It always was one of the aims of OpenGuides for the software to be usable
everywhere on the globe. We havent gotten round to most of this yet,
as the main protagonists have full time jobs. Patches are welcome however :).
See comments below.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Martín Hernán Ferrari" <yo(a)martinferrari.com.ar>
Sent: 09 April 2004 04:17
Subject: [OpenGuides-Dev] nwe project
I'm planning on starting a openguide for the Buenos Aires city (Argentina).
I already have a draft (http://guiaba.mine.nu/cgi-bin/openguides/og
), but I
have some doubts and I want to share them with you:
I'm concerned about language. I hope the guide to be used for locals and
visitors, but specially for locals. So, english doesn't seem to be a good
option. But: all the other pages in openguides are in english, including
Oslo's; and the software doesn't seem to suppor multi-language.
I don't see why you couldn't install a Spanish OpenGuides site. You will need
to translate the templates. If you do this, please consider submitting the
translated templates to CPAN (suggested name space OpenGuides::ES).
There might be some other issues with character sets, Lingua::Stem and
Search::InvertedIndex, but I think that these would only be minor.
Having a multilingual site is a different ball game. I don't know if it's
I don't know how you would maintain the translated wiki text in parallel for
I'm not really convinced on using openguides as a
platform, since the only
features I see which gave me some advantage over other wiki engines are
categories and locales (which can be implemented with some hack), and they
aren't trated in a special way, it is the same if I put a link at the
bottom of the page
In many ways, the categories and locales are the whole point of OpenGuides.
Granted, they can be done as a "hack" on other wikis - this is the history
of the London OpenGuide, which started out as "Grubstreet" using the UseModWiki
The rest of metadata doesn't seem to be used
except to be shown in the same
page (the coordinates system can't be used, since i'm outside the uk).
We're working on that - coordinates. (/me needs to pull finger out).
Have you looked at the RDF syndication (format=RDF) option for each page?
This enables other websites to get hold of the metadata. See
for an example of this.
Another important fact is that it is too slow withour
mod_perl.. is there
any provision for running under it?
You say it is too slow. We have not had any recent complaints about responsiveness
on the existing sites. If you can give an example of this slowness, please let us know.
Granted high volume sites benefit hugely from mod_perl. But, how many hits per
second do you imagine getting?
In terms of running on mod_perl, possibly the underlying CGI::Wiki engine could
be ported to run on Apache::Session - I'm not an expert on this, perhaps others
on the list can answer this one.
I don't want to be a flamer, just those are
questions that arose when
starting this project (which I had in mind before knowing openguides), and
may be someone can help me....
Good questions all round. Welcome to OpenGuides.