CoType is a document editing module. With CoType you can create multiple documents with nested sections in it - just as if you created a DocBook XML file, a LaTeX document or a well structured Word document.
A document consists of nested sections, so you always end up with a structure like this:
+- Section 1
| +- Section 1.1
| | + Section 1.1.1
| +- Section 1.2
+- Section 2
CoType is designed to cover the grounds between a Wiki and a single document.
- With CoType you can collaborate on document creation since every person can edit their own sections (can also be open to anonymous users).
- With CoType you can easily link different sections (there is a toolbar button for this in the editor).
- CoType has a complete revision history for each section and you can see who edited what, when and from where.
- Everything is instantly online.
Single document elements
- All sections in a CoType document can be printed, exported or downloaded as one single document for off-line use (not feature complete yet).
- You get a nice structured table of content.
- You can read the text linearly from section one and forward.
- Create unlimited number of documents
- Add unlimited number of sections to documents
- Organization sections hierarchically by drag-and-drop
- Automatic table of contents
- HTML WYSIWYG editing using FCKEditor
- Insert cross references
- Support for PostNuke search API
- Complete revision history
- Only one person at a time are allowed to edit the same section. No more overwriting of other peoples work.
- Working with images and figures using Mediashare
- Footnotes/end notes
- Export to DocBook/Html/LaTeX/PDF/Word
You might ask "why a new wanna-be Book module - there's already one (and many other content modules)?". Well, there's a couple of reasons:
- First of all I was not satisfied with Book's interface.
- I wanted to create something that really shows how easy it is to create new modules with PostNuke .8.
- I wanted to improve PostNuke .8 with some new features - which is best done while creating something that uses them. So I have improved on the pnForm system in PostNuke .8, added content menus to pnForm, and added the "PageLock" module. The last is a module that restricts access to a single web page such that only one person at a time can edit it.
- No other content module (except Book) focuses on creating a content structure that can be exported or printed as one single document.
It all started with the need to create a book about outdoor sports together with some friends. This triggered the idea of a collaborative document editor, because managing a Word document on four different computers is g'dam awfull. Eventually the book idea died, but the module idea kept on - and here it is.
At last we need a disclaimer:
This is only a demo version - don't expect much support and don't expect your installation to be upgradable (it won't be!)
Support site: www.elfisk.dk.
Until later - happy writing :-)