Project lull, currently blogging at

I have a few ideas in mind for this space, however for the moment my blogging time is happening on my own site:

I find I must mention this because I have been commenting here and there thinking WordPress would link to my own site, but finding it links here.

In the meantime, I’d be happy to hear what comes to mind when you read “Librarian finds …”


WordPress as CMS, is it tablet-ready?

Xoom is my friend ❤

Too many hours at the desk – doctor shakes his head and sighs

With Xoom in hand, I wonder whether sufficient tools with tablet capability are available to facilitate mobile practice of information architecture. (As you may have noticed if you’ve read my posts on Gliffy and Websort).

So today, I am stepping beyond the well-trodden discussion of the relative utility of WordPress as content management software and asking a much narrower question:

How well might serve for managing content via tablet?

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Tested WordPress Dashboard on Xoom (and post by email)

This test focussed on content management beyond publishing pages or posts. Namely, managing tags, categories, contributor permissions and user interaction from the Dashboard.

All can be done quite easily, after pinch expanding the view to access the buttons which are really too small on the tablet. Thanks to Edward Kim’s No Root Screenshot It, I have pictures to share.

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More, NextPage tags and named anchors

This page is subject to frequent change.

I had a page with References at the bottom. I don’t want References to get in between my call to action and Comments – and most people don’t want to read them anyway. So I thought I could use the nextpage feature to shift References to a “second” page of the same post.

Great, but then the named anchor jumps stopped working eg say I refer to a footnote[1].

Clearly split pages change the url… but how? This test hopes to find that out.
Find out what happened!

Tested upload documents to on Xoom

Short answer: Only possible via email, which is easy to enable via the xoom.

Long answer, with lots of switching between app, dashboard and email, for those who might be curious:

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Tested WordPress for Android

WordPress it’s a complex tool, it’s like the back of a digital SLR… but that doesn’t work on a phone

–Matt Mullenweg, on announcing imminent simplified WordPress version, reported by Bobbie Johnson. I believe, though it might only be hope, that Matt was speaking of simplified write/edit interface, for managing content via phone or tablet. No dates though.

My request: Simpler, okay, but please don’t lose important structural functionality. I use headings and bullets more than in-line styling.

But back to the point in being here: testing WordPress for Android
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Tested “Quickpress” on Xoom tablet

Cannot recommend it:

It was a nightmare for me, but that might be because I’m too wordy and I don’t get my words right first go.

With QuickPress on Xoom tablet you can:

  • Compose a sentence – but don’t try to change after you leave a line.
  • Easily add comma-separated tags.
  • Pinch enlarge/shrink.
  • See a screen that looks like it should be easy to use. For example, following is the screen after I had typed a few lines:


Problems with QuickPress on Xoom tablet:

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WordPress as CMS: an annotated reading list

by Brian White of Solo Multimedia for iThemes Media

Icon shared under CC-BY-SA-3.0 and available at iThemes’ WordPress as a CMS Tutorial Website.

… Still planning to post about my ongoing evaluation of the tablet-readiness of WordPress for content management…(Update: posted 28 May)

In the meantime, I am also gathering background reading because I will not rehash what others know, and have written, better than I could (yet).  Yesterday contained some (admittedly easily found) starter reading on content management and where information architects fit in.

Today its a list of (again easily found) reading on the no longer disputed fact that WordPress is content management software, if not quite a “large-enterprise-level” CMS.

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On information architecture and content management

(a little annotated reading list)

Nothing new here.
(Although if you find this useful and I don’t know you, please do say Hi in the comments).

I plan to post an evaluation of the tablet-readiness of WordPress for content management (Update: posted May 28). I expect visitors to that post will already appreciate what content management is, the role of information architecture in content management and what information architects look for in content management software. (Because it seems unlikely they would find the post if they didn’t).  It certainly would not be efficient for anyone were I to rehash what has already been so well written, and so readily available with Google.

Nevertheless, just-in-case, starter background reading for you:
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WebSort : easy online card sorting [a review]

WebSort by UXPunk is an online tool designed for conducting and analysing remote card sorts. Its target market is website architects (or webmasters). Cardsorting aims to help solve the problem of organising a site’s content to meet audience needs and expectations.

Now that ambition is an obvious target for this novice bereted librarian, so I went to find out more.

See what I learned…!