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CMS Kobold

Info over Kobolden (NL)
Info about kobolds (EN)

2008 (v0.1), ongoing

CMS Website

PHP, MySQL, Imagemagick, Python-CGI, FFmpeg (to automatically convert uploaded multimedia to OGG vorbis/theora and Flash)

Kobold Media CMS, een gebruiksvriendelijk beheersysteem voor websites. Dit systeem kan aan ieder ontwerp gekoppeld worden en heeft een speciale focus op het online publiceren van geluid en video bestanden, zowel in Flash als Open Source formaat.

KOBOLD facilitates collaborative creation, editing and publishing of text and other media on the Web by multiple authors, in multiple languages. It allows users to do this without requiring much (if any) technical knowledge and it is completely separated from the 'front' website, alowing it to be implemented for most any design/layout.


To add extra functionality to KOBOLD, a plugin-architecture is in place. Each plugin should have a basic description on its initial page (just click the plugin in the menu).


KOBOLD pays special attention to the placement of multimedia on the Web. Any content can be uploaded through the "Uploads plugin" and will be classified as one of four categories; image, audio, video or document. (Zipped files will be unzipped and all of their content will be treated as individual uploads.)


Images uploaded using the uploads-plugin will be activated automatically by visiting the uploads page after uploading them, meaning they are (being) converted into a format and sizes suitable for the Web and the specific design of the Website. Images and documents can be placed on pages by using the drag and drop panel, which can be opened from the menu on the right when editing a page.


If the multimedia-plugin is installed, audiovisual content (audio/video) can be converted for the web as well (video:ogg-theora/mp4, audio:ogg-vorbis/mp3); they will be placed online using the newest open standards HTML5 technology already supported by browsers such as Firefox and Safari, with fallbacks for less modern browsers so anyone will be able to see/hear them. Audio and video can be placed on pages by using the drag and drop panel, which can be opened from the menu on the right when editing a page.


If the languages-plugin is installed, every section and every page will be duplicated for every language added to the Website. Visitors of the Website will be greeted in a negotiated (picked by looking at the browser's locale settings) or chosen language (when included in the URL/Web address).

Open source:

KOBOLD is made using exclusively Open Source software (Linux/Kate/Inkscape) and uses exclusively Open Source (Apache/MySQL/PHP/Imagemagick/FFMPEG) and Open Standards (except for the audio/video fallbacks). It is itself (or parts of it) under consideration of being open-sourced in the coming future. Because the Open Source movement and Open Standards are actively being opposed from different sides by developers of proprietary (closed) software and -standards in developing and making available 'open' technology, it is important to encourage its use wherever possible. This includes using it as much as possible on Websites and in our daily work. Because many 'closed' players can not (yet?) play the open standards Ogg/Vorbis and Ogg/Theora, we have opted to also offer audio and video in the proprietary formats, so anyone will be able to watch/listen.

For a detailed explanation of what open source / free software, and why it is so important:
http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vrije_software (Dutch)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_software (English)


This system is named after Kobolds, little intelligent creatures (from German/Scandinavian folk tales) with magical powers, mostly invisible but often depicted as humanlike figures living in houses, mines or boats. "At night, such kobolds do chores that the human occupants neglected to finish before bedtime: They chase away pests, clean the stables, feed and groom the cattle and horses, scrub the dishes and pots, and sweep the kitchen. Other kobolds help tradespeople and shopkeepers. A Cologne legend recorded by Keightley claims that bakers in the city in the early 19th century never needed hired help because, each night, the kobolds known as Heinzelmänchen made as much bread as a baker could need. Similarly, bieresal, kobolds who live in the beer cellars of inns, bring beer into the house, clean the tables, and wash the bottles and glasses." (wikipedia)