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04-15-2003, 08:45 PM
Hi guys,

I have a rather odd question for you all today.

I have to build an updateable news section on a site I am working on soon. My question is what kind of options do you give the user.

I mean do you give them the ability to change text colour. Align text in different ways etc etc.
Also do you restrict them in the amount of text they can write, because if they write more than what will fit in the cell, how do you get the cell to make itself big enough.

Just some general advice about CMS's if you could. I have done a fair bit with php but never made a CMS type feature.



04-15-2003, 10:59 PM
what's CMS?

04-15-2003, 11:23 PM
CMS = Client Management System


04-15-2003, 11:48 PM
ah... *the penny drops*...

from my extremely limited experiance... the less options you give the user to confuse themselves with... the less confused they will get. some poeple are perfectly able to type in a textarea without getting the irresistable urge to press things... others arnt... its just a person thang :)

but ive just noticed that actually my post does not help you much at all... never mind, maybe you'll find it useful... :|

04-16-2003, 12:06 AM
Originally posted by wap3
CMS = Client Management System


ummmm......CMS typically stands for Content Management System.

04-16-2003, 10:58 AM
I've built a fair few of these, and the one thing I always find is that no matter how carefully you control the formatting options, validate the input, structure the template/s and/or veto your users, they will ALWAYS screw the damn thing crossways.

The best advice I can give is to talk to them in as much depth as possible about what features they want, control they need and results they expect. It's worth knocking up a static version (ie; "this is the form you'll be entering data into; this is what it might look like when it comes out"), just so you can avoid questions at the end like:

"I thought I was going to be able to change that."

"I thought 'delete' meant 'put in a safe, magical place that I can get to later'."

"Where do I attach my Word document?"


04-16-2003, 01:28 PM
ummmm......CMS typically stands for Content Management System.

there is always one who has to be smart ;) j/k

yes your right. I thought it didn't sound right when i wrote it, but I couldn't think why.

I guess your right redhead the less options the better in a way.

Spudhead when you did this type of thing in the past did you restrict the amount of letters which can be entered to make up the news story. Or did you do something fancy and try and determine the necessary cell height (where the text will go) on the fly with php ??


04-16-2003, 05:28 PM
Both :) Well, not really.

I'd have server-side validation checking the length of text entered - mainly for protecting against database errors, but it also meant that I could build HTML that would stretch to allow varying lengths of content without worrying about overly-huge tracts of text.

I'd be concerned about designing HTML to handle precise content lengths, unless I had similarly precise control over what was going into the database.

<td> cell height is never going to given you much control over this; if you need pixel-precise control over layout, use <div>'s and CSS positioning with attention given to overflow settings.