[sword-devel] Calling HTML Designers

Greg Hellings greg.hellings at gmail.com
Tue Sep 25 10:36:32 MST 2012


My sense of UI design is almost as good as yours, but I have a good
amount of experience actually engineering the implementation of
designs. If you need any help with HTML, CSS, or JavaScript I have
been beating those into submission for a while now.

Best of luck finding a good designer!


On Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM, Troy A. Griffitts
<scribe at crosswire.org> wrote:
> Dear CrossWire Volunteer,
> Many of you know that I've been working full time at Kurt Aland's institute
> in Münster for the past 16 months and we've been developing the CrossWire
> Community tools into something which can be used at the Institute here for
> digital manuscript studies.
> The major components of the environment are complete now, and we've been
> using the system inhouse for:
> Manuscript Cataloguing
> Digitizing
> Indexing Biblical Content
> Transcribing, and
> Collating multiple witnesses to the same content to show differences.
> The general idea is to have a community workspace where scholars in this
> field can meet and work together online.  We've tried to join our
> specialized components with an existing community collaboration framework to
> achieve this.
> I'd like to explain the architecture later in this email, but what I'd
> really like to solicit now is help with frontend design. Everyone around
> here knows that I am a horrible UI designer and worse using HTML.  If this
> project sounds exciting to you, and you have a professional level of design
> expertise, AND you are willing to contribute some time to dream up and
> submit a mockup HTML user interface for the existing functionality, then we
> would absolutely LOVE, and be ecstatically overjoyed to have your
> contribution. Modestly, I think the functionality is pretty cool, but the UI
> is ugly and not intuitive.  Functionality means very little if no end user
> can figure out how to use it!  Please help! :)
> We are quickly approaching public announcement of these tools and it would
> be a wonderful thing to give the site a facelift before sounding the call.
> The entry to the site can be found here: http://ntvmr.uni-muenster.de
> Please feel free to use the site and even create an account to play with
> more features that aren't available unless you log in.  With an account, you
> will be able to create you own personal pages and arrange our components on
> your pages how you'd like, and even play with CSS to try to make them look
> nicer.  If you'd like to completely redesign the HTML, please don't worry
> about it communicating without backend services-- I will be happy to get
> that working.  If you'd like to grab the source for any of this, it is at:
> http://crosswire.org/svn/community/trunk/
> The details below are not mandatory to know for the UI design.  I can work
> the design into the infrastructure, but if you have experience developing in
> this technology stack, that would be an awesome bonus!
> So, basic 4-tier architecture:
> Standard relational SQL data store -> Java business objects -> Web API ->
> HTML UI (as OpenSocial Gadgets living inside a CMIS, Liferay)
> The Data store and Java objects are internal use only, but starting at the
> Web API, we hope to encourage external sites to use our system, and our own
> UI components almost exclusively access our system through this API. You can
> browse the functionality here:
> http://ntvmr.uni-muenster.de/community/vmr/api/
> For example, to search for any manuscript page which contains John.3.16:
> http://ntvmr.uni-muenster.de/community/vmr/api/metadata/liste/search/?biblicalContent=John.3.16&detail=page
> How we use this API in our site is shown here (result of same search for all
> pages with John.3.16):
> http://ntvmr.uni-muenster.de/manuscript-workspace?key=John.3.16&searchType=pages
> Or a variant graph of John.3.16:
> http://ntvmr.uni-muenster.de/web/test/collation?key=John.3.16&collate=graph
> (you can drag that graph around and mouse-wheel zoom in and out)
> Our goal at the INTF is to make our research as widely available as
> possible, so I am looking forward us making these tools available from our
> software at CrossWire, and I also feel that supporting the work here, to
> digitize more of the evidence for the transmission history of the New
> Testament, is an important goal.
> Please prayerfully consider whether you might be called by our Lord to help
> in this effort.  Thank you for considering,
> Troy
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