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Combining Gridstack and CKEditor to Provide Simple and Powerful Content Editing
Talk: Users frequently want to be able to create webpages in a way that gives maximum control over the appearance and layout of the page while requiring minimum technical knowledge. Software libraries exist to make content editing simple (CKEditor, Mercury), and content layout simple (Gridstack, w2ui), but there seems to be no drop-in solution for handling editing and layout in a single package. This talk describes an approach that combines Gridstack and CKEditor on the front end with a PHP application on the back end, to create an intuitive but powerful site editing solution designed for non-technical users. Solutions to problems combining the two libraries are discussed, along with trade-offs between layout flexibility and the responsiveness of the resulting sites. Speaker: Corey Halpin is a software engineer at the Internet Scout Research Group in the Department of Computer Sciences at UW-Madison. Scout works at the intersection of Computer Science and Library and Information Science, creating digital resource collections and software to support them. Our flagship application is the Collection Workflow Integration System (CWIS), an open source (GPL), turn-key package for creating and managing digital libraries. Prior to joining Scout, Corey earned a PhD in Forestry from UW-Madison by using simulation models (written primarily in C++, Perl, Lua, and GNU R) to understand the patterns of biomass development in the forests of northern Wisconsin. Location and Parking Info: To park, enter the Visitor's Parking lot off of Hoffman St. (The Visitor's Parking Lot is labeled with a V on this map: http://madisoncollege.edu/files/users/CLWalker4/truaxparkingmap.pdf ). The parking code is: #5627 (you need to enter the "#" before the code). If you forget or don't get the code, just push the buzzer and let the attendant know you are attending the Madison PHP meeting). We will meet in the Health Education Building, which is the blue building labeled "C" on the map. We will be on the third floor in Room 309.

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