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Coriolis Web Authoring System

In physics, the Coriolis effect is an apparent deflection of moving objects when they are viewed from a rotating reference frame. The effect can be viewed as a metaphor for how, when a company’s or individual’s requirements shift, the many ways that entity communicates must also adjust subtly and quickly.

The Coriolis Project is a small Web Authoring System written by John Jacobsen at NPX Designs to allow for nimble and expressive Web-based communications by fulfilling the following objectives:

  • 'Static’ pages and blogs intermingled. Every page can become a blog, simply by adding entries.
  • Change page content or add blog post directly from each page (when logged in)
  • Nested, hierarchical navigation structure, mixing traditional 'breadcrumb’ and menu formats.
  • Readable and sensible URLs (e.g. /projects/coriolis/)
  • Support for multiple domains
  • Clean, easily-styled HTML.
  • User-editable and user-uploadable content; per-site permissions for users.
  • Support for simple image galleries, with scripts for remote uploading.
  • Markup-based text editing (rather than HTML or complicated WYSYWIG Javascript).
  • Show recently changed content on Home page
  • RSS feed for site
  • Clean, simple human-readable URLs

Coriolis will be useful for people who want to make simple and effective sites combining blogs and static pages. Since it is “styling-neutral” (easily styled using CSS), it is optimal for cases where a designer is available initially to assist with the styling and layout, but where others will wish to add or edit content at later times.

Coriolis is written in Python using the Django Web Development Framework. It is currently in progress, with a possible open source release at some point in the future after further testing and development.

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