6The question is not whether to pursue such a product, but rather what to do with it(53) Now, my issue does not revolve around academic debates as to whether online outlining is useful enough to pursue, or to how to accomplish it. But rather, what to do with such technology.
•Software evaulationResearched whether I could improve project communication by using existing tools. Came up dissatisfied.
•Schema designStarting drafting database schemas for online discussion systems.
•1998-2000Discussed the topic with friends and collegues, trying to see whether my ideas had any merit.
•September 2000Finally got decent buy-in from someone who likes to organize information and runs complex projects where efficient communication is essential. Was encouraged enough to begin work on a prototype.
•March 2001Made significant headway in my R&D effort.
•Database is either Access or SQL ServerAccess might be useful for client-side installations. The system performs well on Access, so long as the database stays around ~10's of MB rather than 100 or more.
•To read outlines, use Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or OperaWebkit now properly handles Webdings This bug was a sore point for me for years--my expand and contract arrows are Webdings rather than images to allow entire webpages to be saved off for offline access. Now Webkit is fixed. Nice!
•To edit outlines, use Internet Explorer for WindowsCross-browser editing is within reach. Just a few DOM bugs to fix, I;m hoping.