[Web4lib] Free software with Contribute-like features?
ross.singer at library.gatech.edu
Wed Nov 8 09:56:50 EST 2006
On 11/8/06, Raymond Wood <raywood at magma.ca> wrote:
> I see, so you're saying that Contribute is more similar to a WYSIWYG
> editor -- say, like DreamWeaver -- than a full-blown CMS.
Sort of, yes, but there's a little more to it than that. The major
hurdle to DreamWeaver is the site management functionality. When I
used to give DW training to library staff, this consumed 90% of the
training session. Contribute strips away all of that. You browse to
the page, you edit it, you save it.
So, in a way, yes, to the web editor it's functionality wouldn't seem
all that different than Drupal, Joomla or Plone, but it requires much
less management overhead for the web manager.
> If so, then perhaps the cross-platform and FOSS 'Nvu' is worth a look:
> "A complete Web Authoring System for Linux desktop users as well as
> Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage
> and Dreamweaver. Nvu (which stands for "new view") makes managing a
> web site a snap. Now anyone can create web pages and manage a website
> with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML."
I use Nvu quite a bit for simple HTML layout, but I would, again,
place this more in the DW category than Contribute. Nvu doesn't
separate site management from page editing/creation -- it truly /is/ a
WYSIWYG text editor in the purest sense.
I realize this all sounds like nuance at this point (and, from the
content providers' point of view it would -- until they have to try to
create a new page), but each of these are fundamentally different
approaches to managing a website.
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