KoalaRainbow :: README
KoalaRainbow is a visualization engine for MovableType. It
consists of a query language that allows users a good deal of freedom
to construct the data they wish to visualize, and a procedural
mechanism for visualizing that data. At some point the query
language may be exposed so that it can be used to output text via tags,
but that has not happened yet.
KoalaRainbow's name is derived from a Sealab 2021 quote by Captain
Murphy: "It's like a koala crapped a rainbow in my brain."
Please consult the other documentation available
for a more thorough explanation of KoalaRainbow's functionality and how
to use it.
- XPath-like query language supporting arbitrary queries with
partial evaluation and constraint propagation of expressions to DB
- Support for client-side image map generation.
- Circles/Ellipses, Squares/Rectangles, and Lines!
- Possibly Pretty! (see examples)
KoalaRainbow requires the presence of Image::Magick (home).
Although some effort has been made to try and allow for multiple
rendering engines to be used, ImageMagick is the only one currently
supported at this time. Since it is the full-featured choice for
thumbnail generation for MT, hopefully you will already have it
If you want to use the "Query lab" and see the output of your queries,
you will need Data::Dump, but it is not a requirement for successful
operation of the system.
KoalaRainbow requires MovableType 3.0.
KoalaRainbow is tarred up so that if you untar it in the root of your
mt installation, everything should go in the right place. (The
root of your mt installation is where mt.cfg and mt.cgi live.) It
should expand like so:
If you wish to copy these manually from a staging dir, go wild, but you
should be safe extracting in the root of the install.
*lots of stuff*
*lots of stuff*
KoalaRainbow: Copyright 2004, Andrew Sutherland.
KoalaRainbow is licensed under the LGPL. A copy of the LGPL is
included in COPYING.html.
Patches will be gladly accepted. All patches must be under the
LGPL or a compatible license. There are no plans to ever release
KoalaRainbow after this point as anything other than under the LGPL, so
LGPL'd patches are fine.
Homepage / Getting New Versions
My personal website is at www.onlythewind.org.
I haven't yet hit upon a permanent scheme for the layout of the site,
but for now you can probably assume that you can find news at www.onlythewind.org/mt/ and
downloads at www.onlythewind.org/koalarainbow/files/.
Author Contact Info
I can be reached at concat('sombrero', $bam, 'alum', $kapow, 'mit',
$kapow, 'edu'), where $bam is '@' and $kapow is '.'.
Copyright 2004, Andrew Sutherland