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Status: Web-Tools (2020 - December)

(Text as at 04/01/2021 19:40:48)

(For earlier versions of this Note, see the table at the end)


Rationale for this Project


Summary of Progress during October - December 2020
  1. I spent 128.75 hours in 20Q4 on this Project, or related work (128.75 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2020). That's 98.8% of the planned effort (98.8% YTD). Overall, 19% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 19% YTD) - as against 18.5% planned (18.5% YTD).
  2. I was just about on budget in 20Q4 Time well spent, too.
  3. Completed items included:-
    1. Own Website:
    2. Other Websites:
      • Nothing to Report.
  4. Full details for 20Q4 are given below20:-
Website (Total Hours = 127)
  1. Website - Development (Total Hours = 110.5)
    • Todman (Theo) - Tottering Towers & Listing Buildings: Add / annotate photos of Coxes Farm to Timeline (2.75 hours)
      → See "Todman (Theo) - Tottering Towers & Listing Buildings" (2.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Page for Oboe practice21: Add Audio Links (2.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Auto_Reference_Notes: allow updating run restricted to 'Read' Books / Papers (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Regen_Note_Links failing for Note 117022 (1.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Add extra links to Summary Time Status Reports (1 hour)
    • Website - Generator - Add option in Auto_Reference_Notes to allow an updating run restricted to 'Read' Books / Papers only (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Add option in Auto_Reference_Notes to automatically ignore words containing certain strings (15.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Add option in Auto_Reference_Notes to avoid duplicate key on Auto_Reference_Notes_Actions (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Amend Auto_Reference_Notes to avoid HTML Tags (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Amend Auto_Reference_Notes to use Notes_To_Regen_Temp (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Amend OutputNotesWebPage to suppress 'Summary of Note Links to this Page' for internal links (1 hour)
    • Website - Generator - Consolidated Site-Hits: Aggregate Robot URLs (3.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Consolidated Site-Hits: Review Webalizer Methodology & Consolidate Stats (10.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Create Language Animadversion Note23 & Functors (Functor_21, Options 11 & 12) (21 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Auto-Cross-Referencing (8.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Functors (2.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Explanatory Note for zero-time 'Read' items (2.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fix Year-End roll-over issues (2 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fixes re Broken Links revealed by Spider (1.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Functors: Document (Issues with Nesting, Etc) (9 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Group items in the same category together in Website Progress Reports (9.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Improve CreateBookPaperAbstractsWebPages efficiency for single book (2 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Modify CreatePapersWebTable to show BookPaperAbstract for Papers that are really Books (4 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Spider - Recreate WebRefs_Mapper Msgbox Suppression (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Spider - System Resources Exceeded - "Run Time Error 3035"; SQL in Full_Link_Same_Directory_Gen (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Update Development Log in the light of recent activities (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Upgraded Auto_Translate_Reference_Notes to log actions to Auto_Translate_Reference_Notes_Actions (3.75 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (107.75 hours)
  2. Website - Education
  3. Website - Infrastructure (Total Hours = 9.75)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Releases, Bugs & Periodic Re-boots (2.75 hours)
    • PC Backups / OneDrive (1 hour)
    • Problems with Kaspersky Password manager - Uninstalled (1 hour)
    • Reboots: Mouse problems! (0.25 hours)
    • Renew Kaspersky on own & Julie's laptops (0.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - Website - Admin & Maintenance" (5.25 hours)
    • Upgrade & Re-install PDFElement (0.5 hours)
    • XMas Mug - photos & formatting (0.5 hours)
    • XMas Newsletter - photos & formatting (3.5 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (4.5 hours)
  4. Website - Maintenance (Total Hours = 5.75)
    • 20Q3 Status Reports (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Periodic Full Regeneration (2.75 hours)
    • Website - Run Web Spider (1.75 hours)
Website Others (Total Hours = 1.75)
  1. Website Others - Hutton DBC Maintenance
  2. Website Others - Mountnessing DBC Maintenance

Plans for the Near Future

The Plan below is taken automatically from the Priority 1 items on my Development Log, as published in my Outstanding Developments24 Report. I’ve maintained the weekly allocation at 10 hours. This is to allow further work on my Cross-Referencing project.
  1. Own Website: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
    • Architecture
      1. Compact and Repair Problems
        1. On compacting and repairing my main database I sometimes get the error "The query cannot be completed. Either the size of the query result is larger than the maximum size of a database (2 GB), or there is not enough temporary storage space on the disk to store the query result".
        2. It happens 3 times while the database is re-opening.
        3. There is lots of space, and the database is only 600Mb (and the error started when it was under 500Mb).
        4. This mostly happens after I've run long processes, so I usually close the database, re-open it and then try the compact and repair. Usually this works, but not always. But I then try again and the message disappears.
        5. I strongly suspect that this is MS Access itself re-indexing tables, and blowing up a temporary database, but I can’t find any evidence for this on-line. Or help, other than suggestions to split databases and do other sensible things. Given that the error occurs when the database is re-opening, with no temporary file visible, is very strange.
        6. 17/04/20 - set MaxLocksPerFile to 1,000,000 (from the default 9,500). Sadly, it doesn't seem to have made a difference.
      2. Complete XRef-re-engineering project:-
        1. Ensure all links and link-pages use the new XRef table, and pension off the old tables.
        2. Look into writing out specific object-identifiers, and linking thereto for Citations, rather than paragraph references. An issue is multiple instances of the same object in a document.
        3. Check all link-types still work and fix any errors.
        4. Complete the auto-triggering of regeneration of “associated” link pages.
        5. Fix update bug in Convert_Webrefs.
        6. Fix Bug whereby PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-” Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
        7. Document the process!
      3. Document25, Repair & update my Website site-map
      4. Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
      5. Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
    • Backups
      1. Investigate Record-count discrepancies:-
        1. How do website files work as far as counts are concerned?
        2. Why aren't they recorded in Backup_History, nor the fact that the website was backed up?
        3. Different counts depending on whether new or old laptop is backed up. Investigate 63k discrepancy - lower on new laptop.
      2. Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
    • Books
      1. Further improve the time to regenerate Book Summaries. Took about 22 minutes on 01/01/2021, but should be under 5 minutes!
    • Books/Papers
      1. Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
      2. Reformat the BookCitings and PaperCitings pages:-
        1. Detail PaperCitings Pages: Include only useful information on the detail pages; but if there are multiple links from the same object, include them on the same line as 'extra links' as in BookCitings (copy the code: or, better, combine the two subs).
        2. Summary (Author Letter) pages: Include counts (as in Authors' Citations).
        3. Ensure uses the Cross_Reference table.
        4. Document!
    • Bridge
      1. Develop auto-reconciliation routines vs EBU results download
    • Documenter
      1. Investigate the error reports from the Documenter, especially unused variables & queries.
      2. Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
    • Education
      1. "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses": Membership cancelled, but plan what to do with the eBooks in my possession.
      2. Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
      3. Read "White (Ron) & Downs (Timothy Edward) - How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology".
    • Infrastructure
      1. iCloud for Windows: Re-install & solve 'The upload folder for iCloud Photos is missing' problem. Try on new Laptop.
    • Notes
      1. Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
      2. Allow the option to concatenate Notes in the Printed version (ie. linearly embed them essay-style), rather than treating the hyperlinks as footnotes – but still keep the hyperlink & cross-referencing in place.
        1. For use as "disclaimers" - eg. for "Plug Notes".
        2. For Thesis / essays: the difficulty here is the need for linking passages to make the text run smoothly.
      3. As part of the Cross-Referencing project, check out the consistent treatment of Note 87526, which should be universally ignored. Recently, links to it appeared on Book-Summaries, Book_Paper_Abstracts and Note_Book_Links, as a Note referencing a Book. The critical item was a row on the Note_Book_Links table.
      4. Determine why very long printable notes (eg. Level 3+ for Note 17027) are being truncated. Probably suppress them in any case, as they take far too long to load.
      5. Enhance Functors to work for selected non-temp Notes so that up-to-date stats can be incorporated. This is complex as I want to avoid production of an Archived Note each time a non-Temp Note is regenerated. I also want to ensure that Notes whose variable text consists entirely of Functors get archived correctly (which they might not if I removed Functor-generated text from Notes before saving them to the Notes table).
      6. Fix bugs in multi-level footnoting in Printable Notes – the referencing is going wrong.
      7. Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
      8. Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
      9. Split Aeon Page28 into multiple sub-pages (either by topic or by priority)
      10. Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
      11. Upgrade Auto_Reference_Notes to reference Sub-Notes: Currently only affects one note - Somerset Maugham - so not yet urgent
    • Papers
      1. The monthly regeneration process for Paper Abstracts was still taking just over 5 hours. I thought it could not be fixed until the cross-referencing project is fully complete and documented. However, it spontaneously improved to 1.6 hours in the August 2020 run. Monitor! Last run: 1.72 hours on 01/01/2021.
    • Photos
      1. Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
      2. Timeline software: Add photos for Holidays & Family History
    • Process
      1. Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
    • Spider
      1. Analyse the results of the data collection exercise and design a plan of campaign to fix broken Internal links and prevent recurrence.
        1. Correct the code so the problems discovered by the Spider don’t recur.
        2. Delete 'orphan pages' that are never linked to, ie. Use the Spider to prune redundant pages29 automatically where possible.
        3. Fix the historical data where errors are uncovered by the Spider. An easier task now the site has a full-regen function.
    • Technology
      1. Look into Sistrix Smart30. Errors and warnings itemised are:-
        1. Duplicate content: seems to be variants on theotodman.com
        2. Title Tags: Empty, too long, identical
        3. Page Not Found
        4. Filesize in excess of 1Mb
        5. Meta-Description: Empty
        6. Few words on Page
        7. H1: Not used, used multiple times per page, identical across pages
        8. Pictures: Alt attribute missing
    • WebRefs
      1. Webrefs_Update failing because IE loops with Aeon / Psyche pages. Currently doing manual checking - try to find an automated solution.
      2. Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 2
        1. Re-document the procedures in the light of recent changes.
        2. Resolve issues generated / revealed by the spider.
        3. Investigate - and fix where possible - broken links.
      3. Find a way of recording Missing Webrefs other than debug.print: create table, then suppress message for known problems
      4. Investigate items flagged as defunct. Populate Defunct_Explanation in WebRefs_Table. Consider use of FairUse (Link (Fair Use)) for documents no longer available that I'd downloaded.
      5. Investigate WebRefs with Issue = 'URL Translated OK': does the translation really work? How?
  2. Other Websites: Priority 1 Items By Category:-

Summary of Progress to Date

This is hived off to various separate documents, which have now been harmonising and / or consolidated:-
  1. Summary of Progress to Date31.
  2. Outstanding Developments32,
  3. Functional Documentation33,
  4. A summary of time expended across the years developing my website34 is at "Software Development - Website - Development".



In-Page Footnotes:

Footnote 4: Footnote 5: Footnote 7: Footnote 9: Footnote 10: Footnote 11: Footnote 12: Footnote 20: Footnote 29: Footnote 30: Footnote 34:


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Table of the Previous 12 Versions of this Note: (of 79)

Date Length Title
04/10/2020 00:27:22 25418 Status: Web-Tools (2020 - September)
03/07/2020 22:09:07 28426 Status: Web-Tools (2020 - June)
04/04/2020 00:14:24 19563 Status: Web-Tools (2020 - March)
19/01/2020 23:41:17 19103 Status: Web-Tools (2019 - December)
10/10/2019 23:58:34 18052 Status: Web-Tools (2019 - September)
14/07/2019 20:29:46 16642 Status: Web-Tools (2019 - June)
05/04/2019 10:36:29 16128 Status: Web-Tools (2019 - March)
06/01/2019 23:36:58 18445 Status: Web-Tools (2018 - December)
10/10/2018 16:43:41 22079 Status: Web-Tools (2018 - September)
06/07/2018 18:56:10 16773 Status: Web-Tools (2018 - June)
05/04/2018 10:48:00 16588 Status: Web-Tools (2018 - March)
05/01/2018 00:11:31 13295 Status: Web-Tools (2017 - December)



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