[wp-hackers] [GSoC] Document Management

Benjamin J. Balter ben at balter.com
Wed Mar 30 21:12:36 UTC 2011

I'm preparing a GSoC application for a plugin that implements document
management and version control functionality.

The idea would be to help position WordPress to make some headway into
gov/enterprise where these features are often required. It would also help
approach parity with other open source CMS's as well as Sharepoint when it
comes to document management.


 - Extend WP's revisions and attachment functionality to handle revisions to
attachments, including a revision log (similar to commit messages) for
documents, grouping documents and their revisions into a custom post type

 - Build on permalink structure and post statuses to handle latest-document
and revision permalinks, and public/private toggling functionality.

 - Build onto the existing autosave system to maintain file locks to prevent

 - Add basic workflow management (overview of documents by status, etc.)
upon which other plugins and users could expand.

- Apply user permissions on a document-status level.

I've been working on a prototype that supports the beginnings of these
features, but it's very much a work in progress. Thoughts or feedback with
regards to the idea and scope would be appreciated.

Ben Balter

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