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I want one button publishing from the editor of my choice, to the web server of my choice.

By Andrew Pollack on 09/28/2005 at 12:24 PM EDT

I want one button publishing from the editor of my choice, to the web server of my choice. All the talk of standards, of service based sites, and content driven applications hasn’t gotten me there at all.

I’m not talking here, of using my Notes client to create content for my Domino server – which is something I’ve done for years. I’m also not talking about “Save as web page” to a drive and linking to it, etc. IBM has a way to do this (kind of) in Notes. Microsoft is closer to addressing the need (which fits their model better, so far) but you have to completely tie yourself to Microsoft products from one end to the other—and they all have to be kept up to date.

JSR-170 should support having a secure place to PUT things, but that’s only part of the solution. Webdav ( is the most serious attempt but I don’t see the kind of rapid uptake that tells me its going anywhere soon.

Why? I want to click a button in Word, or Notes, or Notepad for that matter and “print” what I’m working on to a website of my choosing using a standardized protocol. The process needs to support a save-time query from the server back to me, which prompts me to fill out a form which gets sent back with the content. The form could be anything, but likely would include all the meta-data the server sides needs to know for managing the new content. By this I mean the start and end dates where the content should be visible, subject and category data to fit the content into the site, A list of users and groups on the server to choose from to indicate who can see the content, owner contact information so someone is responsible for the content, and whatever else the server side wants to know. The server side may also build in workflow for content approval and so on, once the content is uploaded. Good back end servers would probably include “CVS” style version control tools.

So where is this standard?

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