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Re: [BioRDF] Telcon Minutes

From: John Madden <john.madden@duke.edu>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 21:43:34 -0500
Message-Id: <758F2F6A-D37A-44E7-AE9A-BE9CB041F5D1@duke.edu>
Cc: "'public-semweb-lifesci'" <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
To: Eric Miller <em@w3.org>
Hi Eric,
>
> I'd like to suggest this group not use the phrase 'working group'.  
> W3C has a formal process [1] around this name and its bound to get  
> confusing.
>
> I propose something along the lines...
>
> HCLS Ontology Task Force


Done. I've converted the page url's and I think I've cleaned up most  
of the text.


>
>> To help with
>> functionality and friendliness I'd like to incorporate some Macros  
>> from the
>> moinmoin MacroMarket into our pages.
>
> Can you elaborate on the problem? I suspect others might be facing  
> this as well which is why I ask.


I think most of our folks just feel a little hesitant about clicking  
that "Edit (text)" link, for whatever reason. I can think of three:

(1) in my limited experience, collaborative document development is  
an unpredictable process, and is quite unlike solitary composition or  
successive drafts. People may be worried that their efforts will be  
wasted or lost. (Not likely given the wiki's versioning facility.)

(2) Conversely, people may be reluctant to revise (and possibly  
erase) other people's work. (Ditto parenthetical comment above.  
Furthermore, that's what collaborative editing is all about!)

(3) Wiki syntax takes a little practice to get used to.  Most people  
(and I plead guilty) are habituated to using a word processor like  
MSWord; it gets you used to being responsible for your own formatting  
-- a bad thing.

Proper wiki syntax is more like html or TeX, where markup is mainly  
structural, and the system applies the formatting. That's a better  
way, but it's not what most folks know best.



> Which macro's are you thinking of specifically?

I thought I might try using

     * HelpTitle to put some little popup help tags around the page
     * PageComment to make it less forbiddding to add comments --  
(with this one you use an "add comment" box instead of doing a text  
edit)


John




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