Proposal:Separate content from style
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Today we have one application (Mediawiki) doing two distintict tasks:
- manage the database (the content)
- translate (render) the database information into an html page (the style)
but I think that it's better if these two tasks will be separated.
- One application that manage the database with API via web (get an article, modify an article, ...)
- A lot of different applications to display (and to edit) articles. These software will work on the web but also locally.
web User <--> local application <---> core application <--> database API User to local application: "I want the article New_York_City" local application to core application: "Give me the page "New_York_City", I'm User, my password is ... " core application to database: "SELECT ... FROM ... WHERE ..." core application: "User has privileges to read "New_York_City" " core application to local application: "<article name="New_York_City">'''New York city''' is a [[city]] ...</article>" local application to user render the xml to a nice text (for example, but not necessary, an html page)
the local software can also be a web application.
We need to switch to third millenium... mediawiki is too old. If we have api we can develop a lot of "local software", and not only one.
We can do applications that do something different from read/write, for example we can develop applications that do statistics, automatic edits, ...
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