« on: January 08, 2009, 10:48 PM »
It gets kinda confusin', but I am looking for a tagging system. Not all of 'em are Web-based.
Tomboy is out 'cause this is a Win XP shop (and because it's limited to a single _notebook_, i.e., category, not tag). TiddlyWiki is out for the reasons noted previously about Web interfaces ... yeah I know, it's just browser, but the issues stated previously rule it out.
Currently, I'm entertaining either bLADE Wiki or Tobu as substitute vehicles. My guy agrees that one or the other should suffice, but we're both concerned about the education requirements.
Actually, Tobu is a kind of horizontal equivalent to that app which I lost. More limited in tags, but reasonably easy to teach, we think.
Personally, I've used InfoSelect since before it became InfoSelect - think the DOS app was Total Recall, or Instant Recall, or some such, but really don't remember. It's a great app, and has a search capability that I've not found in any other application, but it has one great downfall - you cannot tag individual entries. You can search on any content in any entry, but you cannot search on _classes_ of entries w/o first pigeonholing them.
What I lost was a true tagging system, the next step up, to my mind, from a hierarchical system, with a 1.x version number - no reverse ego trip involved - and a way to report unforeseen issues.
I didn't like the free-form assignment of tags, 'cause typos can kill ya in a system like that if you have very many inputs, but for this situation, particularly with the primary _search_ feature being selection of created tags, that's not a significant issue. And since the inputs/tags are going to be in a fairly restricted arena, free-form input is not all that heinous. I mean, reporting problems on recreational sailing vessels does not normally enter the mainstream vocabulary of other transportation modes, ya know?
Tobu seems to fill the niche pretty well. I don't like the layout, and don't like the search implementation, but it'll likely work given the current requirements. At least, my guy thinks so. And it's the best we've found to date.
I apologize if I've led you all astray with the 'tag' bit. To me, it's not a Web 2.0 thing, it existed long before the Web. Hell, I built a personal tracking system in PC File+ (DOS 3.x, I think, but long before Windows worked) that was based upon tags/keywords. Mind, I didn't _call_ 'em that (think I called 'em classes, but that's another word that doesn't mean the same today as when I was really creative), but that's what they were - tags.
At this rate, if Tobu doesn't work, I'll prolly have to write the damned thing myself, and I really wasn't looking to learn how to do that with the newer languages. Might be able to do it with PHP if I can find a decent GUI/compiler system, or maybe an older - 3 or 5 - VB version, but then that's another thread, isn't it?
Sorry, I'm tired, my mind is wandering, and I need sleep. [Why is there no smiley for yawn?] See y'all later.
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