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LEGACY SNAPSHOT: Atomate Information Feeds

Intro to info Feeds & Entries

An Entry contains your content, like a file might contain a wordprocessing document. Feeds are containers for Entries, and as such are akin to folders or directories in a file system. Another way of thinking about an Entry is as an email message. With this analogy, Feeds would be email folders.


A Feed is normally displayed as a series of it's Entries in latest-first order (reverse chronological). Each Entry in the Feed may be displayed in several layouts or styles. There will always be a clickable Title line, clicking it will display that Entry as a page on it's own.

What follows the Title in the Feed is dependent on the style & configuration settings of the Feed. Normally, if a Summary has been entered for the Entry, it will appear after the Title. With no Summary available, either an initial extract or the whole of the Content will appear. Again, dependent on Feed settings, an Entry status line may be included.

The status line might show the Entry's Draft status, when last Updated, by which Author / Contributor, and a More... link to the Entry page (as per the link on the Title).

At the end of the Feed there may appear other sections, such as Related-links. If the Feed has Media or Document repositories, these may well appear in the Related-links panel. Clicking the links will visit the pages.


An Entry display page normally has a heading which identifies the Feed it belongs to. Then there is a Title, which is generally followed by the Content of the Entry. With some Feed style & layout settings, the Summary may be visible or may be shown via a show/hide toggle button.

As with Feeds, Related-links and other sections are (potentially) present in Entries. These may be displayed at the end of the Entry's textual content.

Entries have a Draft status indicator. When an Entry is in draft mode it does not appear in the version of the Feed that most viewers see. Authors and Contributors of a draft Entry can access a "server" version of the Feed where the draft Entries are visible. From that Feed the draft Entries are available for further editing. When an Entry is ready for the wider audience the Draft status can be un-checked and it will then appear in the standard Feed display.

Going to the "server" version of a Feed or Entry will require you to authenticate yourself. You'll be prompted by a dialogue requiring your username and password. Once you are identified via authentication, a check that you are authorised to create/edit Entries is made. If you don't have the authority to author, you'll get a Not authorised message.


authiconsAuthoring is the process of creating new Entries or editing existing Entries. On standard Atomate style pages, there is a Authoring/Edit icon at the top-right of the content area, and at the bottom-right of the page. The icon comes in two versions. The "phantom" Authoring icon authicon which, when clicked, will display the editable version of the Feed/Entry. This editable version makes draft Entries visible in Feeds and for Entries displays their full contents. The "bolder" Edit icon editicon indicates that you are viewing an editable view of the Entry. Clicking the Edit icon will pop-up the Atomate Editor window for editing an existing Entry.

In a Feed the authoring process is the creation of a new Entry. As with Entries, clicking the Authoring icon authicon with bring up an editable version, with the New icon newicon replacing the Authoring icon. Clicking the New icon will pop-up the Atomate Editor window for creating a new Entry.

Media & Document repositories

The Atomate system makes two repositories available to you. They are not just a good way of collecting and organising your resources and making them web accessible. They make these resources available within your Entries.

The Media repository is the place to store your images, video, sound, podcasts, etc.. It is recommended that you store any media you may wish to insert or reference in your Entries in the Media repository.

The Document repository is the place to store your documents. Documents in the repository can be more reliably referenced from any Entries you create. In future releases it may be possible to process imported documents making them directly available as web pages. Such processing can perform "intelligent" extraction of textual data.

When resources (files) are imported to a repository an associated Entry is created. The Entry acts as Content-link to the media or document. It makes the Summary field available for a description or notes on the resource. The Title field can be amended to give the resource a more meaningful or different name.

The Media and Document Entries are collected together in corresponding Feeds. In effect your resources are "published". From these Feeds the resource Entries and can be edited in the same way as normal Entries.


You will occasionally need to do some administratve work on your Feeds and Entries. The most common task probably being to Delete an Entry. Not something to be done lightly as it can result in unpopular "broken" links.


There is a feedback page available from all pages in the Atomate system. The Feedback icon feedback can be found at the top-right of pages. Clicking the icon will display a feedback form that can be used by your page viewers to pass comments back to you via email. It is also the means by which you can pass comments to the developer of the Atomate system.

It is likely that a full-blown commenting system will be built-in to Atomate in the future.

To be continued: Feed and Entry consumption...

To be continued: Access and Authorisation...

Updated: 13-Feb-2007 21:51 by: Ray Burnley
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