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Current Issue (Issue 135)

Thought of the Week:- "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
PROPS:- http://props.sourceforge.net/ Open Source (259 KB). Linux with Apache, MySql and PHP.

PROPS is an open, extensible Internet publishing system designed specifically for periodicals such as newspapers and magazines who want to publish online, either exclusively or as an extension of their print publication. One can schedule the day of publishing after uploading and it will be published on the scheduled date. The features of the software are: -

Delivery of content to multiple target platforms (HTML, XML/XSL, WAP/WML, text, etc) .

Readers may format a story for printing, or email to a friend.

Pages are presented as static URLs so that 'spider' type search engines may crawl and index them.

Strict separation of design and content - designers control site look and feel by developing templates using standard site editing tools such as Dreamweaver, GoLive, BBEdit, etc., while editors manage site content via a web interface.

Permissions-based multiuser site management screens allow a PROPS site to be maintained by a distributed team of reporters and editors.

Will speak various XML dialects for both import and export, allowing syndication in both directions, and enabling PROPS sites to participate in distributed news networks.

Well-documented, robust API allowing third party developers to create 'plug-ins' to extend base functionality.

Advanced Keyword Search on Archive. Archive can be made paid.

Editor's access to a 'web desk' screen listing new stories from external feeds, and stories that have been assigned to them by another editor.

Stories may be scheduled to publish on a future date.


Site of the Week:- http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/platts/

This is a dictionary of Urdu, Classical Hindi and English, where one can search any term of Hindi and Urdu and can get the meaning as well as definition of that word. This project is associated with Digital South Asia Library (I have covered this in my previous issue). Also one can go to http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/index.html, where various Dictionaries for South Asian Languages are listed.

That's all for this week. See you next week.

Madhuresh Singhal