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This documents the major features of the blogwow tool. The goal of this page is to explain what the tool actually does and avoid issues related to assumptions about what a blog is.


  • The Blog
    • The main page for the app includes a list of all the blogs in the current site
    • Users create a blog in a Sakai site automatically by simply access the blog tool
      • Permissions control whether the blog is created or not
    • Users can edit the profile of each blog to include information about themselves
      • Profiles can contain html and are creating using the richtext editor
      • User can also provide an image URL, this image will be displayed with the profile text
      • This text and image will appear on the right hand side of the view which displays their blog entries
  • Entries
    • Users can create blog entries in their own blog
      • Entries can contain html and are creating using the richtext editor
        • Text entered is run through a cleaner to remove harmful tags
      • Blog entries can be public, group visible, instructor only, and private
      • Entries store the time/date they are created
    • Entries are only shown if the user has permission to view them
    • The list of entries pages so that a limited number appear at once
  • Comments
    • Plain text comments can be made on entries
      • All text is escaped so no harmful tags can be used
      • Comment can be made by authorized Sakai users, public comments not currently allowed
    • Comments can be removed by a site administrator with appropriate permissions
  • RSS feeds
    • Links for RSS feeds are available on the main page with the list of blogs
      • RSS includes links back to the blog and to the individual entries
    • Public (anonymous) access to RSS feeds for individual blogs or all blogs for a site is provided
      • Human readable URLs are used
  • Sakai
    • One click access from the main page for all actions
    • Uses RSF so templates are easy to customize
    • Fine grained permissions control in Sakai
      • There are 7 permissions available for controlling access to various parts of the blog (creating entries, creating comments, etc.)
    • All pages fully internationalized (I18n)