1 Reply Latest reply on May 4, 2008 8:15 PM by steve222

    Large or Multi-Page Documents

      We're investigating migrating content from some other systems (Confluence, Plone) to CS, and one big stumbling block is that docs in CS seem to be designed to be somewhat solitary... there is no obvious way to present content that has multiple associated pages or a hierarchy of pages, i.e. a book-like set of documents or a large multi-page article.



      Say I wanted to import or create something like the Clearspace 2.0 Documentation in our CS instance, is there any way at all to do that or are documents really meant to be standalone?



        • Re: Large or Multi-Page Documents

          Hey Mike,


          There isn't currently a way to have a document that has other documents as children. In Clearspace, all documents are essentially peers, although the spaces/communities that contain them are hierarchical.


          I faced a similar need when I first started putting developer documentation into Jivespace months ago. I knew that the flat "hierarchy" would provide no structural cues to help people understand the content in terms of functional groups (plugins as opposed to themes, for example). Tags seem to offer a solution, but you can't see a list of all the content sorted or grouped by tag; instead, you can see the content for one tag, then go back and see the content for another tag, and so on. Even so, you can't have content displayed in a particular order -- the order is chronological.


          What I ended up doing was using the HTML widget to display a hierarchical list of links to each document in that community. Personally, I'm a believer in the smaller, more "atomic" way of storing the content, preferring to lean on an organizational layer or device (like that TOC) to provide ways into the content.


          I've yet to upgrade the HTML-widget-as-TOC to the 2.0 version of Clearspace that Jivespace now uses. Soon, I hope.