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Re: [PeerLibrary dev] Some ideas how to contribute

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  • From: Mitar < >
  • To: PeerLibrary development < >
  • Subject: Re: [PeerLibrary dev] Some ideas how to contribute
  • Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:32:05 -0700


One more:

If you know C/C++, this is for you. :-)


> Hi!
> I know that it is hard to get the feeling what is more or less important
> from all the tickets and milestones, so I brainstormed few ideas what I
> think could be good ways to contribute to PeerLibrary development. Some
> things are quite tricky, though.
> - implement user notifications (so that if somebody replies to your
> annotation you get feedback) (I will probably start working on this soon)
> - move to Meteor Blaze (we are still using old rendering engine)
> - upgrade PDF.js to newest version
> (, this should be more or
> less straightforward, they did change API for text extraction, so we
> would have to adapt this on the client (where we use it for selection)
> and server (where we use it for full text search), they claim they also
> fixed that all errors are reported through promises, so our hacks of
> intercepting console.log could be maybe removed
> - I optimized a bit loading time, but we could further analyze if we can
> remove things, we have some dead code and libraries we are not using or
> have them multiple times in
> - check unnecessary rerenderings and optimize (maybe we should first
> wait for transition to new rendering engine), we have
> settings-debug.json available which colors everything which is
> rerendered so you can observe what is happening
> - try to use pdf2htmlEX instead of PDF.js
> - upgrade Scribe to new version + we opened few GitHub tickets which are
> waiting on our feedback + improve the way of doing links (currently it
> is really hard to replace content of the link without)
> - change how highlights are done (so that they don't have authors)
> - change how collections are done
> (
> - improve how highlights are drawn
> (
> - if PDF has existing annotations when imported, we should convert them
> to our annotations, and strip PDF of them when caching
> - allow downloading the PDF with embedded annotations (because otherwise
> currently it is hard to export annotations or print the publication)
> - normalize the PDF on the server (reorder the text layer so that it
> works better when selecting)
> - zoom, page rotation, support PDFs with various page sizes
> - create Docker images for PeerLibrary and dependencies
> - math mode in editor
> - we have logo, we need business cards now
> - when one focus a highlight or annotation we should improve how we show
> that and we should scroll to it
> - we have to create a whitepaper explaining the idea behind PeerLibrary,
> annotate it, and then have it as an example
> - we improved how text selection is done in PDF.js and this should be
> sent upstream (
> - integration of ElasticSearch for full-text search
> If you are interested in anything of this, say and I can tell a bit more.
> Mitar


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