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To Do and Bugs
Wishlist and known issues in stapeliads.info
Document Revision 1.0
First Edited October, 5th, 2005
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Known bugs and issues
First of all, and most important, all stapeliad.info is in beta
testing so expect bugs more or less in every part of the site.
If you do experience a bug (or what you think is a bug) please
check the below list and, if it's not there, get in touch
with the webmaster, filing a bug report with as much detail as
- Spelling errors [mostly everywhere]. Well,
more than a bug with the system this is a bug with our brains.
Loukie and I are not native english speakers - and, by the way,
most work has been done during endless nights - there surely
are many spelling errors and mistakes. Please report them to
- Misaligned display [occasional]. It sometimes happens that
the tables and borders are misaligned and all "squeezed" to the right
end of the screen. I have been unable to determine if this is an
issue with the layout or with the browser, given its highly casual
happening. If you find a way to replicate this is a stable way
please contact the webmaster.
- MSIE Issues [several]. For those out there who are not techies,
Microsoft Internet Explorer is well known for being a very bad browser.
It has huge security holes (allowing spyware and viruses to silently
install in your computer) and it still lacks full conformance with the
international standards set by the W3C Consortium. This is the consequence
of the politics of Microsoft, which refuses to acknowledge the experience,
achievements and standards when these do not come from Microsoft, and
which goes on moving with extreme boldness. Stapeliads.info has been
written in full accordance with present standards. Some pages if viewed from MSIE
will appear strange or with some inconsistecies - PNG icons will not
show properly and some div and tags will present errors. Solution:
upgrade to firefox.
- Password problem [real?]. Two users experienced a strange
problem with their login and password (apparently on firefox). They
wanted to login, they supplied their correct credentials, the system
recorded their access as valid, still they do not appear to be logged
in. I have been unable to reproduce this bug - if anyone experiences
similar problems and can reproduce the bug constantly please get
in touch with the webmaster. Hypothesis: a problem with the browser
cookies or password manager - could be resolved by clearing all
browser caches (including password and cookies), quitting the
browser and starting it again.
Wish List and incomplete features
Database - Specimen Data Cleanup.
Status: in progress.
Completion: Always on progress...
Description: We have put a great deal of effort working on the
site to open it to the public as soon as possible. Loukie in particular
has really spent his last year uploading pictures and data while I
was working on the database structure. We have decided to work at
the same time to speed things up - but with the disadvantage that
most of the uploaded data (especially the ones uploaded with the
first releases of the database structure) do not fully "fit" in
the last database tree - so part of the data is repeated, while
part is still hidden. In particular many SI entities are duplicated
and refer to the same entity. We will merge and cleanup data in
the next weeks. The quality of the SI data should increase
noticeably before the end of the year. Even if this work
is in progress you are already able to upload proposals and
notes to the database and to fully access it.
Synonymy database and routines.
Completion: No forecast. Depends on contributed synonym tables.
Description: PAN/IPNI provide stapeliads.info with
a very strong base on which to determine and classify all stapeliads. PAN is
also able to determine if a name is a revision of a previously published name,
a basionym for a new name or a new species - all this information is included
or can be determined from the IPNI tables. What still lacks from IPNI and
PAN is a list of "true"
names (names referring to actual botanical entities) and synonyms. This is
a rather difficult task to achieve since which names are
valid and which are synonyms is decided by single authors on the base
of their knowledges. This means that it is impossible to build a universally
valid synonymy table - what for author X is a valid species for author Y
is a synonym, so who wins? The key is building different synonymy tables
according to different authors - then every site user will decide which
author to follow. We're working on this complex tool, but this is still
under construction since we still lack the synonymy lists. If you want
to provide a synonymy list according to a given author or publication
please do so and get in touch with us.
Articles and "Stapeliads According to..." section.
Status: Waiting for articles.
Description: One of our dreams is stapeliads.info to become a
repository with many good articles regarding stapeliads.
We are always waiting for new articles, specifically written for
our site or previously published on magazines and journals. One of
the things we would like to build is a set of articles each one
written by a different stapeliad grower or enthusiast, in which
he or she speaks about his or her experience with such plants.
We do think that instead of supplying just one article on stapeliads,
having the perspective of many different people will give the reader
a complete picture of this world, in which the reader will be
encouraged to find his or her own way.
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