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Re: collaborative website for sigla and abbreviations

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John Birchall <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 25 Apr 2012 09:35:03 +0100

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Dear Gregg,

As someone who has some training in both Greek and Demotic Egyptian
papyrology, and is now making a living from CMS websites in Drupal and
Wordpress (and offering daily 'spirit of open source', i.e. unpaid, Drupal
support http://drupal.org/user/710760), my first thought is that maybe it
makes sense to list design requirements in more detail before choosing an
architecture.

You do not say, but I assume, that your interest is in Greek papyrology.

Drupal offers, out of the box, 
tagging ('taxonomy' in Drupal language) with multiple and hierarchical
vocabularies, custom fields (fields which can be attached to a piece of
content, a user, or a custom entity in the database). Drupal permits the
creation of custom entities (to be used if each entry is a custom entity
rather than a piece of content or node: but little software has been written
yet for custom entities, most contributed software is for content 'nodes'),
and a contributed entity api. It has Views module (permitting selection,
sorting and display of nodes or entities or users by any possible selection
of field). 
Drupal also offer multiple custom editorial roles, and (with Workbench
modules) content moderation by customised rights per role, and visualisation
of revision information. 

I guess building the site in English makes most sense, but Drupal does has
comprehensive and robust multi-language support including right-to-left,
though the complexities of implementing multi-language are greater than
first meet the eye.

I do not recommend Drupal for very lightweight projects as it does involve
more maintenance and better hosting than Wordpress.

John Birchall

  

-----Original Message-----
From: The Digital Classicist List [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
On Behalf Of Schwendner, Gregg
Sent: 25 April 2012 02:45
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Subject: [DIGITALCLASSICIST] collaborative website for sigla and
abbreviations

I am going to start a website to illustrate papyrological sigla and
abbreviations. Any suggestions as to what type of site would accomplish this
best? A  blog (not sure tagging would be a sufficient organizing principle)?
A wiki? PDF files?
The idea would be that editors could, should they wish, add examples on
their own. The editor(s) could standardize the entires as time permits.

Thanks for your consideration,
Gregg Schwendner

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