Dave and I are participating in a forum at Maricopa College all this week, where we’ll be answering questions about Elgg and discussing our vision for the future.
Meanwhile, I’m drinking not a small amount of coffee and continuing to develop the system. More features to come shortly …
I’ve just re-enabled system messages within Elgg. We’re in the process of upgrading the templates, but within a couple of hours you should start to see acknowledgement / error messages. A couple of other things have also been fixed (for example, uploading a file without clicking the copyright box has a far more sensible result).
I’m really pleased that a number of people using Elgg have already been cooking up their own templates. In particular, Ashley Parker and Alison Wong have really done nice jobs, and have realised that it’s possible to include images in your file repository in the layout of your site.
There are two things that are probably less obvious:
The access rights on folders aren’t inherited by their contents. This means you can have a hidden folder containing images for your layout, but allow anyone to see the graphics contained inside. There may also be other applications for this.
Also, here on the weblog, you can embed graphics in your postings and they’ll appear right on the page. The system checks the dimensions of the file, and if it’s 400 pixels or less, it’s displayed inline; if it’s larger, a link is created to open it in a new window. In the future, this may be a thumbnail. (There are certainly plans for images to display a thumbnail version as their icon on the file repository pages, allowing users to create quick-and-easy photo albums.)
I’d like to echo Dave’s thank you to everyone who signed up for the alpha testing. After a year of thinking about the ideas involved, writing papers, thinking some more and settling down into programming it all, it’s really great to see everyone using it.