06 shaun thd: yes 18:07 thd what prevents the FAQ module from being used as a spam board? 18:08 shaun i reckon there will be a large number of people dropping by and then realising they didn't want to be there, and possibly newbies in need of a good LARTing or who just haven't read the site properly 18:09 shaun it's read-only to all but the editor (or did i interpret the question wrong?) 18:10 thd shaun: You had it right. I have seen FAQs that are also structured wikis. Spam has now become a problem for those. 18:11 rach thd - I just don't want to loose the good working that we get done here in a barage of new people/questions etc, so your suggestions seem good to me 18:12 shaun ah - so then they're "questions asked on the fly to annoy people" rather than "frequently asked questions"... 18:12 rach :-) 18:12 shaun would you log both channels? 18:12 kados shaun: :-) 18:13 kados rach: eating up your bandwidth, etc. ;-) 18:13 rach well luckily irc isn't bandwidth intensive 18:13 rach so not such a big issue 18:13 thd If only there were 20 customers for you to have such a problem ;) 18:14 rach I guess the difference between having like an "office" where you do work, which is what I think of #koha now 18:14 rach and a help desk 18:14 shaun how about a permanent topic then, like something seen on the big irc networks: "Koha Lobby: For support, ask away and please be patient for a reply | Please keep on topic" 18:15 rach yep sounds fine - or if no ones here go join the mailing list and ask there :-) 18:15 thd you could experiment with an answerbot. Do those ever work? 18:15 kados shaun: I'd like to think of koha-lobby of a place where folks can just ask questions about Koha ... not really a 'support desk' ... more of a sales desk 18:15 rach yeah we have one of those 18:15 rach in #katipo 18:16 thd rach: does it work well? 18:16 rach they are quite good - you need to teach them the answers 18:16 rach we use it mostly for phone numbers :-) 18:16 rach and contacts 18:16 kados it's in a directory somewhere around here 18:16 rach so it's good at "who is kados?" 18:16 shaun but surely it would be better to make those FAQs rather than making the answers? 18:17 rach and it would answer "Kados is Josua from liblime contact on blah blah" 18:17 rach being IRC needs to be a one sentance/line questions 18:17 rach would be stylish to have the same q & a in both media 18:18 rach so that whichever you were more comfortable with you could use 18:18 rach and I would think you'd get more questions from IRC - so you might get them started from there, and then add them to the FAQ 18:19 thd shaun: I guess that my open FAQ application idea is lacking something but where I have them they never look used except perhaps recently with spam from bots. 18:19 shaun how about, for cgi-irc, we have an explanatory page before explaining some rules and the purpose of the channel? we can assume that most newbies will use that method rather than using a local chat client, so that targets the right people in the right way 18:23 shaun i'm very interested to know what goes on in #katipo :-) 18:24 rach we talk about work 18:24 thd I actually failed to get the CGI-IRC application working on Safari, where it had opened by default. I guess that is Apples problem and mine to allow Apple to have dictated the default browser so poorly. 18:24 shaun i mean... why you need an answerbot 18:24 rach oh because it knows all our phone numbers :-) 18:24 rach and all our client phone numbers 18:25 rach and various other stuff - URLs for things etc 18:25 shaun heh, the answerbot knows 18:25 rach ah and it spells things for us 18:25 rach and does maths 18:25 shaun i want one 18:26 rach we have 3 bots - ib (info bot), tb (time bot), marvin the door bot 18:26 shaun what does marvin do? 18:26 rach invites people in from the lobby 18:27 shaun and tb? 18:27 rach oh and ib keeps track of people 18:27 rach so you can ask it where someone is, and it brings up when they last spoke, what they said etc 18:27 rach um tb is a timebot, it logs the channel, so like logbot 18:28 rach but also if you haven't said anything for a while, it asks you what you've been up to, and you can querry it later to help you fill in your timesheet 18:29 rach is useful for freelancing - to keep track of your hours 18:32 thd kohabot: where is kados? 18:35 shaun they're both silent, so maybe that's trying to tell us something..... 18:37 thd kohabot has been taking lessons from marvin the door bot 18:38 rach we don't have a kohabot 18:38 rach we have a logbot 18:38 rach but that only logs 18:38 shaun logbot: where is kohabot? 18:38 shaun :-) 18:44 shaun or.... rach: where is logbot? 18:54 shaun kados: that's September 1st, right? 18:58 kados shaun: yep ;-) 18:58 kados shaun: did I say Aug? 18:59 shaun kados: yes 18:59 kados oops ... feel free to correct me on-list ;-) 18:59 kados I'm a bit spacey today 19:01 kados I'm so spacey that I killed the ssh daemon on one of my servers in seattle ... locking myself out ;-) 19:01 kados had to call tech support to have them power cycle the machine ;-) 19:01 shaun ouch, i've done that before 19:01 kados I was trying to kill a stray ssh session 19:02 kados and read the pids wrong ;-) 19:02 kados that's when you know it's time to call it a night 19:02 kados hehe 19:02 kados it'd be interesting to track how many you get 19:03 kados to see how many people are actually following the list ;-) 19:04 shaun 11 so far 19:07 shaun wait... 8, if you take away Ben, my gf and my dad..... it'll be more interesting this time tomorrow 19:08 shaun have we ever had a slashdotting before? 19:11 kados once I think 19:11 kados back with the 1.x series 19:21 rach shaun - logbot is on the channel - you can see it in the list 19:21 shaun :-) 19:25 kados it lives in chris's screen session most likely ;-) 19:38 shaun i'm off, i've been waiting for this sleep for 20 hours.... oh yeah 19:38 shaun night all 19:44 kados hehe 20:08 thd kados: ping 20:17 thd logbot: goodnight 03:02 osmoze hello world !) 03:03 paul Hello le 82 03:03 osmoze ^^ 03:46 indradg shaun, hi.... slept well? :) 03:47 indradg the ungodly hours of Koha meets mess it up for me everytime ;) 03:48 shaun indradg: nope, next door are drilling something 03:48 indradg argh! 03:50 shaun sometimes my family ponder over why i can use all my time on open source, but get really annoyed when woken up... 04:22 hdl hi indradg. 04:22 hdl how are you ? 04:23 hdl I have been told that you designed koha Live-CD. 04:23 hdl Which passwords did you use for root and kohaadmin ? 06:50 osmoze paul ? 06:51 paul yep 06:52 osmoze hum...j ai un petit probleme avec css lors de l affichage detailler MARC dans le items 06:52 osmoze les tableau sont fous ^^ 06:52 osmoze j ai regarder sur tes opacs, et pareils 06:53 osmoze et je n arrive pas a trouver :( 06:54 osmoze en fait dans la feuille, si dans div.tabbloc je commente le position, alors ca marche ( en bas de page mais ca marche 06:54 osmoze ) 06:55 paul et c'est quoi la question ? 06:56 osmoze et bien comment faire pour pouvoir le mettre a niveau mais ayant un tableau juste ^^ 06:57 osmoze il y a que absolute pour position qui met le tableau a la bonne place mais apres les donnees sont decalés 06:57 osmoze et appremment sur tous les opac :( 06:57 paul (pas bien compris la question...) 06:57 paul (une URL peut être puorrait m'aider ?) 06:57 osmoze vi 06:57 osmoze je prepare l erreur :) 09:49 paul hi owen, you're 1st of is joshua hidden ? 09:49 owen I'm sure kados is lurking out there somewhere 10:00 paul hi joshua. 10:00 paul seems that new DB structure works quite good when MARC=ON 10:01 paul add / modif of bilbio & items 10:01 paul remains : deleting & MARC=OFF 10:01 paul for instance, i'm trying to run zebra ;-) 10:09 thd paul: what are you doing with MARCXML? 10:09 paul hi thd 10:09 thd hello paul 10:09 paul i store the MARC record in both iso2709 & XML form in koha DB 10:09 paul it's useful when debugging. 10:10 paul not sure it will remain when koha 3.0 reaches the door ;-) 10:10 paul but it's mandatory if you want to play with head for instance... 10:10 kados paul: great! 10:10 kados paul: you've been very busy ;-) 10:11 paul not so much. I really know perfectly Biblio.pm as i'm the author & i had an exact idea of where I wanted to go. 10:11 thd paul: which will be the form used in 3.0? 10:11 paul what is the best imho, is that Biblio.pm should be strenghned with new DB structure 10:12 paul thd : it's exactly the same in fact. 10:12 paul MARCXML transforms an iso2709 record into XML, and XML2marc does the opposite. 10:12 paul I think we will continue to work with MARC, but not 100% sure. 10:13 paul (I mean here only for INTERNAL storing. We can import XML as well as iso2709 with ed summer great tools !) 10:13 paul (same for export) 10:14 thd paul: what is the advantage for using XML over MARC::Record, as you already well familiar with MARC::Record? 10:14 paul while developping Koha, none for the code, BIG for debugging. 10:15 paul as iso2709 is almost unreadable (almost like binray) 10:15 paul so, it's useful to have both forms to be able to use the one you need depending on what you want to do ! 10:17 kados paul: I was thinking that we could move the koha table to XML ... 10:17 kados paul: so that non-marc libraries could still use Zebra 10:17 kados paul: without having to deal with marc 10:17 thd paul: Do you not have the same benefit if you compare a code problem to the original MARC record in text form as you do with the record in XML? 10:18 paul thd : yes 10:19 paul kados : why not, but we still would have the problem of defining the structure of the datas. and imho, we would arrive almost where we already are after a long trip ;-) 10:19 kados :-) 10:19 kados but ... it would add greater flexibility for the fields if we could do XML 10:19 kados for instance, we could do free-text queries 10:20 kados and Koha would be better than any other ILS out there ;-) 10:22 thd kados: Do you mean free text queries on the koha tables? 10:23 thd or rather information now held in the Koha tables? 10:25 kados thd: I mean free text queries on full-text XML records 10:25 kados thd: if a library had them 10:31 thd kados: do you mean queries on XML records that did not originate from MARC? 10:32 kados thd: yes 10:34 thd kados: Can Zebra store and query arbitrary XML records on a fielded basis? 10:34 kados thd: yep 10:35 paul YYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.... 10:35 kados what's up paul ... solve the universal question? ;-) 10:35 paul I made my 1st succesfull koha => zebra => search !!! 10:35 kados great! 10:35 kados that's very exciting 10:35 kados whoohoo! 10:36 thd horaay. 10:36 paul quite strange to HAVE to run zebraidx IN the directory where your zebra.cfg is... 10:36 kados hehe ... yea I thought so too 10:36 kados of course you can specify where the config is with '-c' I think (don't quote me though ;-)) 10:37 paul don't seems to work if you are in a different directory. 10:37 paul i tried but without success... 10:40 thd well, can Zebra be used to query an arbitrary XML format where 'title' is in one record, 245 etc. used in another, something else used in another in one Zebra database for the same query? 10:41 kados thd: I've got an NCIP meeting to attend 10:42 kados thd: if you want some more info about zebra check out indexdata.dk/zebra 10:42 kados thd: we can chat later tonight about it if you like 10:42 thd kados: when tonight? 10:42 paul stupid sourceforge... 10:42 kados paul: yes! for me too! 10:42 paul A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its 10:42 paul recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed: 10:42 paul 550-SPAM: This message appears to be spam (5.3 points). 10:42 paul it was just my commit !!! 10:43 kados paul: grrr! 10:43 kados that's absurd! 10:43 paul you got it too ? 10:43 kados no 10:43 kados not that 10:43 paul why 'yes for me too' ? 10:43 paul you mean you played successfully with head ? 10:43 kados it's been very very slow and down quite a bit over the last few days 10:43 kados no ... I tried committing some things yesterday 10:44 kados and couldn't get them through 10:44 kados paul: I must go now ... maybe we can chat tomorrow about your schedule so I know when to get ahold of you if I need to 10:45 thd kados: when does testing Savannah start? 10:45 paul ok, will be here 10:45 thd kados: when will you be available tonight? 10:50 thd paul: As, many things need to be changed for 3.0, do you have any thought about supporting the possible eventual use of UNIMARC and MARC21 in the same Koha installation? 10:51 paul no, it's not a priority for me. 10:51 thd paul: I did not mean it as a priority. 10:54 thd paul: I meant to ask if you would think about how support for that might be built eventually by using an extra variable. 10:55 thd paul: not to build it now or for 3.0 but to think about the possibility for distant version X.X. 11:01 thd paul: Do you think that the thought is merely crazy, and therefore, unworthy of even thinking about an eventual possibility. 11:01 thd ? 11:02 paul the question I immediatly see is : can I do this. than answer is no 11:02 paul (at least for instance) 11:02 paul I have no opinion otherwise. 11:05 thd paul: what I mean in the simplest respect for a more flexible installation is a variable that controls whether Koha is using MARC 21, UNIMARC, some other MARC, non-MARC, whatever. 11:07 thd paul: There is such a variable now but it does not rebuild the DB to use another format. It would be nice if rebuilding the DB to use another format were not necessary in the way that one can change templates or CSS. I know the issue different from templates or CSS. 11:09 thd s/different/is different/ 11:12 thd paul: If Koha could change MARC formats with a mere variable, then it would be much easier to eventually support my fantasy of multi-format Koha in some distant never never land :) 11:16 thd paul: In that never never land, the a particular record flavour is preferred but not completely required. Copy cataloguing French books would be easier in the MARC 21 world and copy cataloguing English books would be easier in the UNIMARC world. 11:18 thd paul: I will stop wasting your attention now. :) 11:18 paul anyway, it's 6PM here, so i'm on my desktop for a few minuts only :-D 11:19 thd paul: I just hate systems that are incompatible by design. The various MARCs for example. :) 11:20 paul & i think i'll never understand why UNIMARC & MARC21 are so incompatibles ! 11:20 paul probably a frenchie that said "hey, guy, look, I made something myself, better than those stupid americans" 11:21 thd paul: It is mostly better for many aspects, in my opinion. 11:21 paul which one ? unimarc or marc21 ? 11:21 thd paul: UNIMARC 11:22 paul I know french librarians that thinks marc21 is better than unimarc for many aspects !!! 11:22 thd paul: It had the advantage of being designed later. 11:22 paul (but dunno which) 11:23 thd paul: MARC 21 is more complete for some information. 11:25 thd paul: UNIMARC provides $3 for fields that MARC leaves a system to figure out how best to implement. That is a difficulty for authorities. 11:29 thd paul: There are business interests prefer incompatibilities. Incompatibilities are a problem for a competitor so you can have your own closed market. 11:32 thd paul: The commercial companies that built the subway system in New York City each used a different track width to ensure that they would never be combined. They were combined anyways. The combined system merely became more expensive to operate than it would have been if they had used only one track width originally.