|Copyright© 01-28-2005 Leonardo Corradi Coelho|
About This Project
Why it is named Alternative?
Because of the script origins at the Alternative Modeling Website, owned by the administrator of this project.
This software development project aims to provide an universally available website glossary tool.
Why not to do this with pure html and links?
It is possible to pass parameters between known named windows, providing non anbiguous control of the child window objects, like iframes, status bar and other components by the parent window. It is specially usefull in the event of more child windows runing at the same time. The control of parent window by the child window is also possible.
It is possible to implement templates and skin functionality by using config files, without the need to have server side scripts access.
Why to release it as Open Source?
The software released by this project is provided as is, without any warranty and support, under a W3C type license that permits anyone to use, copy and modify the contained package files with any purpose.
Who started this project?
This project was started by a brazilian man named Leonardo Corradi Coelho who owns an educative and free hobby and artistic website: The Alternative Modeling website.
Who develops this script?
What may this glossary do?
This glossary is intended to provide a way the website user will look for help on understand the website's text. If you, webmaster, owns a technical or very specific website content that is carried of jargon and technical words, you will be able to explain the concepts behind these words or phrases on the user demand (Think in an on-demmand foot note engine). It can be very usefull to teaching websites, to public technical reports or to help improve your costumers satisfaction and bust your website salles. The great feature of the world wide web is to provide information. This type of tool can help in this task.
And finally, why to use a glossary tool in the place of providing cross-reference links or redundant text?
The question answers itself, but I will show to you some more about this topic.
The major objective of this app is to keep your text clean and direct in the same time it will be cross-referenced and your website layout and flow will continue organized.
The major structural and organizational difference between a book and a website (not physical differences) is the linearity of the content access. Generally a book is intended to be linearly read. You will only be presented to a new concept after being presented to another basin one. Unless the book is a papers compilation or other specific book type this will be true. If you start to read an hipotetical book from its middle, you will probably not understand its text because you don't view the basic concepts behind it. If you knows very well the subject and most of its concepts you're luky, but if you are a newcomer... :( In the other hand, a website is generally acessible from most locations. Each of these locations has a specific interest on linking to your website and may link directly to one of your website's sections, without start from where you planned. This contributes to the non-linear website content access. See a search engine... It links to every page on your website, and you want it to just do it. The researcher will find one of yours website sections based on his search keywords and not on your planned flow. The web provides and incentive the "wrong access form". This is not wrong access way, but it imposes webmasters and ordinary blog / homepage owners to cross reference the information, to use foot notes, to use redundant text (every time a concept is important, you need to explaint it again) or to just make a bad quality text that leaks information. If you use the cross referencing option and provide the links, each website content modification will be a nightmare. If you use redundant text, your text will get boring and dense to anyone who knows the subject or to anyone who just read the concept explanation in the previous page. The foot note approach is the better of these three, but you will fall in a great webdesign trap. How to provide the foot notes without compromise your layout.
|Test the glossary|