And so it begins...

So on Friday I had my initial meeting with Ray Welland about my solo project VisiSite.

We talked about the project in general and about what it is that I should be building. We decided that instead of building a tool which would be specific to visiualising and editing say HTML 1.0 or XHTML 1.1 Strict I would build a framework for such a tool. This framework would have pluggable parts which would then be used to create specific tools. For instance we will have plugins for parsing XHTML 1.1 Strict and for parsing HTML 1.0, we will also have plugins for editing HTML markup and PHP code. Through a combonation of these plugins we can visualise and edit a site written in HTML which has HTML 1.0 valid markup or edit a site written in PHP which generates XHTML 1.1 Strict markup. Having a pluggable framework will allow the software to be much more extensible than having a specific tool.

As well as deciding this we agreed that it would be useful to look at similar tools to see what types of tools are already existing. This will be worth doing not only to see what existing tools are available but also to see which facilities are available/lacking in them.

Other things we discussed were the general meeting times, and work I will do for next week. It was agreed that we would meet on Friday afternoons (a nice wind down to the week) and that by next week I would have produced a project plan and have a more strictly defined outline for the start of the project.

Best get on with it then,
- Chris