[xwiki-devs] Simple Mobile Skin
ludovic at xwiki.com
Wed Feb 22 15:59:01 UTC 2012
2012/2/22 Vincent Massol <vincent at massol.net>
> Hi Ludovic,
> On Feb 21, 2012, at 8:30 PM, Ludovic Dubost wrote:
> > Any comments on the code ? What would need to be done to be able to bring
> > this into the platform ?
> I won't comment on the code since I haven't looked at it yet.
> As a general rule, to bring something in the platform:
> * We need a VOTE from a committer to propose it
That's kind of what I'm doing, except I asking for comments before we vote
> * But even more importantly than the VOTE we need that the committer who
> proposes to bring it in, commits to work on it, improve it and maintain it
> on the long run. What we definitely don't want to see is something that
> goes in the platform and stops working which would prevent us from
> releasing the platform since it's all released as one block and everything
> we release must work.
I can commit to work on it and improve it. However it's going to be hard
for me to maintain it on the long run. Now the way I see it is that it's
quite tied to the platform and the colibri skin (as Jerome mentionned) and
from my POV it has to be supported as part of it.
My vision here is that we are regularly asked to support mobiles and IOS in
particular. This skin is a decent balance between amount of work and decent
results on mobile. It serves the need, it looks quite good.
Now of course we could keep it separate from the platform, however this has
- no native mobile support in XWiki
- complex installation because of the automated fallback system especially
if you have a custom skin
> Personally I'm against bringing it in the platform as it is for the
> following reasons:
> * No committer has expressed interest in becoming the "owner" of it and
> improving/maintaining it on the long run
I can spend some time getting this closer to XE standards. Maybe other
commiters can help ?
> * There's no mechanism to check that this mobile skin is working (no
> tests) which means we have no automated way to verify it works when we
> release platform and testing manually is extra work (and we're already
> lacking testing power to verify XE works on various DBs/browsers)
This is skin only work. Indeed there are no UI tests. Now these tests would
need to be run on Safari mostly as most mobile browsers are using Safari.
AFAIK at this point we have no infrastructure to run UI tests on mobile
browsers. If this is a blocker it means we will never release a mobile
skin. Any solution here ?
> * It's too much maintenance. It has been proven in the past that we've
> never been able to maintain more than 1 skin (BTW I'm for brainstorming
> about why this is so and how can we provide more than 1 skin in the
Thus, without knowing the technical details, I'm in agreement with Jerome
> when he says that it might be better to fold this skin into the current
> Colibri skin, i.e. make the mobile feature a feature of the skins we
> develop. But even with this I'm still against bringing it in the platform
> till a committer steps forward and says that he's willing to improve it,
> fix bugs, test it when we release and maintain it in general.
> I'm +1 to folding it in colibri. It seems reasonable to do that and I
think it's very feasible (knowing the code that is changed in this skin).
I'm volunteering to do this. Now if tests are needed I will need help. Now
if this effort is made I'd like to make sure the committers agree that this
is the right approach, as it would be quite bad to spend the time bringing
in the code in colibri/templates and then refuse it for architectural
I hope we all agree that some mobile specific behaviors are needed.
> Again, the idea is that code developed by the XWiki Development Team is of
> good quality and working. This strategy is the only one I know to guarantee
> this. And BTW this is why we regularly remove stuff from platform and move
> it to the retired repository (when the feature is no longer working good
> enough and there are no active committers willing to work on it).
> Sure. My objective here is only to start the debate and see what would
need to be done to bring it into the platform. From the "need" point of
view "mobile support" is a big + for XWiki. I personally believe that from
the functional point of view this skin is a good solution so that's why I'm
bringing it up.
> > Ludovic
> > 2012/2/17 Ludovic Dubost <ludovic at xwiki.com>
> >> Hi,
> >> I've been working a while ago on a Mobile Skin which principle is the
> >> following:
> >> 1/ Light UI adapted to mobile devices, both phones and tablet (with a
> >> particular attention to tablets), giving most of the screen real estate
> >> the page content
> >> 3/ Automatic detection of mobile devices to make them switch to the
> >> skin
> >> 4/ Ability to switch from mobile to normal skin
> >> 5/ compatibility with color themes
> >> I believe this approach is the right one, as XWiki instances do have
> >> Of course some other improvements could be done, for example to have a
> >> mobile friendly dashboard or livetable.
> >> Now this work has had a few iterations with particularly some relooking
> >> work from Caty.
> >> The work is published here:
> >> http://extensions.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Extension/SimpleMobileSkin
> >> And the code is available here in both XAR and File-System version (for
> >> XEM):
> >> https://github.com/ldubost/xwiki-mobileskin
> >> The skin can be tested on the incubator (although there is not the
> >> automated switch)
> >> I've also worked on integrating this in the platform. The commit is
> >> available in a fork on github:
> >> I'd like some comments and discussion so that we can bring this into the
> >> platform.
> >> Ludovic
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