[Imc-uk-process] the new publish form and multimedia
mini_mouse at riseup.net
Tue Feb 21 08:00:59 PST 2006
At 11:43 am +0000 21/2/06, rampART wrote:
>" upload media-files (supported are jpg|gif|mp3|avi|qt|mpeg)"
I think photography should be considered in a different way to radio
and video, because as it is such an accessible medium you don't need
to be an enthusiast to join in. I mean, everyone takes snaps at
parties or on holiday, compared to how many broadcast radio or edit
So on that basis, publish forms for reports containing photographs
should be easier. Why say "upload media files" when you could say
"Choose Picture" and "Send Article"?
>When mentioning the max file size we should say that if you need to
>upload larger files you should use the FTP server and consider using
>video.indymedia.org or radio.indymedia.org
No need for "max file size" on the photo page, just good guidelines
on how to reduce the dimensions and filesize.
>"Title 1 (optional)"
Should read "Caption (Describe what's happening in the picture)"
>Personally I'd like to see publish pages specific to the media type
>being uploaded so that the help text can be tailors specifically to
>the needs of that medium and those users.
>For example, photographers might need advice about resizing,
>preferred formats (we should be promoting .png right?) and
>compression levels along with the important of full information and
I did write a help section on this about three months back and it's
no doubt on some wiki somewhere but even I can't find it and I know
about it. I feel help sections should definitely be on the publish
pages, even if only as links from there to the wiki. Presumably
they'd have to open new windows (the horror!!!) or each time you
accessed the help page and returned to the form it'd have cleared
And "no" to .png. Publish pages should help people get their stuff
published easily and just about every app that comes with a camera or
is resizing freeware on the web uses jpg. MIR supports it (I
presume) so it's fine if someone who already knows what they're doing
converts to .png but I wouldn't want to try and encourage this with
If a consensus developed that we'd have separate publish forms for
each medium I'd be happy to put in the time and write the whole
photography thing, but I wouldn't really want to do it until that
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