[geeklog-devel] About the "internal" and Webservices APIs

Oliver Spiesshofer oliver at spiesshofer.com
Sat Aug 11 11:26:23 EDT 2007

Naaaa..... I think much more basic.

check out my site. http://tokyoahead.com

all my articles look the same:

this is the header:

<tr><td>[image1]</td><td>text text text</td></tr>

this is the content:

<table style="text-align:center">
<tr><td colspan="3">text text text</td></tr>
[ repeats ]

since they are always the same, I do not want to type that in everytime. 
I could store that in a textfile on my computer, or go to an older story 
and copy it into a new story.
But since I always move the images around after uploading, it becomes a 
headache. I want to have that text prefilled in new stories with space 
for 30 images.

And for my company, we have stories to announce news and some to 
introduce new employees. they have a specific layout that people do not 
want to recreate each time, and searching it among the old stories and 
then cop-pasting it is a nuisance.

So imagine this:

when you open you stories-admin-page you do not only see one list of 
stories, but two. One with templates and one with the actually published 
stories. When you open one of the templates, it will open the 
story-editor with all the fields prefilled: header, content, archive 
settings, user rights. you just have to write the text and do not care 
about the layout since it is already there.

Now when the Webservices API comes and gets content from the outside, it 
does not know what kind of permissions to use and what archive settings 
to have (currently). With templates, you could assign one of the 
templates as the default webservices template. This would automatically 
use one of the access-rights etc settings and fill the text into the 
header and content by a certain rule such as [header: text text] and 
[content: text text] or such.

this would solve the issue that Dirk mentioned: the webservice does not 
provide info about permissions etc. They have found a solution as it 
seems but I think the templates can do the same to a certain extent at 
least and also fulfill other requirements.


Joe Mucchiello wrote:
> At 10:52 AM 8/11/2007, Oliver Spiesshofer wrote:
>> that sounds nice but I guess there is no programming skill around 
>> here to do that magic. I was more thinking about a template that is 
>> loaded first and you fill in the text into the placeholders.
> So are you saying you want to modify stories (and whatever else) so 
> that instead of submitting "intro" and "bodytext" as giant blobs, the 
> user is given a list of fields to enter responses into and the story 
> is generated like a Mad Lib[1] only hopefully more seriously? Is that 
> what templates would do? If so, you want my dynamic forms plugin which 
> I'm now not working on in favor of the calendar bounty. But I expect 
> to finish dynamic forms early next year.
>   Joe
> [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Libs

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