[wp-hackers] [GSoC] Document Management

Mike Schinkel mikeschinkel at newclarity.net
Thu Mar 31 01:42:19 UTC 2011

Hi Ben,

This sounds like very valuable addition albeit I think the scope is 10x the size that can reasonable get done by a GSoC developer.

I could see breaking each one of your points down into a project by itself and I especially like the idea of a workflow management system.

I'd also like to know is what experience have you had that have give you insight into real world use-cases? I think for this to be done well it would need to address many different real-world use-cases from real like users which might not be possible in the abstract vacuum of a GSoC project?

And where is your blog post as a proposal as I'd like to read more?


On Mar 30, 2011, at 5:12 PM, Benjamin J. Balter wrote:

> 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.
> Specifically:
> - 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
> object.
> - 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
> collisions.
> - 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.
> Thanks,
> Ben Balter
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