At 12:06 PM 8/21/03 +1200, Richard Grevers wrote:
At the moment we run a Current events page which covers
an entire month.
We also have a page for each date which covers significant historical
events, with greater depth for recent events.
However, neither of these systems has the capacity to allow in depth
coverage of happenings.
At present the current events page has 10-20 stories per day, and even at
that rate the page is rather large. Which really limits it to the sort of
stories that are goign to make world news headlines bulletins, and not the
sort of place I feel is appropriate to add a smaller story such as, for
example, the New Zealand Govt. enacting a major revamp of its Trade Mark laws.
(Of course not all news stories are tied to a significant date, but a
large proportion are).
So why don't we start a page for each actual day, for example
20th_August_2003 (please, no flame wars over the date format at this
stage!). At up to 30kb each these allow plenty of capacity for headlines
of news stories from all over the world, and the only links we would need
on the home page would be "Today" "This Week" and "This
I'd like to keep the quick-summary style current events entries.
It would also allow for more sensible linking of dates
in articles -
instead of linking [[August_20|20th August]] [] or (whatever it is)
we could have a single link to that day's page.
Much of the time, what's important in those links is the year: that someone
was born in
(for example) 1877 tells us something about the times in which that person