Collaboration on the LAN
HyperChris at aol.com
HyperChris at aol.com
Thu Jan 13 12:39:12 EST 2005
>I'm just beginning to think about this, and looking for any and all ideas.
I always like the idea of sending people email to notify them that something
needs their attention (they don't dare ignore my mail because I control
payroll!) Two thoughts come to mind after reading this part in your post ...
>So, goal would be to, during these two hours, when I give the high sign
>"Photos are in!" to allow various individual on the land to
> a) view the photos in the current order they are in.
> b) be able to see captions as they are in the current state
> c) edit, add to, or write from scratch captions freely, and update
So getting back to email ... I would use it to notify them that the item has
arrived and then perhaps follow one of these two approaches ...
1. Send an html email with the photos a part of it and then ask that they
reply with a caption. The email would have some sort of tag in it that would
allow you to place the reply to the appropriate photo. That is a similar approach
to a lot of the tech support systems that say "please include this seciton in
your reply" You would write a rev stack to check the email account
periodically and post these updates.
2. Send a text email that alerts them of a photo needing a caption with a
link to a form style web page where the photos are displayed and the person
adds a caption and clicks submit. You would write the rev cgi script/stack to
update your main data
Your thin client approach also sounds promising. If your main stack simply
holds the captions and photo URLs then the client can simply run up there and
get that relatively small amount of information and then display it. It could
also tag the record (card in your stack) to say it is in use OR when it goes to
post a change it could check to see if someone else had made a change in the
iterim and then give the user options to work it out. I usually use the latter
because I find that two people actually changing the same record in the same
session is so rare.
Keep us posted as lots of projects are similar to this.
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