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Re:[Koha-devel] koha head and prog templates


From: Joshua Ferraro
Subject: Re:[Koha-devel] koha head and prog templates
Date: Fri Oct 28 07:39:50 2005
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Hi all,

Paul, Owen some Katipo folks and I discussed PROG templates on IRC 
earlier this week. The problem is that for a programmer, it's nice 
to have a more full-featured template to work with when programming, 
but for a template maintainer it's difficult to keep up with changes 
using an already complex template. 

I think Paul's third suggestion, to improve the useability of the PROG
template is the best direction for 3.0. So ... what we need to
discuss is what should be included in the PROG to make them easier for
a programmer to use while still keeping their function as a template
designer framework. Paul has proposed the following:

> Every template system could be described by the following elements :
> - a header, on top of the page.
> - a menu, on top of the page too or on the left.
> - a navigator bar, saying what we did before (Koha >> cataloguing >> 
> serials >> add subscription for example), with link to go "up".
> - the main part of the page (the content)
> - the footer.
> 

This works for me ... if there are no objections from our template
maintainers than I'd say let's work on getting these elements into
the PROG templates.

Cheers,

--
Joshua Ferraro               VENDOR SERVICES FOR OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE
President, Technology       migration, training, maintenance, support
LibLime                                Featuring Koha Open-Source ILS
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> I've just donwloaded the PROG templates owen made, and have some comments.
> 
> They are not nice. But that's not a problem. they are not supposed to be 
> nice ;-)
> The main problem, according to me is that they are poor in useability.
> 
> So, what to do ?
> we can :
> - Continue with prog, but I would not be happy at all with this solution
> - Drop them and go on with default. I would not really be happy with 
> this solution either, as I agree that Koha 3.0 would not be nicer than 
> 2.2 if we don't change the templates !
> - Try to improve useability of PROG ? that's probably a way to follow. 
> in my idea, the PROG templates should give a framework for template 
> designers AND, through a stylesheet, be the default templates.
> 
> My opinion is based on the number of templates the librarian interface 
> has (more than 100). I think it would be better to have strong, nice, 
> stable and maintained templates for librarian interface, plus a 
> framework for libraries that want specific ones.
> 
> I've seen some specific templates made by katipo, that are really nice. 
> maybe liblime has some too. We should choose one and go with it, I think.
> 
> my suggestion :
> Every template system could be described by the following elements :
> - a header, on top of the page.
> - a menu, on top of the page too or on the left.
> - a navigator bar, saying what we did before (Koha >> cataloguing >> 
> serials >> add subscription for example), with link to go "up".
> - the main part of the page (the content)
> - the footer.
> 
> If we divide the PROG templates in those 5 parts i think we would have 
> something useable AND easy to make evolve.
> 
> However, i'll follow RM decision ;-)
> 
> (if you think this mail contains things unordered ideas, questions, 
> thoughts... I fully agree ;-) )
> -- 
> Paul POULAIN
> Consultant ind├ępendant en logiciels libres
> responsable francophone de koha (SIGB libre http://www.koha-fr.org)
> 
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