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Endangered features

Antoine de Saint Exupéry wrote:
perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away


In almost each version of Tiki, some lesser used/maintained features are generally removed.

Looking in the future:

Features that are more or less maintained, or that the improvement of other features are making them redundant.

The goal is not to remove features. The goal is to have great functionality while keeping a maintainable code base. We must also keep in pace with the evolution of the web.

Sometimes, features evolve to a point where one makes the others one redundant. Migrating data in this context is always a big concern.

There is also a discussion about how to reduce disk space.

Decided to be removed

Just need person to do it and a migration path

  • remove Babel Fish link module (doesn't work) and just keep the logo one (which works), thus delete feature_babelfish_links and module babelfish_links because 1-broken 2-unmaintained 3-uglier than babelfish_logo 4- less languages than babelfish_logo
  • Wiki 3D: Morcego 3D network browser is a java applet which was the best way to do this in 2004. Now, it's time to replace with an HTML5 solution.

Cleanup

This should move to own page as cleanup and remove a feature / code is not the same: Cleanup

Unmaintained

  • Feature home page (home_blog, etc.) and corresponding code in menu manager

Move out of mods into main code base

Perhaps distribute via Composer or Profiles?
Small things like PluginPerm should be in main code base done


http://mods.tiki.org/

Questions

  • What is status / future with Jison Parser, given wikiLingo
  • Should we remove direct link with Mapserver and replace with an abstraction layer? -> Maps
    • Yes, started in Tiki7
  • Can/Should we merge PluginFlash and PluginMediaPlayer?
  • PCLZip: still needed?
  • Should Smarty Debug replace Debugger Console?
    • No, they offer different functionality
  • Should article submissions be removed and data merged, now that we have published/unpublished status?
  • Since we are no longer support IE6, should we get rid of feature_iepngfix ?

Candidates for renaming

  • Minichat -> Chat
  • Freetags -> Tags?
  • cms (which is a legacy system name) -> articles
  • Any feature or module that includes "new" -> something more descriptive
    • modules/mod-func-calendar_new.php

Superceded (or could be with some work!)

Short term

Proposal to deprecate the following items in 5.x and fully remove in 6.0:

  • Admin: Site Ad — migrate to banners
    • Shouldn't this be a module?
  • Clean up old/replaced modules

Medium term

Long term


To merge

Idea to merge

Maybe too much work

Blog and Articles Articles in a workspace could be like current blogs

Already removed



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