Fluid progressing into the second year
jutta.treviranus at utoronto.ca
Mon Mar 17 04:03:54 UTC 2008
Dear Fluid Community
As we come to the close of our first Fluid year, we have many things
to celebrate and to anticipate. We have done exceptionally well this
year in evangelizing the project, engaging our partner communities,
and establishing an initial technology stack and testing process that
works within real production environments.
In the process we have discovered that we are pioneering new
processes in a number of areas. We are developing a unique technical
framework that among other things enables an innovative and more
sustainable approach to accessibility. We are also conducting user
experience design and development a) with users in a community source
environment, b) using an agile distributed development process, and
c) using a flexible user interface with many possible configurations.
Each of these attributes requires a reexamination of traditional UX
methods. This is exciting and challenging.
This next year will require harnessing our success so far and
applying our efforts toward delivery of a solid set of interactive
components and the design pattern library. These elements are a key
aspect of our Mellon grant, and critical to our ability to expand
Fluid to engage a larger part of our community. The tasks that move
the project substantially forward on this front should be
prioritized. These include wrapping up the Reorderer, focusing on
content management components and delivering the essential tools and
education to enable others to contribute their own components.
Over the past year it has become clear that Fluid can play a pivotal
role in moving Community Source software platforms forward. The
potential impact is even greater than we initially anticipated. We
look forward to the continued productive collaboration that will help
us realize this potential.
Jutta on behalf of the Fluid Board
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