okay, I just tested your j1.6 live-demo and I found a lot of bugs (tested both in IE7 and FF 3.0.14), some of them may derive from j1.6
Firtst of all: I really like your work and it is wonderful. I know very well from my own experience that this is very hard work. I will now sum up some bugs and ideas. If something seems to be rude - it wasn't ment to be. If things may sound hard it's just because I want to quickly sum up the facts!
And the bugs:
1) Article Manager
I don't understand why you have the "see revisions" link below each article. It is doble functionallity with the "Revisions" in the table head.
Anyway, I get a big error if I click the "see revisions" link of a LOCKED article:
Fatal error: Call to a member function redirect() on a non-object in /home/victorc/public_html/trunk/administrator/components/com_content/models/revisions.php on line 208
2) Manage Versions
You know what happens if you you tick more than 2 boxes ... well, have a look at wikipedia and how they do - this is the best way to avoid picking more than 2 articles (radio-button!), this alert is not professional...
3)http://rosedu.cs.pub.ro/~victorc/trunk/ ... icle_id=10
The "Show changes information" is not working or has no function. I could not see any change!
First of all I would rather prefer a light-colored highlighting instead of boxes. I find the idea of "changed", "deleted" and "added" is too confusing - but I think this is from GSoc 2008. Anyway, if I edit a paragraph an delete words or add new lines, then it is
deleting and adding. But it shows just up as "changed". I think this is a very confusing method because the distingtion between those three is very artificial. I propose to only use TWO colors (green & red) to highlight things changes. By the way I think the pop-up is a bad idea - what if images have been changed? This would overflow the window and make it very uncomfortable. So I recommend a view in the main window like this: You propose a preview in FULL width as from the original layout - only then you can see how images and text are being placed together (I have been layouting some years ago and regard this an important feature). It gets very confusing for some users if the images and text are shuffled and loose their order. This can only be avoided by a single-column preview in FULL original WIDTH. This is a very tricky point one still has to think about a lot - how to compare versions and preserve the real layout when displaying pieces of the page. The easiest way was to preview the whole page and just highlight the differences. Another option was to display only the changed lines (as it is now) or - another option - a combination of the two, so you display e.g. also 2 lines before and after a changed paragraph. The problem is: if there is a floating image at the right, this will have influence on the text. If you really want to display the real layout of a page, you need to display the image (that was not changed) as well as the text beside that had been chaged. You understand? tricky trick. If you make a full display like this you could maybe even use just one color to highlight the deleted lines from the older version.
Merge: TIME of the versions should be displayed in the iframe! Author is not enough information ... time is usually the most important fact (you need to know how old some information is you want to merge! maybe this is already outdated what you want to put in again!)
6) after merging the newly merged article is not the currently published one. Isn't this a mistake? Also the "merge" doesn't seem to have worked. If I edit the article or look at the latest (merged) revision, there is no merge in there, just a copy of the latest previous version.
7) I miss at least the "restore" function
Also the "delete" function would be very easy, wouldn't it?
I would have soooo many ideas more considering functionallity. Before I stumbled across your blog I thought you never took up your work and made a detailed plan about needed functionality
Good luck! Hope to hear from you, it would be really interesting when you want to go on with this great feature!!