On Sat, Aug 07, 2004 at 08:39:39PM +0100, Kake L Pugh wrote:
From the start I've wanted different Open Guides
to be able to talk to
each other - the ordinary Oxford Guide and the vegan one, and the
London and Oxford ones for example (say you search for something in
the Oxford guide and it isn't there, London may be close enough).
Another thing I've thought of recently: it would be nice to have a
UK-wide openguides that serves as a place to put content for places that
don't have their own city guide. This could be made powerful by a few
technical measures, such as being able to automatically transfer content
(ie export) to another guide and set up redirects, so that, for example,
if I make some nodes near Cambridge and then at some future point
someone goes to set up a Cambridge Open Guide he can talk to the UK-wide
guide and ask for an export of all the nodes within a certain radius,
and set up redirects to the Cambridge guide. This could of course be
hierachical to the extent that there is a global Open Guide. Describing
all this in code seems quite complicated and subtle, and there are
probably other interesting things along the same line that could be done
with a nice interwiki API <insert buzzwords of choice here>.
This is just wild speculation at the moment, and it's probably beyond my
abilities as a programmer to implement, but I thought it was worth a
mention as a point in this discussion.