I have what seems like a typical usage scenario for users downloading, editing and uploading a document from a web page.
- User clicks a link to download a document
- User edits downloaded file
- User saves the file
- User goes back to the web page and uploads the new file with the changes
The problem is that downloaded files are typically saved in a temporary directory, so it can be difficult to find the file after it is saved. The application is for very non-technical users, and I can already imagine the problems with saved files being lost or the wrong versions being uploaded.
Is there a better way? Things I’ve thought about:
- Using Google Docs or something similar.
Problems: forcing users to use new
application with less features,
importing legacy content, setting up
accounts for everyone to edit a
- Using WebDAV to serve the files. Not sure how this would work exactly, but seems like it should be possible
- Some kind of Flash or Java app that manages downloads and uploads. Not sure if these even exist.
- User education 🙂
If it matters, the files will be mostly Word and Powerpoint documents.