Annotation of bookwyrm/www/index.html, revision 1.7

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                      4: <div class="infoTab" id="whats-new">
                      5: <h5 class="infoHeader">What's New</h5>
                      6: <ul>
1.6       ryukage     7: <li>[2005-10-03] Bookwyrm 0.1 released</li>
1.4       ryukage     8: <li>[2005-09-10] Bookwyrm 0.1 alpha released</li>
                      9: <li>[2005-09-06] Bookwyrm Project Accepted on MozDev</li>
1.1       petejc     10: </ul>
                     11: </div>
                     12: 
                     13: <div class="infoTab" id="other-stuff">
                     14: <h5 class="infoHeader">Other Stuff</h5>
                     15: <ul>
1.4       ryukage    16: <li><a href="http://purl.org/int-fiction/bookwyrm/">Bookwyrm Homepage</a></li>
1.6       ryukage    17: <li><a href="http://purl.org/int-fiction/ifmi/"><acronym title="Interactive Fiction Metadata Initiative">IFMI</acronym></a></li>
1.2       ryukage    18: <li><a href="http://www.ifwiki.org">ifWiki</a></li>
1.1       petejc     19: </ul>
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                     26: <div class="infoItems">
                     27: <div>News item goes here</div>
                     28: <div>More news item goes here</div>
                     29: <div><a href="http://mozdev.org/">mozdev.org</a></div>
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1.2       ryukage    37: <p>Bookwyrm is an Interactive Fiction collection manager. When complete, 
                     38: it will allow browsing and download of large online game repositories, 
                     39: and a universal intepreter that can play any of the major virtual machine based
                     40: game formats.</p>
1.1       petejc     41: 
1.3       ryukage    42: <p>Bookwyrm uses game databases stored in RDF format, utilizing the
                     43: vocabularies provided by the <a 
1.6       ryukage    44: href="http://purl.org/int-fiction/ifmi/">Interactive Fiction Metadata Initiative</a>.
                     45: Planned features include the ability to crawl online RDF datawebs, making Bookwyrm
                     46: something of a Semantic Web application.</p>
1.3       ryukage    47: 
                     48: <p>Development will follow three general stages:</p>
                     49: <ol>
                     50:     <li>A Firefox extension, providing the basic features of cataloguing
                     51:     and launching games, but depending on external interpreters to run them.</li>
                     52:     <li>A standalone application, essentially a migration from Firefox to XULRunner
1.6       ryukage    53:     when the latter reaches production level deployment. (And more to the point,
                     54:     when XULRunner has something resembling useful developer documentation.)</li>
                     55:     <li>Completion of remaining features, including the framework for internal 
                     56:     plug-in interpreters.</li>
1.3       ryukage    57: </ol>
1.6       ryukage    58: <p>Stage 1 is already well underway. Releases available on the 
                     59: <a href="installation.html">installation</a> page.</p>
1.3       ryukage    60: 
1.7     ! ryukage    61: <p><strong>Project Status (2006-11-28)</strong></p>
        !            62: <p>Work is being held up by four factors:</p>
        !            63: <ul>
        !            64:     <li>The Treaty of Babel has essentially murdered our attempt to get RDF 
        !            65:     metadata included with every IF game. The IFmd metadata specified in the
        !            66:     treaty is utterly inadequate to Bookwyrm's needs, and always will be, 
        !            67:     no matter what extensions are introduced.</li>
        !            68:     <li>The need for a major redesign of the application, using custom RDF 
        !            69:     datasources instead of the generic ones built into the Mozilla platform.</li>
        !            70:     <li>The discovery that Mozilla's RDF implementation is no where near 
        !            71:     standards-compliant. It's becoming increasingly difficult to work around
        !            72:     the unimplemented and incorrectly implemented features.</li>
        !            73:     <li>The possibility that RDF support will soon vanish from the Mozilla
        !            74:     platform altogether. This would necessitate moving Bookwyrm to a different
        !            75:     framework.</li>
        !            76: </ul>
        !            77: <p>I am not planning to abandon Bookwyrm, but all these difficulties and
        !            78: uncertainties have made me more inclined to work on other things as of late.</p>
        !            79: 
1.3       ryukage    80: <p>For more information on Interactive Fiction in general, see the <a
                     81: href="http://www.ifwiki.org">if Wiki</a>.</p>

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