Thank you very much for taking the time to reply. Yes, you picked the right place for replying. I have updated the wiki page now - hopefully it's more obvious where people should post.
So, from a technical point of view, it's generally preferred to have support for MSIE - sure, that's what I expected. Hopefully, it won't be a "fatal" issue if the first incarnation of the drawing application will work only on other Web browsers. Nonetheless, as described in the specification, there's lots of hope for MSIE support. ;)
Now, on to the use cases for the paint tool. This is very interesting. So, having HTML text editing + paint tool is a really good fit for young students who want to write something about their image. Or would they prefer to write *inside* the image, using the text tool? What do you think?
The ability to insert images from the Web and edit them directly in the paint tool will be most likely available. However, it will still require something like: you search on google, find images, copy link and paste it in the paint tool to open the image from the URL
. Do you think integrating a google image search feature inside the paint tool would be important?
The text tool currently works only in some of the newest versions of Firefox 3.5. Since the application is in its very early stages I still need to work around different browser limitations. Please wait. ;)
Since I am only a student recently involved in the Moodle community I do not know when GSOC project will be integrated in release versions. As far as I know, no major features are added in minor versions of Moodle 1.9. Therfore, I presume the paint tool might be available in Moodle 2.0 - depending on their release schedule, of course. Someone should provide you with a more accurate estimate.
Sure, I'd love to hear how "field testing" goes with students. I believe you should wait on this until we get to the new GUI. ;)
Thanks again for your feedback.