Monthly Archives: January 2013

Cleaner editing with OLab3

One of much improved areas we have been noticing in the past month is the much improved editing available in OpenLabyrinth version 3.

Previously with OpenLabyrinth v2, this was a bit of a pain. While the OLab2 VP engine is enormously powerful, allowing the creation of really complex, multiply-branched cases, the actual editing of the case was quirky at best. 

It had the odd tendency to get single and double quotes mixed up, introduce other odd characters and was generally a bit of a pig. Plus you had to follow a very specific order in which to edit things. And if you needed to do some direct editing of the underlying HTML code (always a bit of a dark art for the average clinician anyway), OLab2 would catch you out with weird corruption of code. 

We’re happy to say that those days are past. With OLab3, you can edit your content in a number of different ways, and these different approaches don’t fight with each other. 

This has made an enormous difference to our case writing productivity, which is great with the large amount of case material we have to put together this month. 

New look & feel for OLab3

Check out the new interface for OpenLabyrinth v3. 

Many thanks to Matt Simpson, Janet Corral and Lazaros Ioannidis for their combined efforts on this. 

If you only have general public access to the server at, you may not see much change. But for those with author access, you will see a much improved UI. 

Matt and colleagues based this new interface on new design frameworks, notably Twitter Bootstrap. It is now much easier to scoot around and rapidly edit and refine our cases. 

If you have thoughts on how this can be further improved or would like to get involved with the project, contact us at info AT openlabyrinth DOT ca