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eLife Joins Substance Consortium to Support Development of Open-Source Online Content-Editing Tools

Press Release | eLife | July 24, 2017

eLife is pleased to announce that we have joined a consortium of organisations committed to supporting Substance, a JavaScript library of tools for web-based content editing. As an open-source project first started in 2010, Substance provides the building blocks for realising custom text editors and web-based publishing systems that are critical in establishing an open-source ecosystem for knowledge creation and dissemination. The developers behind Substance – Michael Aufreiter and Oliver Buchtala – were key to the 2013 release of the eLife Lens Reader...

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Open Source Software Has to Sell User Experience

Mattermost does open source the right way. Open source software that is to succeed in this new world is going to have to be better than anything else. You can't sell just openness anymore; it is added value, not a unique selling point. Open source software now has to sell user experience. In a way it is a simpler metric, and probably one that is going to change open source forever—for the better. An exemplar of this new way is Mattermost, the open source messaging platform. Sure, they weren't first to the game, because Slack blazed the trail...