[Pmwiki-users] File upload feature discussion

Davis, James C. jdavis at cob.tamucc.edu
Mon Nov 18 17:40:34 CST 2002

To me, things such as pdf files, powerpoint, excel, etc. should not be
considered part of the wiki system because they are all displayed in a
separate program or plugin for the browser. For this reason, maybe they
should not be part of the wiki upload feature.

I think that it might be a good idea to think of images and other files as
two different things. While they are both files, images are part of page
content, but other files are not. They are linked to from a page, but not
part of the page itself. Maybe there should be two separate systems?

I am just pushing this because I think everyone should be able to upload
images. They are just as much a part of a page (and just as important) as
text. As a wiki administrator, I don't want to have to give people special
access just to use images (that are stored internally).

James Davis
Network Manager
College of Business
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
(361) 825-5926
jdavis at cob.tamucc.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: Patrick R. Michaud [mailto:pmichaud at sci.tamucc.edu]
Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 5:25 PM
To: Davis, James C.
Cc: 'pmwiki-users at pmichaud.com'
Subject: RE: [Pmwiki-users] File upload feature discussion

On Mon, 18 Nov 2002, Davis, James C. wrote:
> Proposed solution: associate files with groups only
> This would minimize redundancy, but still make it easy to link files into
> page.

Perhaps, but I still think that redundancy is a "non-issue" as far as
PmWiki is concerned.  I can't imagine the general user uploading an
image to every page, especially if the wiki syntax gives them a convenient 
shortcut to include/refer to attachments of other pages.  

> It seems the point of the upload feature is mainly to allow images the be
> uploaded right? Maybe pmwiki should examine the file that a user attempts
> upload and reject it if it is not in a valid image format. 

Although I can imagine that a primary use for the upload is for images,
I don't think that it will be used exclusively for images.  In the cases
I have, I know that it would be used for uploading of PDFs, 
PowerPoint slide shows, Excel spreadsheets, and Word documents, to name
a few.  So, PmWiki would not itself limit the file types, although a
site administrator would be able to enforce such limits.


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