[xwiki-devs] GSoc 2011: idea "Auto Completion in Content Editors" (updated)

许凌志(Jamesxu) lingzhixu326 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 20 18:06:52 UTC 2011

Dear Marius Florea and Anca Luca:

I am James Xu and I want to contribute to xwiki community through GSoc
project. I am interested in working on the idea "Auto Completion in Content

I choose this idea for two reasons:
First, I knew Xwiki since 2009, and that is the first time to use xwiki as
wiki system in our lab, and I think it's time to give something back to
Second, the idea "Auto Completion in Content Editors" attracts me a lot. I
have done some projects related to autocompletion before.
the first project is to implement an autocompletion feature for search input
form for a Web search system of our lab;
the second is to research how to aggregate widgets for a mashup system, and
wired all them up through an autocompletion algorithm.

Though they are different from this idea, they give me some general ideas
for autocompletion, and I want to extend autocompletion function to the
content editors based on the kowledge gained from the previous projects and

Here are my understanding of the requirements of this idea, and I hope you
can give me more tips and feedbacks:

For xwiki editor:
- Implements autocompletion function for content editor, for example,  when
user want add link to their wiki page, they first type"[[", and then the
autocompletion function will run to give him the suggestion of some
documents begin with the charactor he types in, the list will narrowed when
he types more. another example can be autosuggest to the attachment link.

- Auto completion for some syntax like eclipse HTML editor. for example,if
user type"{{" which is the syntax for xwiki macros, then it should suggest
him a list of macros name like "box, code..." when user select one, if say
"box", it will insert to xwiki the following:
"{{box cssClass="" title="" width=""}}   {{/box}}" , user should not
remember what the attributes for the macros, and would not to close the tag
after a long input.
what should I do is to find out which syntax can be improved by such kind of
autocompletion, and what is the interaction between the editor and the user.

For xwiki WYSIWYG editor:
- Supply the same function as what we have done in xwiki editor, and then
translate automatically into what should it look like for end users. For
example,when user finnish the box macro, it should be transalted to
visualized box module for user, as well as when user type //word//, it will
shows up  '*word*'.

I have almost 4 years web development experiences, php for 3 years, and java
for 2 years. I have some knowledge in using SSH(Strust2+spring+hibernate) as
java web framework. I am also practiced in javascript/css/html,and have more
than 3 year development experiences. I use dojo for almost 4 years since
version 0.9, and jquery for 2 years, I am starting to use GWT this year, but
I think I would be a quick learner based on the knowledge I gained from the
other two js toolkits.

Look forward to your feedbacks.

Best wishes,

许凌志(James Xu)

MOE KLINNS Lab and SKLMS Lab, Xi'an Jiaotong University

Department of Computer Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University

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