On Fri, Oct 24, 2003 at 12:01:05AM +0100, Kate L Pugh wrote:
On Wed 22 Oct 2003, David Cantrell
Such a project would require that the main
Openguides project can supply
data, with a nice stable structure.
This won't be a problem. All the data is
in a database on which I've
done some pretty screwy queries and always been able to get out what I
wanted. Yes, I am a SQL-loving freak, but I'm an SQL-loving freak that
will make your database extracts for you.
I was mostly concerned with the database structure being stable so that
we^Wyou don't have to rewrite screwy queries every week. And of course
I don't want to be relying on a particular field existing only to find
that it disappears or gets renamed or sumfink.
requires that Openguides people decide what functionality is
important for such a tool and what isn't.
"Show me things of type [foo]
near where I am" is a must. There's no
point in having it portable otherwise.
Which gets us to the postcode problem again. "I'm in WC1 what else is?"
would work, especially if we can hardcode each postal area's neighbours
Things we can do without include full-text searching,
pages, editing pages, showing pictures.
Oh yes, pictures are hard, listing wanted pages is pointless if you
can't edit and I don't propose writing a conduit to submit handheld
edits back to the site, and full-text searching, while possible, is not,
I imagine, particularly useful.
So, we want to:
search by location and category - do we have enough data to use locales?
search by name (how fuzzy should this search be?)
show list of matching nodes
show content of a node
should we truncate long nodes? we'll lose funky formatting too.
Possible funky features from easiest to pain in the bum:
expose data to the built-in search facility
support memory cards
add this place to my address book
export node to memopad
beam this node as a memopad record
beam this app and the database
use a GPS
find this place in Citymaps
phone this place
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