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Journal of Kake (3534)

Thursday June 26, 2003
08:47 AM

The Open Guide to London

[ #13078 ]

We finally moved the open community guide to London (previously known as grubstreet) from UseModWiki over to OpenGuides. Wow. It only took just under a year from deciding to rewrite UseModWiki in maintainable Perl to coming up with a complete specialised city guide application.

There are three Open Guides online now:

More info is available at the OpenGuides website - if your city doesn't have an Open Guide then why not set one up? It will work right out of the box for any UK city (after you configure it, of course). For cities in other countries, all the features should work fine apart from the location stuff — offers of assistance in sorting that would be greatly appreciated.

OpenGuides is based on CGI::Wiki and was written by me, Earle Martin, and Ivor Williams.

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  • Have you seen the Veg Guide [] site I created? It's got a lot of pretty cool features that are useful for something more narrowly focused on veg eating. I'm sure you could add the same stuff to OpenGuides too.

    Anyway, the code is freely available on the site if you're curious. There's a download link at the bottom of each page.
    • Oh, shiny. I might pinch your location stuff. Which other features did you think we might use in OpenGuides?

      • Well, there's a lot. The numeric ratings are a good thing, I think. The search features are pretty fancy. For example, you can search for entries that are open for the next X minutes, and there's lots of other details that are searchable, like smoking/non-smoking, wheelchair-accessible, etc.

        Also, any logged-in user can access the editing forms for an entry, but unless they are the "owner" of the location, or the entry itself, their changes are saved as a suggestion. Then the real owner(s) (or admin) ca
        • I've never got on with numeric ratings — I just don't seem to find them useful at all. I'd take a patch to optionally add them to OpenGuides, but I'm unlikely to do it myself.

          The smoking/non-smoking kind of stuff is done with Categories in OpenGuides; we had a script to search for food places/pubs on multiple categories, but it was specific to the UseMod version of the guide and so needs rewriting for the OpenGuides one. Any node can be added to any number of categories, so you'll be able to searc