Pier v. Plone
renggli at iam.unibe.ch
Thu Aug 16 21:54:45 MEST 2007
> - Support/Community - there are 167 companies from 44 countries listed
> at plone.net who offer commercial support. I know there are a lot
> A lot of them help to improve Plone and/or write add ons.
> - Maturity - see the number of websites and how prominent some of them
> are that run with Plone (<http://plone.net/sites>).
> - Documentation - several books are available, you will find about 250
> documents alone at <http://plone.org/documentation> (useful and
> comprehensive, most of them up2date (what’s not the default for a
> community driven Open Source project). You can join an annual
> (325 attendees registered 2006).
I can hardly do anything about these points, other than using Pier
for all sites I am building myself (which I already do, of course).
This is also why Pier exists in the first place and where most
features come from.
> Parts that are more related to functionality where I see a gap:
> - Internationalization - Plone supports over 35 languages including
> right-to-left languages out of the box when it’s installed. It has a
> good i18n framework and with LinguaPlone you can add the same
> conent in
> whatever language you need.
If people provide translations that would be certainly a nice addition.
> - Availability of more than 100 add on products that can be used
> from an
> end user (you don’t need to be a developer). Examples are full
> web shops, message board systems, registration systems, newsletter
> integration (details at <http://plone.org/products>).
There is already a big number of extensions. Have a look at my
proposal  for the ESUG Innovation Awards 2007 . And don't
forget to vote for Pier, this will certainly help to further improve
> - Full-text Searching - all the content is searchable even Word or
> OpenOffice documents and PDF files (with add ons under Linux also for
> Excel and PowerPoint and other file types).
There is already a full-text search. It does not included uploaded
files though. If somebody would implement readers for those strange
binary formats, that would certainly be an easy thing to add to the
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