[IPT] IPT Documentation

Tim Robertson trobertson at gbif.org
Wed Mar 18 16:36:02 CET 2009

Dear Guy,

The IPT accommodates internationalization.  Translations are provided  
in simple properties files and we would welcome any translations you  
could provide.

Regarding styling, it will require some development from your side as  
the IPT application does not itself allow for this level of  
configuration.  A style is encapsulated in a "theme" and would require  
mainly CSS development, and a custom packaging of the product  
including your specific theme to give to data publishers.  A quick  
glance through your guidelines suggest that you might have to do some  
basic development which includes links to institutions etc.  The IPT  
is released under an open source license so it would be quite feasible  
to customise it for your needs.

The initial documentation will focus on typical use, and will not  
cover such a specific topic such as development of the IPT.  I would  
propose that when communities start developing on top of the IPT  
platform, this documentation becomes available through community  
collaboration - WIKIs etc.

Very best wishes,


On 18 Mar 2009, at 15:48, Baillargeon, Guy wrote:

> Bonjour Arnaud
> One thing I hope you will document is how to fully customize the  
> look and feel of the IPT.
> What is available under http://localhost:8080/ipt/admin/ 
> configOrg.html is insufficient.
> In order to use IPT, I will have to make it fully compliant with
> 	"Common Look and Feel for the Internet 2.0"
> 	http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/index-eng.asp
> imposed by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat on all Canadian  
> Federal Government Web Sites. Unless I can do that, I will not be  
> able to use the IPT.
> That includes being able to toggle between English and French with  
> one single click from any page on the site, meaning that all aspects  
> of IPT must be configurable for internationalization and  
> localization (languages, text and numeral processing conventions,  
> date/time formats, etc.)
> GB-)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ipt-bounces at lists.gbif.org [mailto:ipt-bounces at lists.gbif.org]  
> On Behalf Of Arnaud Réveillon
> Sent: March 17, 2009 10:44
> To: ipt at lists.gbif.org
> Subject: [IPT] IPT Documentation
> Dear all,
> My name is Arnaud Réveillon and I have been appointed to write the
> documentation for the IPT.
> I am not new to the GBIF and biodiversity-related software as I worked
> during four years (2004-2008) for the Belgian focal point for the
> Convention on Biological Diversity, acting as tutor (mostly on
> databases, web applications, web pages editors, etc.) and as
> webmaster. During this period, I have been regularly in contact with
> members of several national GBIF nodes and am generally well aware of
> their work.
> I am not yet fully familiar with the IPT but hope to get up to speed
> in the next few days, with the help of the list.
> Please do not hesitate to let me know about your needs, the
> difficulties you are having with the IPT or anything that may be of
> interest regarding the documentation, which is scheduled to be ready
> on 16 April.
> Thank you,
> Arnaud Réveillon-
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