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Re: [Koha-devel] Status of head (some infos)

From: Joshua M. Ferraro
Subject: Re: [Koha-devel] Status of head (some infos)
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 06:34:47 -0500 (CDT)

----- "Paul POULAIN" <address@hidden> wrote:
> I've installed, as previously said, what will be Koha 3.0 in 2 
> libraries. Here is a summary of some missing things that have to be
> done :
> Installer
> ==========
> i've installed from CVS. the 2.2 installer has to be rewritten almost
> completly, as :
> 1- the librarian part of the install is now done through the
> webinstaller
> 2- the config file has heavily changed (.conf => .xml)
> Does anyone plan to work on that in the next 2 months ?
I think MJ has talked about re-doing this, but I'm not sure about
the timeline ... MJ?

> MARC editor
> ============
> The actual MARC editor has some limits :
> - the code is ugly (i've written most of it, I assume the ugliness ;-)
> )
> - the templates are heavy & hard to maintain
> - the indicators are poorly written
> - duplicating a field requires a form submission, thus it's slow
> So, i've asket toins to rewrite the editor. There won't be new major 
> features, it's just a "code cleaning" and "very complex bug fixing".
Hmmm ... will he be doing only UNIMARC? or MARC21 also?

> Fines and Overdues
> ===================
> SAN-OP has commited some interesting features about fines and
> overdues. 
> Except they work only if you have fines on overdues. Which is not the
> cas of every libraries. we will fix this problem asap (1 of our 2 koha
> 3.0 libraries don't have fines, but they want to be able to know which
> borrowers have overdues)
> I'll also have to describe a little bit what SAN-OP features does...
This sounds great!

> Letters
> ========
> The new letters system is not yet used everywhere : suggestion accept
> or reject for example, still have to be completed
Sounds great also.

> Database commit
> ================
> A fresh install from the CVS won't work at all, i'm almost sure.
> I'll commit a uptodate koha.sql and updated UNIMARC frameworks asap. 
> I'll let libLime or anyone else work on MARC21.
Something for this Koha Project day I think ... 

Some additional things:

Re-write Members Entry
SAN-OP re-wrote member entry and it doesn't conform to our coding
guidelines, we need to fix it.

Spruce up Templates
The prog templates aren't really suitable for a release. I'm wondering
if we could maybe do a contest or something for a new design?

Extensive User Testing
We need volunteers to test all functionality and document those
functional tests.

We need documentation of all the new features (and translations of the
ones paul has already done).

Well that's all I can think of at midnight on a Saturday :-)


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