[development] lightbox module comparison

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Wed Jun 4 22:42:47 UTC 2008

I agree that these comparison pages are very valuable; no question.  However, one problem with them is that they are also time-sensitive.  I don't expect any of the modules mentioned to stand still.  That means much of the data is going to become outdated; some in a month, some in 6 months.  Are we also committing to keeping these pages up to date?  Out of date/wrong documentation can be just as bad if not worse than no documentation at all.  

--Larry Garfield the killjoy

On Wed, 4 Jun 2008 20:21:54 +0100, "Stella Power" <stella at stellapower.net> wrote:
> I added one to the lightbox2 module page too.
> On Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 10:05 AM, Richard Burford <
> rich at freestylesystems.co.uk> wrote:
>> Agreed. A link from each module page to the comparison would be good a
> good
>> addition. I'll add one for Shadowbox now.
>> psynaptic
>> http://freestylesystems.co.uk
>> http://api.freestylesystems.co.uk
>> On 4 Jun 2008, at 02:25, Karen Stevenson wrote:
>>  I think a 'module comparisons' section is important enough to deserve a
>>> top-level place in the handbook, with a link from the downloads page to
> make
>>> it easy for someone looking for modules to find. I actually think
> writeups
>>> like this are far more useful that the contrib module rating system
> that is
>>> often discussed. What does a 5 star rating tell you? It tells you the
> module
>>> solved a specific problem for the person who rated it, it doesn't tell
> you
>>> if it will solve *your* problem or be useful in *your* situation. But
> this
>>> kind of writeup makes it easy to see which module is the best fit for
> your
>>> particular situation, which is really really useful.
>>> This should not be buried down in the module documentation -- someone
>>> looking at one of the other modules would never see it. It should be
> very
>>> prominent (and that hopefully would also encourage other people to add
> more
>>> of these kinds of comparisons).
>>> For instance a good comparison of the different wysiwyg editors would
> be
>>> pretty useful :)
>>> Karen
>>> ----- Original Message ----
>>> From: FGM <fgm at osinet.fr>
>>> To: development at drupal.org
>>> Sent: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 10:27:32 AM
>>> Subject: Re: [development] lightbox module comparison
>>> I've done one on the two glossary modules I'm aware of (glossary.module
>>> and
>>> g2.module), it's on the g2 project page. Maybe there are more, though ?
>>> This being said, you might have something: module duplication and
> module
>>> voting being recurrent themes, it might make sense to formalize a rule
>>> like:
>>> "if you're doing a module that resembles other modules, create a
>>> comparison
>>> page, that will go in the <to be determined> section of the handbook",
> in
>>> the dev manual.
>>> What do you think of it ?
>>> FGM

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