## Publishing math and graphics

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There has been active threads on easy ways to post Maple or math specific content - e.g. code snippets, good looking math, plots etc. This Web site will definitely be less effective if people are forced into cumbersome processes to put what most of us would consider to be "fundamental" information into their postings.

Theory has it that Maple is good at producing HTML code. For the original application that it was intended - i.e. creating self-contained Web pages, it works pretty well. Can this theory be extended to cover our MaplePrimes beta application. How easy is it to use Maple as the authoring environment to express some math and to do a plot and general HTML code that is useful for MaplePrimes?

## About the article rating boxes

Just out of curiosity, are we actually intending on using the content rating tools, or are they there as part of the default Drupal installation? I ask because the rating boxes (e.g. here) take up a reasonable amount of screen space, and never seem to go away, even after one rates the page. I would expect the rating box to go away or change after I've rated something. At the moment I find the rating boxes distracting, since I'm more interested in the user-provided text.

## Units...

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Well, I've been working on a units poster for some time now... Okay, so this isn't the same as some of the blogs which are currently posted, but c'est la vie. I recall thinking how close g (= 9.80665) was to π, and only now do I learn that that is more than coincidence. When the French came up with the metre, I guess they wanted something very close to three Parisian feet, and there were at least two possibilities: 1/10 000 000 the distance from the North Pole to the Equator or the length of a pendulum which has a half period of 1 s. As it turned out, they picked the former, but as both were close appropximations to the same standard, it ended up that `≈`(sqrt(g/m), pi/s), and thus, solving for g, we get that `≈`(g, pi^2).

## Welcome to MaplePrimes!

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Hello everyone and welcome to MaplePrimes. My name is William Spaetzel and I am the guy who did most of the technical work behind this website.

## Welcome to MaplePrimes!

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Hello everyone and welcome to MaplePrimes. My name is William Spaetzel and I am the guy who did most of the technical work behind this website.

## Test of Maple Syntax Input Format

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This is just a test
> x <> 23!!
>>> x^@

## "My account" info

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Under "my account" there seems to be no easy way of listing all of my recent posts (of all types). There's only an option to list recent blogs. Most of my content are either forum posts or stories as proper blogs are not one of the default content options that I'm given. T4.

## Creative Commons Licensing

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You can now choose to add a Creative Commons license for all posts that you make to MaplePrimes. At the bottom of the posting page you will find a new section that lets you choose the different uses of your content that you will allow. To learn all about Creative Commons licensing, check out http://creativecommons.org/learnmore.

## Font/colour combinations could be improved

I find the font/colour combinations make posts a bit hard to read sometimes.
1. The title colour for comments and times is a light grey, while the colour of comment text is a darker grey. These can be hard to read against a white background. With occasional exceptions, non-coloured text against a white background should be black for maximum contrast.
2. Distinct comments should be visually separated from each other somehow, either by a horizontal bar or by using a different background colour for comment headers. (The latter is what is done, for example on Slashdot).

## Links to outside of Maple Primes open a new window...

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Presently, any links outside of the Maple Primes site open in the same window. Would it be possible to have the external links open in a different windows. This way once done viewing the external link the window can be closed and there is still a Maple Primes session window open. Presenly, one must backspace out of the external site to get back to Maple Primes. Any thoughts on this? JB

## Need to offer additional message formatting modes

According to the information on message formatting, all posts are formatted using HTML tags. This will prove problematic for people posting snippets of Maple input, which is likely to happen often. For example: ========================================================= > p := piecewise(x

## A room with a view

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This post is primarily a test of attaching pictures and documents within the environment. If this works, you should see a photo of the view from our rental apartment during my family's recent holiday in Tuscany, and you should be able to access a Maple document via the attachment. Any problems in viewing or detaching, contact me. Any questions on the apartment, see www.toscanacasevacanza.com.