This document provides rough notes about some aspects of the requirements which the system is intended to meet, and indications as to the outstanding requirements. See also the system's master QA document.
The Project has evolved, with the documents being retrofitted. So this document describes the current state of the system and the outstanding requirements. In addition the business model has changed from an advertising and associate based model to a direct selling model.
Bibliomania Ltd is an Oxford based private limited company.
Bibliomania has been in existence for some while. The current site evolved out of a plain HTML site.
The site has had a large injection of capital, the pressing business need is to establish a sizable income stream. Income is expected to be generated from the following:
See http://www.memoware.com/mw-helpm.htm for a useful list of converters.
The users who are going to interact with the system fall into the following categories:
Text preparation people
Bibliomania editorial team
The input texts are split into files by chapter. The Chapter files are then split into pages using TeX to determine the page breaks.
See 30221, 30224, 30230, 30267.
The old site used directory based URLs of the form Section/Author/Book/, initialliy it would be good to ensure that these redirects were case insensitive. In the longer run the noframes sites should revert to the path based URLs.
The external factors influencing the choice of OS, language, hardware, software are:
Price and performance: Only free, Open source software is to be used.
The external factors influencing the performance required of the system are:
The system must be able to support 20,000 hits per day.
The external factors influencing the security required of the system are:
The system should be maintained in an up-to-date fashion, so that loopholes and known exploits are guarded against.
The external factors influencing the robustness required of the system in the face of poor user/admin input are:
The system should not allow incorrect usage to mess it up.
The external factors influencing the stability required of the system are:
Stability is not crucial, however the caching machanism means that that the site continues to function even when the servlet runner has died.
There appears to be a small bug, where pagination fails for a book without an index.wm even when the book has noFrontPage set, unless the book also has paginated set.
The FTI system for searching books must have the following features:
The ability to search for contiguous phrases as well as individual words is considered essential.
End-of-word wildcards (for rough stem searching) are considered nice for advanced users but not critical.
Contextual presentation of search results, as Google and htdig do but Altavista does not, is considered essential.
Restriction to particular areas: a single author, book or chapter.
There are two separate searches on thr system: one of the text of the books, the other on the data held about the books. The two searches are identical in functionailty but take their source from the texts and teh database respecively.
If the user selects '0' as the number of hits per document then the default (5) is used.
A standard PanEris shopping trolley is grafted on to Bibliomania by adding a book key to the Product table.
We intend to start adding many more books by a range of different publishers. The fufillment partner will be different depnding on both publisher and location of purchaser.
We will try to keep the combinations to as few as possible. At the moment the following list the possibilities:
So the program that generates the purchase order that gets sent to the fufillment centre will need to recognise both publisher and location (country) of purchaser. In fact it will only need to distinguish between US and Non-US delivery addresses.
For now we intend to use secure trading for processing all purchases.
Currently only books from the publisher Stratus are sold.
It is intended to record lectures given by selected Oxford academics. These lectures to be recorded on a handheld MP3 recorder. The lectures will be associated with the apropriate Study guide.
See Bibliomania CD and its thread.
The requirement for a biliomania CD is still fluid, but the idea is that one should be able to sell a CD which replicates, as nearly as possible, the experience of the site.
Bibliomania did not originally its own physical fulfilment service, but is affiliated with the major online book retailers; the Comparison shopper uses the toolkits they provide to offer a tailored and context-sensitive service for Bibliomania's user base.
Stopping people getting sucked away by the booksellers' sites. It's likely that the affiliate toolkits make it easy up to a point to put together (for example) "Amazon-like" pages which still have Bibliomania content/links on.
Context-sensitivity. The "Buy" links which lead from the book content pages to the shop should be tailored according to the context at the appropriate level. For instance, if you are looking at the Dickens page, you get taken to a page of links to the retailers' own Dickens pages. At a lower level, if you are looking at Great Expectations, you are led to their information about Great Expectations. At a higher level, you might be taken to their Classics page (if there is one).
Tracking user activity. Exactly what's possible/interesting depends on the details of the affiliate programs.
Currently the comparision shopper is not active, it should be set up as a separate site.
Essays and study guides are not sold through the site. They are available for free, but only to registered users. The demand-driven login capability of Melati (PanEris's application framework) is well suited to providing this protection; the functionality will be the same as that of paneris.org.
The current, frames based design evolved from one designed by Januzzi Smith. It is now generated when alterations are made to the database. There are mechanisms to ensure that pages are only viewed within the frameset.
See No frames Version
There is a requirement to create a new version of the site, which may replace or live alongside the current version, this version to be navigable by the old style URLs and to employ a tree based navigation scheme so that no frames are required.
The current texts are HTML fragments, whose only validation has been that they look OK in a browser and that they can be interpretted by the HotJava parser. All texts should be validated using an SGML validating parser and the errors corrected.
There is a requirement to produce pages showing the state of the db. For example a page showing for all nullable fields in the database, the percentage which are not null, possibly in graphical form. A page showing all Books with/out a TOC. A page showing Units which have been modified since last they were encached.
Although the cache is deleted prior to a complete re-run, it is still possible for webmacro errors to slip through. A script to grep the cache for webmacro errors is required.
The system looks for a file called index.wm in the book directory. If that file does not exist then a default TOC is created from the books chapters. In many instances the index.wm is redundant, in as much as it is not any different from the generate text, and so can be deleted.
We already have Collected French Verse, which has issues with regard to character encodings (see
We also have permission to publish a large number of Brazilian (Portuguese) documents (see Brazilian texts).
I am of the opinion that we should build separate sites for each languagem, ie lose the french text and setup two separate sites for French and Portuguese.
All Unit fields should have the user who last modified them added.
A more general tree structure should be considered, to avoid reference books being input at authors and to remove the need for 'nofrontpage' flags.
See Email Lists. A function to select users who have opted into email alerts and send them emails.
Currently TimP takes a snapshot of the source data and writes it to CD. Ideally a snapshot of the cache, a dump of the db and the whole of the CVS tree whould also be backed up.
To sell advertising we need statistics on page impressions broken down by Sectiongroup.
A record of the searches made on the engine needs to be kept to give us an idea of its typical usage. This record should also give an indication of the number of hits found.
Bibliomania currently have a number of email addresses administered by Maytech. These need to be transferred to a domain under Bibliomania's control. We need to determine which machine this should be: the dev machine or the live machine.
The following email addresses are required:
A list of all messageboards available, browsable from top down is required.
Replies to emails from the messageboards are not currently set up.
See message 37820.
Top level boards:
Comments - General comments
Press - Press releases
Technical - The technical side of bibliomania
Group related boards: Read = Favourite Classics - Tell fellow Bibliomaniacs your favourite classic texts
Study = General Revision - General revision/help questions
Shop = Book Shop - Discuss what authors/books you would like to see in the shop
Section Related boards: Teachers - Share experiences/resources in teaching english, literature and e-education (this board already exists)
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