I see via twitter Tom has started up work again on the csl editor?
I think it’s evolving nicely.
Can we perhaps get an update from the Mendeley crew, and others, on
what we see as “must have” features
that need to be complete before ready for deployment, and also some
idea of how we might initially deploy it?
I’m also curious about the how the decision gets made that it’s ready
for a) wider testing, and b) deployment?
In terms of missing features, from my sense, in order of rough priority:
- positional (first/subsequent, ibid) support
- higher-level, at least the start of a wizard interface; initial
stab could just
involve some basic questions like:
… with choices, and then the complete style (maybe just the "default"
pane?) would be pre-populated
for modification. We could then evolve it based on feedback and
practical experience. I really think this part is important.
- persistence (via gitbhub?) and editing of existing styles
Does that seem right? Am I missing anything?
On deployment, if I’m satisfied with the progress, of course, I’d love
to see it deployed on the web at citationstyles.org.
We could put a “Mendeley” logo on it to reward the work, and include
links to other CSL projects that are 1.0 compliant and either:
a) open source, or …
b) commercial, but commit some resources to CSL-related
In other words, everyone that contributes to CSL gets benefit;
projects that don’t, don’t.
I’d also like to see if we can figure out how to get the github style
editing stuff working now, so that it can be the practical basis on
decisions with the WYWSIWG editor.
So I see a lot promise here. But I’m a little worried about how we
move forward from here, so that we avoid a situation of fragmented
effort, frustrated users (because their styles don’t do what they
need), and a vast expansion of CSL styles that don’t work very well,