Subject: intro + idea for a web enabled Abi
From: Philippe Jadin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jan 24 2002 - 02:26:34 CST
Let me quickly introduce myself : I discovered abiword a few months ago,
and found that a so small and well designed app like this had a lot of
solid features (compared to the 150 mb of
msword/openoffice/staroffice...), making it a tool of choice -imho- for
web based work.
In my spare time, I create websites and dynamic tools for letting users
update their websites easily. For this purpose, I use Zope (zope.org).
What is currently lacking in most opensource (even closed one) web
content management systems, is a good wysiwyg text editor. I don't
really believe in crappy java applets. I believe in abiword :)
So what would be nice to have in abiword, is some way to link it to a
web site server. Zope has http, ftp, xml-rpc, webdav, etc... But it
could be quite cool to have a more generic system that could work like
1. the user authenticate himself on his site, clicks on an "edit this
page" link onto his site, he then gets an html text edit area. he can
type there some content using the stupid text area.
2. Here comes the cool part : under the text area, there is a link that
says "Edit this box with AbiWord"
3. The users clicks, and with some magic, AbiWord is launched, with the
current text in it (probably in either html or xml). Would it be
possible to define some custom "link" like
abiword://mysite.com/myfolder/mypage that would lauch abiword for this
pseudo "protocol" ?
4. When the user has finished editing, he clicks on "save", and the file
is sent back to te server using http post.
This way, we could replace any text area very easily. It would work with
any server, and we could use AbiWord to edit content with any dynamic
Does this make sense?
I hope I posted to the right list and I didn't bother, altough I have no
real idea how it could be implemented in Abi (maybe some import/export
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