106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

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106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby SharifOerton » Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:06 am

Greetings - this is my first task in this contest, and I hope to have it finished soon, however I have a question - which format should the final submission be in? PDF or HTML?

Thanks,
Sharif

Claimed: Dec 2 Due: Dec 16
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Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a simple
photo gallery or portfolio.
Description

For this task you will help beginning users move beyond the basics to take
advantage of the flexibility of Joomla!.

Users often wish to display photos, artwork or other images on their sites.
The Joomla! content component combined with the media manager can be used
to create a simple display of these works. An example of this can be seen
at http://shop.joomla.org/ .

Create a one to two page document that describes the steps for doing this
in Joomla! 1.5.
Skills Needed

    * Familiarity with Joomla!
    * Good writing skills
    * Good page layout skills

Difficulty

Basic
Work Product

A one page polished document that effectively explains the process to a
beginning user.
Licensing

Documentation written for this task must be made available under the
Joomla! Electronic Documentation License.
Extra Credit (optional)

Create a second document that explains how to use the caption, description
and rating features of Joomla! to enhance their galleries.
Time Limit

Two weeks



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[me=AmyStephen]Changed subject slightly for sorting all threads to match against Google resource  :)[/me]
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Re: 106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby fervidfrogger » Mon Dec 03, 2007 2:29 am

I think the main document format that should be used is .odt using OpenOffice, since it's the easiest to edit across multiple platforms.

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Re: 106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby SharifOerton » Mon Dec 03, 2007 2:32 am

Okay, gotcha, thanks.

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Re: 106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby SharifOerton » Mon Dec 03, 2007 3:36 am

Okay, first draft is complete - any suggestions for improvement before I submit it on the Google page?

Link

Thanks in advance.

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Re: 106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby AmyStephen » Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:15 am

Sharif -

Your document is entitled Creating an Image Gallery in Joomla! 1.5, but you are not using Joomla! v 1.5. Instead, you are using the older Joomla! v 1.0.x version. Please look at the Help button, above, and follow the links to the installation guide that Humvee put together. It will help you install the newest release. The guide must be about the Joomla! v 1.5 version.

Thanks!
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Re: 106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby SharifOerton » Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:19 am

Ah, right, okay, thank you. I thought that I had installed the latest version - evidently. not. I'll rewrite it now.

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Re: 106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby AmyStephen » Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:28 am

If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask!

Thanks,
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Re: 106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby SharifOerton » Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:51 am

Okay, I've updated it and uploaded it to the same location the old document was at ( http://sharif.oerton.net.au/misc/Joomla ... allery.odt ).

Again, please let me know if it can be improved, and sorry about my misunderstanding!

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Re: 106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby SharifOerton » Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:35 am

Anyone?

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Re: 106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby SharifOerton » Sun Dec 09, 2007 3:42 am

*Bump*

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Re: 106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby AmyStephen » Sun Dec 09, 2007 4:06 am

Sharif -

I think this needs work. If you look at the description, above, you see referenced the shop.joomla.org example as one where a gallery was created.

What might be very helpful is to find some freely available images that you can have others go download. Tell them to download these six pictures (or whatever) from this location. (You could even use the shop.joomla.org ones if you want to demonstrate how to build that gallery.)

Then, your document should show each step needed to create a good looking gallery. More step by step instructions with pictures, resulting in a final picture of a gallery.

Also, why not use the Image button to select images? Seems like that would be easier than copying and pasting URLs from the media manager. Or, maybe I am missing something.

A little more detail, I think, and remember how useful this will be, so be encouraged, not discouraged.

Thanks!
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Re: 106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby SharifOerton » Sun Dec 09, 2007 4:11 am

Okay Amy, I'll do some more work on it.

Thanks,
Sharif

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Re: 106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby SharifOerton » Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:09 am

How's this, Amy? I used the default images built in to Joomla! for the example gallery - is that what you wanted?

Here it is:

http://sharif.oerton.net.au/misc/Joomla ... allery.odt

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Re: 106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby AmyStephen » Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:17 pm

I made a few changes; here are my revisions. I got rid of the last big picture since it didn't add a lot. And, with it gone, this is a nice, compact 1-pager (which is helpful) Please review, make changes desired and go ahead and post at Google Code when you are done. Also, post here, too, so that we know you are ready for a last review and we will try to conclude this task ASAP.

Thanks!
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Re: 106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby SharifOerton » Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:32 pm

Thank you Amy - I now see the "tone" the task wanted. I've posted it to the Google Code site - the only change I made was to reposition the last image so that it did not obscure the footer.

Thanks a lot for your assistance.

Sharif

Final Document on Google[me=AmyStephen]Added Google Link[/me]
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Re: 106 - Write a document explaining how to use core Joomla! functions for a si

Postby AmyStephen » Wed Dec 12, 2007 6:41 am

Sharif -

Thanks for your contributions! This will be very helpful to a number of people as they share their pictures with others. It turned out nicely - easy one page set of instructions that are not at all intimidating.

Appreciate your work, on behalf of the Joomla! community.

This task is complete.
Amy :)


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