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Cdml Hotspots

The hotspots display combines read and write access statistics to display the current focus of interest within a wiki community. This is often used on the FrontPage to add a dynamic element to the wiki.

Example:

[[hotspots]]

main focus (age: 0 seconds)
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Notes:

  • red is used for write accesses (edits)
  • blue is used for read accesses
  • the current timespan for statistics is 8*24 hours
  • the hotspot statistic is recalculated every 20 minutes
  • the ordering is according to read accesses
  • typically accesses to standard pages (like FrontPage, TestPage or RecentChanges) are filtered and hidden

Parameters

  • title: changes the standard title of the hotspot display
    • e. g. [title=Focus Of Interest@2] (@2 extends the title to both columns; see CdmlTable)
  • count: limits the number of pages that are displayed (default: 12, max: 50)
    • e. g. [count=10]
  • amplitude: changes the maximum width of the statistical bars (default: 200)
    • e. g. [amplitude=300]
  • table layout parameters: CdmlHotspots builds on CdmlTable, so you can use most of its layout parameters
    • e. g. [linecolor=black]

Configuration

You can configure a reduction factor for pages that get abnormally high access rates (maybe you are hit by some article that links to a certain page). See an example for such a configuration in Context.

hotspots.fac.QuickSort=0.3

An administrator can use "action=bhs" to rebuild the hotspot-display immediately to reflect such changes.

Examples

 [[hotspots][titlebackground=lightgreen][textbackground=lightyellow][padding=3]
 [count=5][title=current focus@2]]

current focus
current focus
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Help
HelpDesk
CdmlCalendar/200412
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 [[hotspots][titlebackground=lightblue][distance=10][padding=7][linewidth=1]
 [linecolor=black][count=7][title=pages, write/read access][amplitude=300]]

pageswrite/read access
pages write/read access
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CdmlCalendar/200412
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CdmlToc


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