Silex website builder

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Silex
Silex carbon logo.jpg
Developer(s) Alexandre Hoyau, Pierre Teissière, Pol Goasdoué, founders
Stable release 1.6 Carbon / September 2010
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Flash CMS
License GPL
Website Silex official website

Silex is a free website builder, that can be used directly in the browser. The skills needed to edit a website depend on what needs to be done : use the drag and drop / WYSIWYG interface to intuitively edit a website, or the integrated CSS and Javascript editors to add styles and interactivity to the elements.[1][2]

History[edit]

  • Founded in 2003 by Alexandre Hoyau, Pol Goasdoué and Pierre Teissière. The project is oriented towards video and cross media.[3]
  • In 2005, the version v0-6 is presented at the WWDC2005 in Cupertino California.[4] Apple is interested in Flash capacity to compete with their QuickTime plug-in. Macromedia has just been acquired by Adobe, Apple’s main partner.
  • In 2006, the program was presented in several conferences at La Villette and won a challenge organized by Dauphine high school with INRIA - French National institute for research in computer science and control. The program at this time was mainly used for freelancers small projects.
  • In 2007, Silex source code officially released as open source[5]
  • In 2008, Silex was among the 100 first Open Source projects on SourceForge. Silex v1 is released.[6][7]
  • In 2009, Silex was project of the month on SourceForge.[8] The program was presented Silex at several French conference: Futur en Seine,[9] Les Trophées du Libre,[10] Pas sage en Seine,[11] Wikiplaza [12]
  • In 2010, the team members formalized their cooperation by creating a non profit organization for promotion, deployment support, and development of open source software projects related to Silex and Open Source Flash.[13] The organization became the official maintainer of AMFPHP, a mature communautary project.[14]
  • In 2012, Silex has reached the 100.000 downloads.[15] And the team has made a dedicated version for HTML, the html5 editor,[16] which was downloaded 1000 times on the first month.[17]

Features[edit]

Functionalities:[18]

  • WYSIWYG environment to edit a publication with drag and drop
  • HTML, CSS and javascript code editors included
  • suitable for prototyping
  • web based, can be installed locally, on a web server or as a portable app
  • free templates and plugins

Criticism[edit]

Since it is associated with the Flash platform, Silex is not well accepted by the open source fanatics.[19] It is mainly because Flash is not standard and therefore is not readable on some platforms, and it does not play well with assistive technologies.[20] The team said that the next version will also output HTML5, which would change all this.[21]

Silex has always had performances problems.[citation needed] This is because it is a mix of several technologies, including ActionScript 2 and javascript, which are known to be slow.[citation needed] And also it has a heavy framework inspired by traditional CMS.

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