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After many years, multiple major version releases and several different homes, the SIMILE Widgets documentation is in a slightly dilapidated state. The widgets themselves – most notably Exhibit – are still under active development, and are among the simplest, most powerful bits of software with which to present data on the web. It's my hope that a concerted effort to bring the documentation (chiefly this wiki) up to the standard of the software may lead to greater interest, more widespread adoption, and the continued development and support of these tools.


Who am I

My name's Tully Hansen, and I'm an enthusiastic Exhibit user with a background in literature and creative writing (not to mention an abiding interest in Twitter bots). In Exhibit I found a system simple enough to wrap my Web 1.0 brain around (I can juggle HTML and CSS, a little), and powerful enough to be up and running with a filter-able, query-able Google-Sheets-powered data-driven webpage in just a short time. However, finessing the finer points of the software required a great deal of Googling, and copious bouncing around between various (and often conflicting) resources. Seeing as this wiki resides at the 'official' home of SIMILE Widgets, I figure this ought (as far as possible) to be the one-stop shop for answers on Exhibit, Timeline and the other SIMILE Widgets.

How to help

Due to earlier issues with spam signups, the SIMILE Widgets wiki does not allow either anonymous edits or new user signups. However, accounts are available on request for those interested in contributing to the project. Presently we are in a 'housekeeping' mode of tidying up loose ends (dead links, duplicate content, etc.), making better use of MediaWiki's built-in features (such as Categories, Redirects and Transclusions). A rough roadmap for this stage of the process follows at the end of this page.

There are also annotated <!-- TODO --> comments sprinkled liberally throughout the pages of the wiki – these will not show up on the pages themselves, but can be searched for.

How to get in touch

The best place to get help with or otherwise discuss SIMILE Widgets remains [ the Google Groups mailing list]. Alternatively, feel free to contact me directly with questions or feedback on the wiki itself. If you have any requests or suggestions for the flourishing of this wiki, please get in touch!



Roadmap (as at 2015-11-03)

  • Categorise uncategorised pages done 2015-11-03
  • Create category taxonomy
  • Create links to orphaned pages
  • Figure out why syntax highlighting not working (see Code_syntax_highlighting_examples)
  • Figure out best way to distinguish between Exhibit 2 and 3 reference?
  • Check for and fix broken outgoing links
  • Transclude content into relevant category pages, rather than duplicating/superceding
  • Add style guide (for things like Simile Widgets) and enforce throughout
  • Delete links in the format <div class="wiki-path" id="exhibit-wiki-path" style="float: right;">[[Reference_Documentation_for_Exhibit|Exhibit Reference Home »]]</div> from pages
  • Update Main_Page layout (see User_talk:Tullyhansen)
  • Image thumbnail generation not working correctly (Error creating thumbnail: /var/www/ line 4: /usr/bin/convert: No such file or directory shown for images resized to < 100px)
  • Fix 'Reference Documentation for X' pages which are currently redirects
  • Categorise uncategorised pages
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