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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

First glimpse

The plugin I'm working on is starting to get a face, too. I almost finished the rough user interface. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Mihai's work, but it's enough now for testing the backend. I'll probably have to work on it some more after I get the feedback from Jerome. This is how it looks right now.

The user accesses the repository instance (in this case, called something). She/he will always see two pseudo-entries: manage collection and record. In addition to these, all the audio items in this instance's collection will be available for selection.

NB: The repository framework only supports thumbnail images for previews. This is not very usefull in the case of audio content. One of these solutions could be used:

  1. implement a way to add textual description to entries and display those instead of generic "Audio file" text
  2. implement a way that plugins can render their own HTML code for thumbnail (I think this is more usefull: @todo: check this with Jerome and Dongsheng)

The Manage collection entry displays a page where the collection entries can be deleted, previewed or added. This is usefull if you want to move items from one collection to another or to add an item that you now recorded.

NB: The i18n is not fully implemented and many language strings are missing.

Finally, the Record entry displays the recording Flash object. It allows users to record audio content and save it. I'm still fighting some JavaScript issue in order to automatically store riff ID and select it in the file picker after recording. This also brought me to my first contact with YUI. It's ok, but I like JQuery better. JQuery is simply more fancy, lightweight, and ... more fun.

1 comment:

  1. looks sooooo cool :-)
    i am looking forward to see it in action!

    here is a patch for getting similar functionality from the current Moodle version 1.9.x production sites: