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Introduction
Welcome to QDL!
 
Quick Disclosure Lite® (QDL) is an online content management system that brings powerful new capabilities to the Internet for creating, organizing, and navigating information. Unlike other systems, which typically only do one type of thing, QDL supports a wide variety of online activities, including:
  • Articles
    • QDL incorporates TinyMCE, a browser-based word processor that is the best in the business. If you can do it in HTML, you can do it in TinyMCE, including text, tables, lists, images, floating boxes, styles, etc., all using a standard word processor interface.
    • QDL also does automatic figure numbering, automatic citation numbering and reference lists, place names with links to the relevant maps, user-selectable measurement systems (metric, scientific, or imperial), automatic time-zone adjustments for times stored inside the text, and many other things to make it easy to author and maintain online literature.
  • Blogs
    • All of the same tools can be used in your personal space, to do blog material, essays, or whatever.
  • Forums
    • You can create your own forums and threads. And in QDL, if you started the thread, you moderate it. So if you're tired of restrictive rules on other sites, welcome to QDL, where you define the rules.
  • Chats
    • You can create your own chat rooms, for quick, conversational exchanges of information, and you control who gets to participate.
  • Calendars
    • All registered users get their own personal calendars, but you can also set up community calendars to coordinate activities within your workgroup or organization.
  • Email
    • You can set up an email client inside QDL, so that you can author emails with the same HTML editor that you use for your blog, for posting to threads, and for creating articles. You can set the email receiver to leave the emails on the server, in case you want to retrieve them in another system later.
  • Surveys
    • QDL makes it easy to ask a set of questions and get responses from people.
  • Graphics
    • QDL includes SVG-Edit, for online creation and editing of scalable vector graphics.
    • You can also plot XY values simply by pasting the tab-delimited data into a QDL post, and opting to generate a graph.
  • Code
    • Programmers can store source code in QDL, which will be displayed with the language-specific syntax highlighting. JS and PHP can even be executed, meaning that QDL's functionality can be extended without having to hack the package — you just write the code that does the bit that you need, post it to QDL where you want to see the results, and set the executable bit. Non-secure calls (e.g., PHP file I/O and JS cookies) are limited only to the extent necessary to guarantee security. To build a project, libraries that others have posted can be included without having to copy-n-paste the code.
  • Binaries
    • You can upload binary files to make them accessible to others, such as PDFs, DOCs, XLSs, ZIPs, etc.
  • Formats
    • Text files other than HTML can be stored and edited in native format, and will be displayed as HTML using the appropriate converter. The supported formats include: CSS, CSV, EML, HTML, JS, PAS, PHP, RIS, RSS, RTF, SQL, SVG, TAB, TXT, TeX, VCF, XML.
There are a number of advantages to using one software package for all of these things. First, the same set of tricks works for everything. So it doesn't matter whether you're authoring an article or an email — you use the same editor. Second, searches will find the material, regardless of the type of (non-binary) material that it is. Best of all, QDL allows you to organize all of this material however you see fit. So you can create a folder, and put any combination of articles, blogs, threads, etc., into that folder. In other words, QDL brings data-centricity to the Internet, wherein you don't have to go to a different place to do a different type of material — you can do anything you want, wherever you want. QDL folders are like Windows or Macintosh folders in that they can contain any type of material. When applied to online material, this means folders with HTML documents, JavaScripts, reports, and whatever else you want.
 
Furthermore, QDL makes it easy to embed other people's material inside yours. So if you see a table or list that you like, or an image, you don't have to copy-n-paste it — you just embed it. That way, if the original gets updated, your document gets updated (assuming you embedded the current version, and not a static archive version).
 
Further still, you can do private, workgroup, and public material in QDL, by controlling the rights to your posts. Rights can be assigned to individuals and/or groups, and the groups are user-defineable. So you can set up workgroup folders that only you and your friends/colleagues can see, where you post articles, have discussions, etc.
 
If you're not logged in right now, you're seeing a version of QDL that is highly optimized for search engines, and also suits anonymous PDA users very well. Essentially, it's a bare-bones HTML retrieval mode. But don't let the simplicity of this mode fool you. All of the features described above, and a whole lot more, become accessible once you log in. So sign up and check it out!
 

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