[opencms-dev] opencms modules website / modules on www.opencms.org

Alexander Kandzior alex at opencms.org
Thu Jun 26 12:01:06 CEST 2003

About module contributions on www.opencms.org:

If a module is contributed to on www.opencms.org we at Alkacon perform
only a minimal check if it is usable at all and contains at last a
minimal documentation. 

What we can not do because of time contraints is collect modules that
"float" around e.g. on the list. This has to be done by the contributor
of the module, even though it might require that extra 15 minutes. 

We are happy to publish pre-eliminary versions on www.opencms.org if the
docs and description of the module clearly state that this version is
"in development".  

Thinking about it, what I could do is create a "Module Sandbox" on the
www.opencms.org website where "pre-eliminary" modules are hosted. Would
this be of any help? 

Even though the format / wording on the site implies that the downloads
on www.opencms.org must be in OpenCms module form, we would also publish
other stuff here, e.g. PDFs or ZIPs not in module form.

It is important that a contributed module clearly states who has
developed it. This of course can be a company or a person or both. Main
reason here is questions about the module can be send to the right

Btw. there are a couple of modules already contributed, mostly
translations of OpenCms to other languages. 

Best Regards,

Alexander Kandzior
Alkacon Software - The OpenCms Experts

> -----Original Message-----
> From: opencms-dev-admin at opencms.org 
> [mailto:opencms-dev-admin at opencms.org] On Behalf Of Alexander Langer
> Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2003 11:00 AM
> To: Paul D. Bain
> Subject: Re[3]: [opencms-dev] opencms modules website
> The other question is whether every module submitted to 
> Alkacon is made public or whether they test it for a while, 
> play around with it, ....
> That's a question maybe the authors of the weather and news 
> modules could answer once they uploaded their work to alkacon.
> By now, as you can see, there is no 3rd party module 
> available. I'll add a link to their upload facility on my site.
> > At Wednesday 6/25/03 10:42 PM, Alexander Langer wrote:
> >>Sure, but the last time you checked was quite some time ago, eh? ;)
> >>
> >>Once these modules are part of the official distribution, I 
> agree with 
> >>you, but that's just not the case right now and the 
> documentation is 
> >>still missing some parts that are asked for here over and 
> over again, 
> >>and I still hope [that] sometime someone [will be] able to provide 
> >>some further [writing] which I would offer [as a] download 
> as long as 
> >>the official documentation does not provide these information.
> > Alex,
> >          I found this paragraph on the web site:
> > <Beginning_of_paragraph>
> > Extend the documentation and write "how-to"s
> > Since the main OpenCms documentation is now HTML-based and 
> managed as
> > OpenCms modules, it's easy to extend it. Perhaps you've 
> faced challenges in 
> > setting up or customizing OpenCms in special environments 
> or according to 
> > special requirements. If so, we suggest [that you] write a 
> How-To module 
> > about this topic and make it available on the Modules 
> download section 
> > using the ["Add-a-module"] download form.
> > <End_of_paragraph>
> > See http://www.opencms.org/opencms/en/development/contribute.html 
> > (half-way
> > down the page).
> >          Because documentation can be written as a module, 
> it can be 
> > made
> > available as a module using the URL I mentioned in my last 
> message. I do 
> > not know, however, whether writing a documentation module 
> is easy -- it 
> > could be hard.
> >> > Alexander Langer wrote:
> >> >> I just collected some modules that have been 
> circulating in this 
> >> >> list for quite a while (news modules, weather module) 
> and put the 
> >> >> files online. I'm looking forward to extend this service.
> >>
> >> > Last time I checked,. the openCMS site has an area for 
> this sort of 
> >> > thing.  We should use it for these modules, since that is where 
> >> > people should be looking first.
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