020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

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020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:03 am

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Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5.

Description
Create a list of key core features available in Joomla!. List each
component, module, plugin and template that comes with Joomla!. Provide a
brief description of each.

Documentation written for this task must be made available under the
Joomla! Electronic Documentation License.

Skills Needed
Ability to install XAMPP, download and install Joomla! on a localhost using
default data. Ability to review software and identify features. Good Open
Office Writer and communication skills.

Difficulty
Basic.

Work Product
Attractive, correctly written white paper. Use logo and color scheme.

Extra Credit (optional)
Add pictures of each component, module and extension and basic instructions
for use.

Time Limit
4 weeks.


Hi,

My name is James Ramsay. I am 16 years old and live in Australia. This is the third task I have undertaken under the Google Highly Open Participation contest. I am looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into it :)

I was planning on beginning by just working roughly with text using Google Docs so that who ever is supervising can watch it in real time rather than me posting lots of updates.

Cheers,
James
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Re: 20 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:19 am

Hi,

As I mentioned above, I am working on Google Docs cause that way people can see what I am doing  :)

VIEW: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dc8nb5dx_34hftkr4gw
EDIT: ... if you want to be able to edit or leave changes indicate so below and I can add you in...

I hope everyone had a very happy new years day. It is drawing to a close in Aus but for some it may still just be beginning. I hope the upcoming year is very enjoyable and productive  :D

Cheers,
James

P.S. Amy, I have already added you as a collaborator, so if you want to view/edit. Just go to http://docs.google.com then login and ther should a file waiting for you on the next screen!

P.S.S. Sorry about the relative emptyness of the document but I will get on with it tomorrow (waking hourse for me will probably begin 5 PM US Pacific which is about 10 AM Australian Eastern Standard Time)  ;D
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Re: 20 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:13 am

Hi,

Was looking around the Joomla! Help site thinking that it may help me with brief outlines of what this and that do because my knowledge is limited with certain components and modules. However, when I search, for example "banner", I get a number of results but all the Joomla! 1.5 articles display the following message...

Code: Select all

You are not authorised to view this resource.
You need to login.

Is it at all possible to gain access to these help articles?

Many thanks,
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Postby AmyStephen » Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:19 am

James -

We will try to get someone who can help you with that question, as soon as possible.

Thanks!
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Re: 20 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:51 am

Hi Amy,

Thanks for that. I have started an ODT file and below is a link to it. As my hosting has heaps of space (500 GB :D) I will keep old versions.

DIRECT LINK: http://bhsnerds.net/ftp/Joomla!%20Core%20Features%20V0.1.pdf
FOLDER: http://bhsnerds.net/ftp/

Hope you like the design. It is based on the Joomla Brand Manual.

Also, below is a list of all the Components, Plugins, Modules and Templates in a default insallation. Which ones should I include? Some of them are core backend, such as Control Panel. Should I try to write something on everything everything?
Components
    Banner
    Newsfeeds
    Polls
    Weblinks

Core
    Content Page
    Cache Manager
    Configuration Manager
    Contact Items
    Control Panel
    Installation Manager
    Language Manager
    MailTo
    Mass Mail
    Media Manager
    Menus Manager
    Messaging
    Module Manager
    Plugin Manager
    Search
    Template Manager
    User
    User Manager
    Wrapper

Modules
Site
    Most Read
    News Flash
    Poll
    Random Image
    Related Items
    Search
    Statistics
    Who's Online
    Wrapper
    Latest

Admin
    Logged
    Menu
    Popular
    Statistics
    Status
    Submenu
    Title

Core Site
    Archive
    Banners
    Breadcrumbs
    Feed
    Footer
    Latest News
    Login
    Mainmenu
    Sections
    Syndicate

Core Admin
    Custom
    Footer
    Login
    Online
    Quick Icon
    Toolbar
    Unread

Plugins
Authentication
    Authentication - GMail
    Authentication - OpenID
    Authentication - Joomla [Core]
    Authentication - LDAP [Core]

Content
    Content - Code Highlighter (GeSHi)
    Content - Email Cloaking
    Content - Load Modules
    Content - Page Navigation [Core]
    Content - Page Break [Core]
    Content - Vote [Core]

Editors
    Editors - None [Core]
    Editors - TinyMCE 2.1 [Core]
    Editors - XStandard Lite for Joomla! [Core]

Editors-XTD
    Button - Image
    Button - Pagebreak
    Button - Readmore

Search
    Search - Categories
    Search - Newsfeeds
    Search - Sections
    Search - Contacts [Core]
    Search - Content [Core]
    Search - Weblinks [Core]

System
    System- Debug
    System - SEF
    System - Backlinks [Core]
    System - Cache [Core]
    System - Legacy [Core]
    System - Log [Core]
    System - Remember Me [Core]

User
    User - Joomla!

XMLRPC
    XML-RPC - Blogger API
    XML-RPC - Joomla API

Templates
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Re: 20 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:08 am

Hi again,

Regarding the help access, I can access it via the help button from within the Joomla 1.5 installation on my local computer.

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Postby AmyStephen » Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:15 am

Um, yea, I sorta like the design.  :o WOW! lol! That is really cool!

Very much like where you are going with this.

Regarding scope, I would not do system types of extensions (i.e., core backend), but anything that might be used to enhance the site, I would address.

Some, you could certainly put on one slide - for example, Most Read, News Flash, Related Items and Latest News could be combined.

You are creating nice documentation and *excellent* presentation material.

Thank you!
Amy :)

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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby drmmr763 » Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:23 am

Great stuff James! I love where you are taking this. Very high end.
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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:28 am

Hi,

Thanks for the positive feedback! I am glad you like it :)

Amy-
Um, yea, I sorta like the design.

If you have any suggestions regarding design I would be happy to hear them. I am keen to make sure that the content is good as well as presentation.
Also, thanks for clarification regarding the scope.

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Postby AmyStephen » Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:38 am

I always forget the wink when I think it's so obvious I am kidding.

James - when I opened it, I was blown away. I think that is WONDERFUL! So, good, in fact, I was surprised you asked *if* it looked good!

It's not "good" - it's GREAT!

Thank you!
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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:42 am

Thanks! Your positive comments are really nice.
I sometimes have trouble with humour via text based communication, but I am learning :D

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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:55 am

Hi,

Just drawing attention to an updated version of the document, V 0.3.

DIRECT LINK: http://bhsnerds.net/ftp/Joomla!%20Core%20Features%20V0.3.pdf

Hope the writing style is what you are looking for. As usual, any suggestions/corrections, please let me know :)

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Postby AmyStephen » Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:02 am

I so like this.

Page 5 - Cahce - Cache

Periods and commas should be inside of the double quotes.

Page 13 - accuratly - accurately ; definitly - definitely

17 - inline fram in to - inline frame into

Excellent!
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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:08 pm

Hi,

Sorry for the slow reply. I have made significant furher progress with the document.

DIRECT LINK: http://bhsnerds.net/ftp/Joomla!%20Core%20Features%20V0.4.pdf

Sorry for the stupid spelling mistakes. I have had no success with OpenOffice's spell checking so I apolagise in advance for any others. I fixed the ones posted above. I will try to solve this very silly problem soon :D

Tomorrow I should get tempate pages done. If there are components/modules/plugins that are missing that you think should be there, feel free to point them out.

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Postby Chris Davenport » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:18 pm

J. Ramsay wrote:Was looking around the Joomla! Help site thinking that it may help me with brief outlines of what this and that do because my knowledge is limited with certain components and modules. However, when I search, for example "banner", I get a number of results but all the Joomla! 1.5 articles display the following message...

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You are not authorised to view this resource.
You need to login.

Is it at all possible to gain access to these help articles?

Fixed.  As it happens I don't think they'll help you much, but they're not secret!

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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:06 pm

Chris-

Thanks for that. Yes I see what you mean when you said you didn't think they'll help very much.

Hope documentation work is going well for 1.5!

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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:49 pm

Hi,

New version. It now contains what I think are all the essential components, modules, plugins and the two templates.

DIRECT LINK: http://bhsnerds.net/ftp/Joomla!%20Core%20Features%20V0.5.pdf

I have some more little pictures/screenshots of the modules to do.

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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1

Postby trombonechamp » Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:27 am

Wow!  I didn't know emails were cloaked!

Some of your images seem really low-res.  See if you can get them to a better resolution.

Also, under SEF URLs, you should probably use Firefox instead of IE, because it is open source as well.

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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Fri Jan 04, 2008 1:10 am

Hi!

Glad you learn't something new :D

Yes, I see what you saying with a few of the images. Tid hard to make them appear crisp as they are not vectors but I am working on it.
Will update the SEF URL's to be FireFox. I actually use IE (I know, its a crime :P) because I run 64-bit Vista and IE is the only browser compiled for x64.

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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1

Postby AmyStephen » Fri Jan 04, 2008 1:35 am

James - am loving it. It is totally a very good - so what can you do with Joomla!, piece. There are a few spelling / comma / grammar things - not much. But, I think you are already very close.

Good work.

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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Fri Jan 04, 2008 2:54 am

Hi,

I am glad you are liking it. In this new version, I have focused on updating images. I cannot really make certain images that crisp and maybe they are unnesecary and could be removed.

I will spend this afternoon hunting for spelling and grammar mistakes. If you can find any that would help as my editing skills are lacking :D

DIRECT LINK: http://bhsnerds.net/ftp/Joomla!%20Core%20Features%20V0.6.pdf

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Postby AmyStephen » Fri Jan 04, 2008 3:00 am

James -

There are very, very few. That's why I did not bother to report. You are close. I think when you say - you are ready for final review - we'll do a quick brush up - I need to see if I think there are features missing - then BOOM - you be done!  8)

So good!
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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:01 am

Hi,

I have made a few adjustments to the contruction of the ODT, but nothing visibly different.
I would like to submit it for final review, pending all desired features are included and spelling mistakes :P

LINK: http://bhsnerds.net/ftp/Joomla!%20Core%20Features%20V1.0.pdf

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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Sun Jan 06, 2008 2:41 am

Hi,

Slight changes. I have changed a few of the non-screen shot images. They are now constructed out of the icon set that the Joomla backend uses. (http://nuovext.pwsp.net/). Sorry if the images aren't as high quality as you would like but unforunatly I cannot find a SVG or similar version of those icons :(

I also added a back page which I had forgotten.

LINK: http://bhsnerds.net/ftp/Joomla!%20Core%20Features%20V1.1.pdf

As far as I can see, there are no more changes to be made. Hope that there is nothing missing :D

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Postby AmyStephen » Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:39 pm

Place all periods inside of double quotes.

James -

There are a couple of features:

  • Components - Contacts and Search;
  • Modules - Archived content; Breadcrumbs; Menu; Custom HTML; Footer; Login; Sections; Syndicate;
  • Plugins Authentication (Joomla!, LDAP, OpenID, Gmail); ...have to run (daughter's bday!) but look at the list of plugins compared to what is listed.

It is looking very good, just has a few missing gaps.

Thanks!
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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Mon Jan 07, 2008 1:17 am

Hi,

I have put all periods, and commas inside the double quotes.

I have added...
Components:
    Contacts
    Search
Modules:
    Archived Content
    Breadcrumbs
    Menu
    Custom HTML
    Footer
    Login
    Sections
    Syndicate
Plugins:
    Authentication (Joomla!, LDAP, OpenID, GMail)
    Cache
    Legacy
    Rating
    XML-RPC (Blogger API & Joomla! API)

Hope that covers everything :D

LINK: http://bhsnerds.net/ftp/Joomla!%20Core%20Features%20V1.2.pdf

Cheers,
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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:01 pm

Hi,

I don't mean to sound impatient or rude, but feedback or closing the task would be great.
I am really keen to get started on another task :D (Task 163 to be specific)

Cheers,
James
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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:37 am

Hi,

I have uploaded the PDF, ODT and ZIP (contains source images).

PDF: Joomla! Core Features V1.2.pdf (777 KB)
ODT: Joomla! Core Features.odt (2.4 MB)
ZIP: Joomla! Core Features - Images.zip (2.0 MB)

I will also upload to Google Code, as everything seems to be in order.

Cheers,
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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1

Postby AmyStephen » Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:38 am

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!  8)

Pleae upload to Google and I'll close this off.

James - thanks again and again for your contributions!  :-*

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Re: 020 - Create a document outlining core features available within Joomla! v 1.5

Postby J. Ramsay » Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:45 am

Hi,

Glad you are happy, currently uploading to Google Code.

Thanks for making contributing a fun and satisfying experience :D

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