Midgard Create, a generic web editing interface for any CMS
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Create - On-site web editing interface

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Create, from the Midgard Project, is a comprehensive web editing interface for Content Management Systems. It is designed to provide a modern, fully browser-based HTML5 environment for managing content. Create can be adapted to work on almost any content management backend.

Midgard Create user interface, in March 2011 Midgard Create user interface, in March 2011

Create.js is built on top for VIE, the semantic interaction library powered by Backbone.js. The widgets in Create.js itself are done with the jQuery UI tools.


  • Making RDFa-annotated content on pages editable
  • Managing collections of content (add, remove)
  • Local, in-browser storage and retrieval of unsaved content
  • Adaptable connector for communicating with the back-end system
  • Running workflows (approval, etc.) for content items
  • Browsing and reverting content history
  • Easy rebranding of the interface with some CSS

Integrating Create with your CMS

Please refer to the Create.js Integration Guide.

Future plans


  • Hallo - distraction-free content editor (optionally, Aloha Editor)
  • VIE - editable RDFa library
  • Backbone.js - client-side management of models, views, and collections
  • jQuery UI - widget and effect library
  • Modernizr - HTML5 browser compatibility library

Building Create

Use the supplied Cakefile to generate the merged JavaScript file for Create:

$ cake build

You can also generate a minified version (requires uglifyjs):

$ cake min

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Using Aloha Editor

By default, Create uses the Hallo Editor. To use Create with Aloha Editor you need to:

Using Aloha Editor with Create is covered by Aloha's FOSS License Exception:

Aloha Editor’s Free and Open Source Software ("FOSS") License Exception allows developers of FOSS applications to include Aloha Editor with their FOSS applications. Aloha Editor is typically licensed pursuant to version 3 of the General Afero Public License ("AGPLv3"), but this exception permits distribution of Aloha Editor with a developer’s FOSS applications licensed under the terms of another FOSS license listed below [MIT license is included], even though such other FOSS license may be incompatible with the AGPLv3.

Running Unit Tests

Direct your browser to the test/index.html file to run Create's QUnit tests.

Unit tests on Node.js

You need Node.js and NPM. Then just run:

$ npm install --dev
$ npm test

Continuous integration

Create uses Travis for continuous integration. Simply add your fork there and every time you push you'll get the tests run.

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