[R] www.r-project.org

Barry Rowlingson B.Rowlingson at lancaster.ac.uk
Wed Apr 26 11:56:09 CEST 2006

Romain Francois wrote:

> What about
> - place somewhere a div called 'Focus on a package' where we could have 
> a short presentation of a package, etc ... or for a CRAN task view (to 
> do that, php would be great, but we can do I don't know perl scripts to 
> generate static html pages)
> - a direct link to download R, which will redirect to the appropriate 
> CRAN thanks to cookies
> - Propose the Table of Contents of the last volume of R news.
> - reduce the ratio (size of the head page graphic) / (information 
> directly accesible)
> - move search, task views, and documentation from cran to www

  Now maybe my original assessment that a CMS wasn't worth investing in 
needs a rethink.

Suppose www.r-project.org was rebuilt with Plone: http://plone.org/

You'd get:

  * An easy-to-edit set of accessible web pages

  * A thorough search of site content

  * News and Events objects

  * Replace CRAN with Plone Software Center: 
http://plone.org/products/plonesoftwarecenter - as used to display plone 
Products here: http://plone.org/products

  * Use Plone Help Center for documentation, as used here: 

  * Use poi to replace the R-bugs system: http://plone.org/products/poi 
- although plone itself has moved to using 'trac' 

  Of course, it requires time, hosting, and enthusiasm.... I'm currently 
lacking all three.


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