This is the first time that this bootstrapping approach has been used to make a fresh nfoCentrale site. The manual results will be captured with an eye toward automating the creation of new sites as much as possible. It is also desirable to find ways to automate the repaving of existing sites when style and format requirements change (e.g., for accessibility and use of current web standards). There are a number of repaving projects underway and some computer-based assistance at that is also desired.
2. Work Items and Bootstrap Progress
3. Reporting Defects
4. Making Insertions
5. Related Material
nfoWorks is a new family of domains and web sites: nfoWorks.com, nfoWorks.net, and nfoWorks.org. Most nfoWorks material is found at nfoWorks.org; unqualifed references to nfoWorks are generally to that site (this site).
Bootstrapping of nfoWorks involves creating a basic site with the minimal structure that is used for all nfoCentrale sites. The minimal structure provides scaffolding on which the unique content for nfoWorks can then be developed and maintained in a systematic way.
Bootstrapping starts by populating an initial site with folders and pages for the basic construction structure and construction materials needed for further development. Initial "placeholder" material is borrowed from existing sites that already have the desired structure. The basic infrastructure of the site is arranged first:
nfoWorks.org / --- root construction structure and root construction zone
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The infrastructure is used and extended as the main content is introduced. In order to allow preliminary content to be organized as soon as possible, we quickly provide a place for compilation of notes and initial content. For nfoWorks, that is by early provision of
This is the place for early nfoWorks content including preliminary notes.
Bootstrapping continues by progressively customizing placeholder material into the form required for nfoWorks.
Bootstrapping is a manual process. In order to keep track of the bootstrap status and progress, notices are placed throughout the construction structure and in lists of work items (e.g., on any Job Jar & Diary page) that reflect the local bootstrapping (and later-maintenance) status. This serves three important purposes:
Visitors to the site will be able to tell whether the materials are placeholders or have other customization to be provided.
The site developer/webmaster has a positive indication whether material anywhere in the site is pending customization or has been customized to the current standards for the site.
By viewing the dependencies on the different notice inserts (i.e., using a tool such as FrontPage), it is possible to determine those places where work is still required. By also noting where work has been completed as part of a particular project, it is easy to locate those places where a subsequent project has not yet introduced updates.
The customization process begins at the front porch of the site. It is propagated from there down into the infrastructure and content sections as they are introduced. The complete bootstrapping progress of all components of the site can be reviewed by navigation from the root construction structure page.
When bootstrapping is completed, the overall site status is elevated to the Hard Hat Stage. That stage lasts until the infrastructure is covered over everywhere by an appropriate facade and accomplishment of a professional appearance for the site. After the hard hat stage, the plumbing and scaffolding is no longer imposed on visitors, although it remains as part of the support for the site.
There is a progression of work items being followed to extend the construction structure information through all of the initial folders. This can be found in the top-level construction zone Diary & Job Jar table.
Essentially, the initial material is adjusted starting from the root of the site and working to the leaves of the initial folders. As the material is customized, notices are inserted in the pages of infrastructure to reflect their bootstrapping status.
The initial notice is in red text. It indicates that the transformation to the correct form and content is incomplete.
As construction structure and construction materials are customized for this site, the notices in the material are changed to ones with green text. These notices indicate which aspect of the material at that point and below is now in correct form: construction structure and content material.
For new material that is introduced following the initial bootstrap, a different green-text notice is used to indicate that this material is created in the proper form from the beginning.
The different notices and their usage are illustrated here on the 2008-02-18 Announcement page.
Any defect encountered in nfoWorks content, construction structure, and links (internal and external) can be reported to the nfoWorks coordinator.
If you are curious what defects are already identified, you can inspect the lists of known work items that are maintained throughout the site:
During and after the main bootstrapping, the areas touched in the bootstrapping are listed in the Bootstrapping Diary & Job Jar.
Construction Zone sections around the site will also have Diary & Job Jar lists of known items to be worked on. The various Construction Zones can be found through the top-level Construction Structure page.
In addition, individual folios of nfoWorks material (such as this one), have their own Diary & Job Jar pages. It is possible to determine the status and known defects (plus open work items) of an individual folio by consulting that page.
Out beyond the bootstrapping stage, there will be defect tracking and maintenance for software that is developed or relied upon in nfoWorks projects. There will be special mailing lists for use of those who want to report or to know about software defects and their resolution.
All comments and questions related to nfoWorks are welcome. It is not necessary to use any formal submission process, although that may be beneficial to ensure that your concerns are noticed quickly and addressed by those who are working directly on nfoWorks projects.
Using Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003, the current announcement may be inserted into any number of site pages. Insertion is by using the FrontPage extensions "Include Page" web component. The FrontPage operation is performed using the current Include Page. That Include Page provides a single-cell table element that accomplishes three purposes:
The announcement provides a link to a document-engineering page (such as this one) where more detail of the repaving-project status may be found.
The FrontPage 2003 Hyperlinks View provides a way to know where the announcement is currently placed as it is appropriate to remove it from some pages and add it to others.
Maintenance of the insertion is performed in a single place and automatically reflected in all of the places the announcement has been inserted.
The link in the caption beneath the cell provides access to the corresponding document-engineering page and its explanation.
For further information on how this approach to Include Content is performed, see the template article page c000006c: ClustrMap Insertion FrontPage Document Engineering.
c080201b: Site Bootstrapping [latest status]
c080201c: 2008-02-18 Announcement
c080201a: Diary & Job Jar
- Hamilton, Dennis E.
- nfoWorks Site Bootstrapping. nfoWorks Construction Note c080201 0.01, March 10, 2008. Available at <http://nfoWorks.org/construction/2008/02/c080201.htm>.
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