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Website - Outstanding Developments (2013: June)

(Text as at 02/07/2013 14:12:29)

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Rationale for this Document


Priority Developments
  1. Undertake a trawl through the code for all functions within the generator – making improvements for efficiency and function.
  2. Supply rudimentary functional documentation as a spin-off from the above.
  3. Undertake a trawl through all (categories of) web-page, making aesthetic improvements, and correcting content.
  4. Fix historical data arising from a bug (now fixed) whereby archived Notes have a parameter, rather than the title, in their Titles (thereby displaying incorrectly, and messing up the Search).
  5. Fix the “feature” whereby identical images have to appear in multiple places because of referencing problems (in the Notes generators).
  6. Start using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) – particularly for tables.
  7. Standardise to HTML5 – determine what went wrong with the first attempt!
  8. Ensure FN referencing within Notes and referencing between Abstracts and Notes works for archived Notes.
  9. Add more content to the photos pages.
  10. Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for Notes links. Mainly where one of my bespoke tags (ie. plusplus or plusN3) doesn’t match with its corresponding anti-tag (ie. plusplus or Nplus).
  11. Supply permanent fix to time recording, so that actuals are held against Papers (and Books) in a separate table, rather than as columns by year in the Papers / Books tables themselves. Retain the grand totals only.
  12. Review the effectiveness of the categorised reading lists for both Papers and Books.
  13. Web Spider
    • Use the Spider to “prune” redundant pages.
    • Analyse the results of the data collection exercise and design a plan of campaign to fix broken links and prevent recurrence,
    • Complete investigation into broken “External Links”
    • Correct the code so the discovered problems don’t recur, and
    • Fix the historical data (no simple task to automate).
    • Delete “orphan pages” that are never linked to.
  14. Fix bugs in multi-level footnoting in Printable Notes – the referencing is going wrong.
  15. Investigate the use of RTF in memo fields, so that I can get round the 64k character limit.

Further Priority Items
  1. Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
  2. Investigate Note_Links: needs versioning, and section of calling Note. Currently, the section called is often incorrect.
  3. Add easily-visible "quality markers" to Notes.
  4. Add “Date Created” to Note-Links (for audit purposes; I’m still not convinced that links disappear when they should).
  5. Determine why very long printable notes (eg. Level 3+ for Note 1704) are being truncated.
  6. Very long pages (eg. Concatenated Notes and Book Paper Abstracts) fail to render correctly in Firefox (mostly OK in other browsers). Investigate whether it’s possible to subdivide them.
  7. Use generated Javascript to allow multi-level expandable / contractable lists in Notes and Paper Abstracts.
  8. Check (in use) that the optional "don't print" feature for specific footnotes doesn't print other footnotes further down the chain. Probably OK.
  9. Add "Specific", "Contextual" & "General" Notes as an optional footer to all Notes. I think this is important – part of the difficulty in understanding some philosophers is knowing what their background assumptions are, as this influences what they take to be “obvious” or “a given”.
  10. Create automatic key-word referencing (ie. to Notes in the Notes-Group "Personal Identity").
  11. Improve flexibility of password-protected areas (ie. multiple areas, with different log-ons).
  12. 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. The difficulty here is the need for linking passages to make the text run smoothly.
  13. Fix "American" date formats in Electronic Resources page + add scrolling titles.
  14. Improve flexibility of reading lists attached to printable version of Notes (different sort orders, priority items only, etc).

Items Completed in June 2013
  1. Some pages (eg. Web Link) render oddly in Chrome (and maybe other browsers) – investigate5.
  2. Reduced the size of photos (to make the pages quicker to load).
  3. Improved the linkage between Papers and Books.
  4. Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for links to Books, Papers and Authors. That is, where one of my bespoke tags (eg. +B6) doesn’t match with its corresponding anti-tag (eg. B+).
  5. Wrote the Code Documenter.
  6. Created a code & query archive facility as part of the above.
  7. Created “Consolidated Bridge Results” webpages.
  8. Developed "Books by Location" Pages
  9. Improved "Concatenated Notes" production
  10. Improved "This Month's Summary" Reporting
  11. Improved Quarterly Reporting
  12. Merged Philosophy & Bridge Databases
  13. Replaced macros with code.
  14. De-bugged the Spider.

Items Completed prior to June 2013

See separate document7 (which requires updating).



In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: I’ve run out of cash, so will be looking for part-time contract work

Footnote 3: Naturally, I can’t say precisely what I mean, by using a plus-sign, as it causes the process to fail!

Footnote 5: Fixed – it was very long blank-free URLs in the Source column. I now call my “WebRef” function to convert these to hyperlinks.

Footnote 6: Naturally, I can now say precisely what I mean, by using a plus-sign, as it no longer causes the process to fail!


Live Version of this Archived Note

Date Length Title
10/04/2017 23:38:24 14855 Website - Outstanding Developments (2017 - March)


Table of the 7 Later Versions of this Note

Date Length Title
14/10/2016 22:14:53 14554 Website - Outstanding Developments (2016 - September)
07/01/2016 00:59:02 13451 Website - Outstanding Developments (2015 - December)
07/10/2015 00:27:22 13159 Website - Outstanding Developments (2015 - September)
07/10/2014 17:39:50 9439 Website - Outstanding Developments (2014 - September)
04/07/2014 22:46:34 8352 Website - Outstanding Developments (2014 - June)
04/04/2014 19:03:22 7671 Website - Outstanding Developments (2014 - March)
16/10/2013 20:08:10 7095 Website - Outstanding Developments (2013: September)



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Summary of Note Links to this Page

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