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    an XML forum

    Hello

    As part of my college course I am building a simple html forum/Bullitin Board using XML and XSLT

    I've got a few Ideas for the user requirements but I'd like to know what other people would like to see as features of a new forum software.


    I'm also interested in what you think are the current killer features of existing html buliten board systems.


    Thanks for your time

    Dan

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    just browse through these forums,this is a very decent bulletin board..( my opinion)


    Khalid

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    There are few killer features in my opinion on most boards, however I think it is great idea you are writing a board in XML.

    I presume the output via XSLT will be either valid HTML or XHTML which would be a "killer feature" since I have yet to see a bulletin board the validates against the W3C recommendations.

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    Ok i've been a bit busy with other work for the last week but now i'm back on this......


    What i've comeup with so far (yes i realise these are the really obvious/basic reqirements:

    Functionality
    ----------------
    -Administrator can create “Forums”

    -Users can create “Threads”, and make “Posts”

    -Threads
    -Title, Thread Starter (User), Collection of Posts, Date/Time

    -Posts
    -Title, Poster (User), Body, Date/Time

    -Users
    -LoginName, Location, DisplayName, ??User Level (Normal / Mod /Admin)??


    Interface
    -------------
    -simple – quick and easy to understand
    -no fancy graphics/flash etc

    -Customisable board “identity”
    -logos and the like



    I too realy like the vbulletin style/interface Out of all of the boards i've used as a 'punter' it's definately my fave


    Yes the plan would be to have the XSLT out put valid XHTML or valid HTML (depends how well the XSLT coding goes as to wether i make sure it sticks strictly to the standards)

    dan

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    It will be quite a task..

    good luck.

    Khalid

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