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Project Orange

Published on Wednesday, 23 March 2005

With the push towards accessibility within Mambo, Absalom Media has sought to deliver key tools to help deliver tableless, accessible design for our clients and users.

So this is the concept: "Project Orange", Mambo 4.5 remixed and reborn into something that allows current component, module and template developers from 4.5.1 onwards to use their technologies in tandem.

Currently we are forking Mambo 4.5.0.x to be a completely tableless and fully accessible build base, using current design techniques to restyle and revision the Mambo 4.5.x buildbase into something greater than the sum of it's parts. This project differs from the xMambo?project in that it is seeking to allow backward and forward compatiblility?with Mambo 4.5.x architecture through to hopefully Mambo 5.x.

The long term plan is to have a completely tableless CSS build for both frontend and backend, based on the two stable build bases - Mambo and the Mambo 4.5.x series.

Absalom Media plans to restyle the backend signify that "Project Orange" remains a custom fork based on the Mambo architecture. Design layouts for the backend administration would be appreciated, even in basic wireframes and mockups.

Furthermore, better SEF integration in a style similar to what is running on Absalom Media, along with accesskey management and better metadata handling, including dynamic Dublin Core componentry, are scoped for the project. These additions and revisions will require restyling of the backend administrations areas so multiple areas of the same project can be consolidated.

Absalom Media will be be taking a project management role in this as it is simply too much work to fork across 2 complete builds as is. Hosting and development would take place on Mamboforge under the GPL licence, providing open development of an accessibility architecture. We are looking for designers, coders and testers to help facillitate this project.

"Project Orange" is, however, a conceptual name for this project. Suggestions for a new name will be accepted immediately, until such demand that we start polling people for the best title.

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