Theo Todman's Web Page - Notes Pages


Status Reports

Website - Outstanding Developments (2014 - June)

(Text as at 04/07/2014 22:46:34)

(For other versions of this Note, see the tables at the end)


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. Standardise to HTML5.
  5. Ensure FN referencing within Notes and referencing between Abstracts and Notes works for archived Notes.
  6. Add more content to the photos pages.
  7. Improve error-recovery where encoding fails for Notes links. Mainly where one of my bespoke tags (ie. plusplus or plusN2) doesn’t match with its corresponding anti-tag (ie. plusplus or Nplus).
  8. Review the effectiveness of the categorised reading lists for both Papers and Books.
  9. Enable reproduction of archived “Printed Notes”.
  10. Standardise on “Write-ups” for Paper Abstracts – so, change the routines and database elements that enable the display of Paper Abstracts and Book-Paper Abstracts to accommodate this.
  11. Solve the problem of the size limitation for Notes by allowing their concatenation.
  12. Consequently, remove all large “Comments” that have been utilised to expand Paper (and Book?) abstracts.
  13. Enhance my backup routines to allow pruning of the backup disk itself, and easier location of items to restore.
  14. 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”. See if I can get JSpider to work (or utilise some of its code) to check the 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.
  15. Fix bugs in multi-level footnoting in Printable Notes – the referencing is going wrong.
  16. 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 1703) 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 2Q14
  1. Created multiple secure areas on my website, so that Documentation is no longer hiding under my Supervision Notes.
  2. Created the facility for Author Narratives.
  3. Added extra linkages between pages (eg. on Author).
  4. Wrote routines to import old (but missing) archived Notes into the database so they can be (and have been) re-exported in the current format.
  5. Used a clone of my Spider routines to create a backup and restore system.

Items Completed in 1Q14
  1. Created a “Website Regeneration Dashboard” to show when the various elements of my website have been refreshed, and how long the routines took to run. Links to this appear in the footer to each webpage.
  2. Improved the regeneration routines for the various classes of webpage, and got them to record statistics in support of the above.
  3. Repaired / updated my Website site-map.
  4. Made a lot of improvements to my Site generators, in particular the pesky bug that stopped the links to archived Notes working correctly.

Items Completed in 3Q13
  1. Enhancements to "Books & Papers Collection Categorised" Pages
  2. "Single Image" development for Notes
  3. Allowed "Authors Works Lists" to be linked-to from Notes
  4. Created Archived Notes Re-Export facility
  5. Converted Tables to CSS3 standard
  6. Re-engineering Monthly Reporting on Change of Year
  7. Re-engineered 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. Retained the grand totals only.
  8. Simplified / Re-engineered Notes processing
  9. Sorted conflicts between Subject, Topic & Sub-Topic IDs
  10. Used CSS in all manually-crafted and automatically-generated pages
  11. Improved linkages between Book/Paper Lists and Summaries or Abstracts

Items Completed in June 2013
  1. Some pages render oddly in Chrome (and maybe other browsers) – investigated4.
  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. +B5) 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 document6 (which requires updating).



In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 2: Naturally, I can’t say precisely what I mean, by using a plus-sign, as it causes the process to fail!

Footnote 4: Fixed – it was very long blank-free URLs in the Source column. I now call my “WebRef” function to convert these to hyperlinks.

Footnote 5: 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 3 Earlier Versions of this Note

Date Length Title
04/04/2014 19:03:22 7671 Website - Outstanding Developments (2014 - March)
16/10/2013 20:08:10 7095 Website - Outstanding Developments (2013: September)
02/07/2013 14:12:29 6680 Website - Outstanding Developments (2013: June)


Table of the 4 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)



This version updated Reference for this Topic Parent Topic
04/07/2014 22:46:34 981 (Website - Outstanding Developments (2014 - June)) Status: Web-Tools (2017 - June)



Summary of Notes Links from this Page

CT Introduction Status: Web-Tools (Summary of Progress to Date) Website Generator Documentation - Control Page . .

To access information, click on one of the links in the table above (if any).




Summary of Note Links to this Page

Status: Web-Tools (2014 - June)        

To access information, click on one of the links in the table above (if any).




Text Colour Conventions

  1. Blue: Text by me; © Theo Todman, 2017




© Theo Todman, June 2007 - September 2017.Please address any comments on this page to theo@theotodman.com.File output:
Website Maintenance Dashboard
Return to Top of this PageReturn to Theo Todman's Philosophy PageReturn to Theo Todman's Home Page