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Status Reports - Website - Outstanding Developments

Rationale for this Document



  1. Own Website: Outstanding Items By Priority:-
    • Priority: 1
      1. Architecture: Complete XRef-re-engineering project:-
        1. Ensure all links and link-pages use the new XRef table, and pension off the old tables.
        2. Check all link-types still work and fix any errors.
        3. Complete the auto-triggering of regeneration of “associated” link pages.
        4. Fix update bug in Convert_Webrefs.
        5. Fix Bug whereby PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-” Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
      2. Architecture (On-Going): Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
      3. Authors: Authors Narrative: enable footnotes.
      4. Backups: Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
      5. Books/Papers: Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
      6. Documenter: Create Functor using Form_Documentation_Links to automatically add control-links to documentation Notes.
      7. Documenter (In Progress): Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
      8. Education: Investigate Bootstrap.
      9. Education: Plan what to do with "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses" and the eBooks in my possession.
      10. Education (In Progress): Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
      11. Education (In Progress): Read "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer".
      12. Education: Re-start "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science" (consider accreditation).
      13. Education: Understand Bitcoin & Blockchain better
      14. Footnotes: Enable the re-use of Footnotes in the same Note3. Currently, they appear twice.
      15. General: Tidy up Site - delete un-updated pages (especially old Printed Notes).
      16. Notes: Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
      17. Notes: 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.
      18. Notes (In Progress): Create automatic4 key-word referencing (ie. to Notes in the Notes-Group "Personal Identity")
      19. Notes: Create auto-regen of all Note_nnn_Links
      20. Notes: Ensure FN referencing within Notes and referencing between Abstracts and Notes works for archived Notes.
      21. Notes: Investigate Note_Links: needs versioning, and section of calling Note
      22. Notes: Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
      23. Notes: Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
      24. Notes: Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
      25. Papers (In Progress): Create password-protected area to hold pdfs, and links thereto.
      26. Photos: Add photos of Tom - Create Timeline software
      27. Photos: Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
      28. Process: Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
      29. Spider: Determine why copying of data back to the slave database takes so long - approx. 3.5 hours. May need to re-architect.
      30. Status: Add extra items to Functors to facilitate Quarterly Reporting.
      31. WebRefs: 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.
    • Priority: 2
      1. Abstracts (In Progress): Ensure some minimal data on Abstracts for Identity Papers Read
      2. Architecture: Improve flexibility of password-protected areas (ie. multiple areas, with different log-ons).
      3. Backups: Determine why flag on directories "not to be backed up" gets reset
      4. Backups: Investigate historic error messages
      5. Notes: 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”.
      6. Notes: Bug: "++ NP ++" links to previously linked note or to (non-)Note 0. Example!
      7. Notes: Check (in use) that the optional "don't print" feature for specific footnotes doesn't print other footnotes further down the chain. Probably OK.
      8. Notes: Enable reproduction of archived “Printed Notes”.
      9. Notes: Fix bugs in multi-level footnoting in Printable Notes – the referencing is going wrong.
      10. Notes: Improve Printable notes processing for "Temp" Notes (ie. produce a "_T" (& include all "_T"s), but leave standard prints free of "Temps".
      11. Notes: Investigate Notes Archiving - see if could re-create re-formatted if required from saved historical versions (but not fixed re directories)
      12. Notes: Reading Lists: Fix duplications:-
        1. Items "cited" and "categorised" (sometimes seem to) appear twice.
        2. Books and "single papers" of that Book both appear.
      13. Notes: Solve the problem of the size limitation for Notes (eg. by allowing their concatenation, but check in Access 2013 first).
      14. Papers: Remove all large “Comments” that have been utilised to expand Paper Abstracts (by moving them to Notes7).
      15. Papers: When "+PnnnP+" reference used in an Object, allow "#Reference" style to be more specific where in the Paper Abstract the reference is.
      16. Spider: Analyse the results of the data collection exercise and design a plan of campaign to fix broken “Internal” links and prevent recurrence.
      17. Spider: Correct the code so the problems discovered by the Spider don’t recur.
      18. Spider: Delete “orphan pages” that are never linked to, ie. Use the Spider to “prune” redundant pages automatically where possible.
      19. Spider: Fix the historical data where errors are uncovered by the Spider (no simple task to automate).
      20. Technology: Increase use of CSS Style Sheets
      21. WebRefs (In Progress): Complete investigation and correction of broken “External” Links.
    • Priority: 3
      1. Aesthetics: Undertake a trawl through all (categories of) web-page, making aesthetic improvements, and correcting content.
      2. Architecture: Add scrolling titles to Lists
      3. Authors: Enable "alternate names" for identically-named authors (to avoid middle-initial = X).
      4. Books/Papers: Introduce check that if a Book is flagged as "read" so are its Papers. Manual check completed in March 2018.
      5. Books/Papers: Review the effectiveness of the categorised reading lists for both Papers and Books.
      6. Documenter: Investigate & fix “Query Fragments” issue.
      7. Documenter: Investigate the error reports from the Documenter, especially unused variables & queries.
      8. Documenter: Separate Documenter from the main database & code, then add a parameter so it doesn’t necessarily document itself.
      9. Documenter: Undertake a trawl through the code for all functions within the generator – making improvements for efficiency and function. Supply rudimentary functional documentation as a spin-off therefrom.
      10. Facebook: Upgrade my Facebook page ("Facebook - Understand Facebook & Build Personal Facebook Page") using "Abram (Carolyn) - Facebook for Dummies: Fifth Edition" for inspiration / guidance.
      11. Notes: Add “Date Created” to Note_Links (for audit purposes; I’m still not convinced that links disappear when they should).
      12. Notes: Determine why very long printable notes (eg. Level 3+ for Note 1706) are being truncated.
      13. Notes: Fix problem with broken bespoke links to Printed Notes from Archived Notes.
      14. Notes: Improve flexibility of reading lists attached to printable version of Notes (different sort orders, priority items only, etc).
      15. Notes: Improve reading-lists from Notes (ie. firstly PID, then all starting with topic from Philosophy Papers Full)
      16. Status: Check how "YTD Planned %" is calculated - seems incorrect early in the Quarter if the plan varies during the year.
      17. Technology: Investigate the use of RTF in memo fields, so that I can get round the 64k character limit.
      18. Technology: Look into Sistrix Smart9.
      19. Technology: Read the Google documentation (Link (https://www.google.com/webmasters/)) to investigate where I’m going wrong in the (failure to) use META tags to ensure my stuff sorts correctly in the search engines.
      20. Technology: Use generated Javascript to allow multi-level expandable / contractable lists in Notes and Paper Abstracts.
      21. Technology: 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.
    • Priority: 4
      1. Technology: Add page-hit counters
    • Priority: 5
      1. Documenter: Technical Documenter:-
        1. Investigate possibilities of retailing the documenter.
        2. Enhance to document Macros.
        3. Look at ways of documenting other (MS Access) databases & trial on Northwind.
    • Work-arounds
      1. Books (Work-around): Book Comments: if there are explicit internal links to files in Book Comments, they cannot work both in the BookSummary and BookPaperAbstracts, which are at different directory levels. So, don’t put them in the Comments – only in the Abstract.
      2. Books (Work-around): Books - Referencing of Notes: The "+NnnnN+" method works from the Book Summary, "++nnn++" from Book Abstract, but neither vice-versa.
      3. Books (Work-around): Books by Location: the jump table led to an invalid location. I bodged the data, by deleting an unused location, and didn’t properly investigate.
      4. Books (Work-around): Books to Notes: There’s an issue if a Note changes from Secure to non-Secure, but I bodged the data and didn’t try to fix it.
    • Cancelled Developments
      1. Architecture: Create expandable lists in Abstracts, Notes ("Plus table11" cells? For categorised lists)
      2. Books: Create "Books by Subject" and "Books by Title" lists
      3. Books/Papers: Create list of "Identity" papers - and books - to obtain (ie. the "zzz"s)
      4. Books/Papers: Create Second-Level Jump (+ maybe split pages) for Philosophy / Identity Papers / Books Full - similar to Blackberry pages
      5. Books/Papers: Determine more efficient method of updating "Books to Papers", "Papers to Notes" and "Books to Notes" - use archiving
      6. General: Fix "American" date formats in Electronic Resources page
      7. Notes: Create "who's who" of respondents (will just be private notes)
      8. Technology: Create own local webserver
      9. Technology: Increase use of Frames12
      10. Technology: Investigate Wiki-technology (inc. Confluence, Plone CMS & Windows Help)
      11. WebRefs: Add collection of "non-identity" weblinks
  2. Other Websites: Outstanding Items By Priority:-
    • Priority: 1
      1. Bridge: Create "Small Sites" database for Alaric
      2. Enigma (On-Going): Termly updates to the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/) Website.
      3. Sophie (On-Going): Periodic updates to Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/)
    • Cancelled Developments
      1. Bridge: Run Eve Goblets - if asked!


  1. Own Website: Outstanding Items By Category:-
    • Abstracts
      1. Priority 2 (In Progress): Ensure some minimal data on Abstracts for Identity Papers Read
    • Aesthetics
      1. Priority 3: Undertake a trawl through all (categories of) web-page, making aesthetic improvements, and correcting content.
    • Architecture
      1. Priority 1: Complete XRef-re-engineering project:-
        1. Ensure all links and link-pages use the new XRef table, and pension off the old tables.
        2. Check all link-types still work and fix any errors.
        3. Complete the auto-triggering of regeneration of “associated” link pages.
        4. Fix update bug in Convert_Webrefs.
        5. Fix Bug whereby PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-” Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
      2. Priority 1 (On-Going): Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
      3. Priority 2: Improve flexibility of password-protected areas (ie. multiple areas, with different log-ons).
      4. Priority 3: Add scrolling titles to Lists
      5. Cancelled: Create expandable lists in Abstracts, Notes ("Plus table13" cells? For categorised lists)
    • Authors
      1. Priority 1: Authors Narrative: enable footnotes.
      2. Priority 3: Enable "alternate names" for identically-named authors (to avoid middle-initial = X).
    • Backups
      1. Priority 1: Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
      2. Priority 2: Determine why flag on directories "not to be backed up" gets reset
      3. Priority 2: Investigate historic error messages
    • Books
      1. Work-around: Book Comments: if there are explicit internal links to files in Book Comments, they cannot work both in the BookSummary and BookPaperAbstracts, which are at different directory levels. So, don’t put them in the Comments – only in the Abstract.
      2. Work-around: Books - Referencing of Notes: The "+NnnnN+" method works from the Book Summary, "++nnn++" from Book Abstract, but neither vice-versa.
      3. Work-around: Books by Location: the jump table led to an invalid location. I bodged the data, by deleting an unused location, and didn’t properly investigate.
      4. Work-around: Books to Notes: There’s an issue if a Note changes from Secure to non-Secure, but I bodged the data and didn’t try to fix it.
      5. Cancelled: Create "Books by Subject" and "Books by Title" lists
    • Books/Papers
      1. Priority 1: Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
      2. Priority 3: Introduce check that if a Book is flagged as "read" so are its Papers. Manual check completed in March 2018.
      3. Priority 3: Review the effectiveness of the categorised reading lists for both Papers and Books.
      4. Cancelled: Create list of "Identity" papers - and books - to obtain (ie. the "zzz"s)
      5. Cancelled: Create Second-Level Jump (+ maybe split pages) for Philosophy / Identity Papers / Books Full - similar to Blackberry pages
      6. Cancelled: Determine more efficient method of updating "Books to Papers", "Papers to Notes" and "Books to Notes" - use archiving
    • Documenter
      1. Priority 1: Create Functor using Form_Documentation_Links to automatically add control-links to documentation Notes.
      2. Priority 1 (In Progress): Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
      3. Priority 3: Investigate & fix “Query Fragments” issue.
      4. Priority 3: Investigate the error reports from the Documenter, especially unused variables & queries.
      5. Priority 3: Separate Documenter from the main database & code, then add a parameter so it doesn’t necessarily document itself.
      6. Priority 3: Undertake a trawl through the code for all functions within the generator – making improvements for efficiency and function. Supply rudimentary functional documentation as a spin-off therefrom.
      7. Priority 5: Technical Documenter:-
        1. Investigate possibilities of retailing the documenter.
        2. Enhance to document Macros.
        3. Look at ways of documenting other (MS Access) databases & trial on Northwind.
    • Education
      1. Priority 1: Investigate Bootstrap.
      2. Priority 1: Plan what to do with "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses" and the eBooks in my possession.
      3. Priority 1 (In Progress): Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
      4. Priority 1 (In Progress): Read "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer".
      5. Priority 1: Re-start "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science" (consider accreditation).
      6. Priority 1: Understand Bitcoin & Blockchain better
    • Facebook
      1. Priority 3: Upgrade my Facebook page ("Facebook - Understand Facebook & Build Personal Facebook Page") using "Abram (Carolyn) - Facebook for Dummies: Fifth Edition" for inspiration / guidance.
    • Footnotes
      1. Priority 1: Enable the re-use of Footnotes in the same Note15. Currently, they appear twice.
    • General
      1. Priority 1: Tidy up Site - delete un-updated pages (especially old Printed Notes).
      2. Cancelled: Fix "American" date formats in Electronic Resources page
    • Notes
      1. Priority 1: Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
      2. Priority 1: 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. Priority 1 (In Progress): Create automatic16 key-word referencing (ie. to Notes in the Notes-Group "Personal Identity")
      4. Priority 1: Create auto-regen of all Note_nnn_Links
      5. Priority 1: Ensure FN referencing within Notes and referencing between Abstracts and Notes works for archived Notes.
      6. Priority 1: Investigate Note_Links: needs versioning, and section of calling Note
      7. Priority 1: Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
      8. Priority 1: Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
      9. Priority 1: Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
      10. Priority 2: 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”.
      11. Priority 2: Bug: "++ NP ++" links to previously linked note or to (non-)Note 0. Example!
      12. Priority 2: Check (in use) that the optional "don't print" feature for specific footnotes doesn't print other footnotes further down the chain. Probably OK.
      13. Priority 2: Enable reproduction of archived “Printed Notes”.
      14. Priority 2: Fix bugs in multi-level footnoting in Printable Notes – the referencing is going wrong.
      15. Priority 2: Improve Printable notes processing for "Temp" Notes (ie. produce a "_T" (& include all "_T"s), but leave standard prints free of "Temps".
      16. Priority 2: Investigate Notes Archiving - see if could re-create re-formatted if required from saved historical versions (but not fixed re directories)
      17. Priority 2: Reading Lists: Fix duplications:-
        1. Items "cited" and "categorised" (sometimes seem to) appear twice.
        2. Books and "single papers" of that Book both appear.
      18. Priority 2: Solve the problem of the size limitation for Notes (eg. by allowing their concatenation, but check in Access 2013 first).
      19. Priority 3: Add “Date Created” to Note_Links (for audit purposes; I’m still not convinced that links disappear when they should).
      20. Priority 3: Determine why very long printable notes (eg. Level 3+ for Note 17010) are being truncated.
      21. Priority 3: Fix problem with broken bespoke links to Printed Notes from Archived Notes.
      22. Priority 3: Improve flexibility of reading lists attached to printable version of Notes (different sort orders, priority items only, etc).
      23. Priority 3: Improve reading-lists from Notes (ie. firstly PID, then all starting with topic from Philosophy Papers Full)
      24. Cancelled: Create "who's who" of respondents (will just be private notes)
    • Papers
      1. Priority 1 (In Progress): Create password-protected area to hold pdfs, and links thereto.
      2. Priority 2: Remove all large “Comments” that have been utilised to expand Paper Abstracts (by moving them to Notes20).
      3. Priority 2: When "+PnnnP+" reference used in an Object, allow "#Reference" style to be more specific where in the Paper Abstract the reference is.
    • Photos
      1. Priority 1: Add photos of Tom - Create Timeline software
      2. Priority 1: Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
    • Process
      1. Priority 1: Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
    • Spider
      1. Priority 1: Determine why copying of data back to the slave database takes so long - approx. 3.5 hours. May need to re-architect.
      2. Priority 2: Analyse the results of the data collection exercise and design a plan of campaign to fix broken “Internal” links and prevent recurrence.
      3. Priority 2: Correct the code so the problems discovered by the Spider don’t recur.
      4. Priority 2: Delete “orphan pages” that are never linked to, ie. Use the Spider to “prune” redundant pages automatically where possible.
      5. Priority 2: Fix the historical data where errors are uncovered by the Spider (no simple task to automate).
    • Status
      1. Priority 1: Add extra items to Functors to facilitate Quarterly Reporting.
      2. Priority 3: Check how "YTD Planned %" is calculated - seems incorrect early in the Quarter if the plan varies during the year.
    • Technology
      1. Priority 2: Increase use of CSS Style Sheets
      2. Priority 3: Investigate the use of RTF in memo fields, so that I can get round the 64k character limit.
      3. Priority 3: Look into Sistrix Smart21.
      4. Priority 3: Read the Google documentation (Link (https://www.google.com/webmasters/)) to investigate where I’m going wrong in the (failure to) use META tags to ensure my stuff sorts correctly in the search engines.
      5. Priority 3: Use generated Javascript to allow multi-level expandable / contractable lists in Notes and Paper Abstracts.
      6. Priority 3: 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. Priority 4: Add page-hit counters
      8. Cancelled: Create own local webserver
      9. Cancelled: Increase use of Frames22
      10. Cancelled: Investigate Wiki-technology (inc. Confluence, Plone CMS & Windows Help)
    • WebRefs
      1. Priority 1: 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.
      2. Priority 2 (In Progress): Complete investigation and correction of broken “External” Links.
      3. Cancelled: Add collection of "non-identity" weblinks
  2. Other Websites: Outstanding Items By Category:-
    • Bridge
      1. Priority 1: Create "Small Sites" database for Alaric
      2. Cancelled: Run Eve Goblets - if asked!
    • Enigma
      1. Priority 1 (On-Going): Termly updates to the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/) Website.
    • Sophie
      1. Priority 1 (On-Going): Periodic updates to Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/)



In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 3:
  • This occurs in these reports, but possibly elsewhere.
Footnote 4:
  • This is complicated for a number of reasons:-
    1. There will be false positives, so there needs to be a way of "proofing" what's to be done before doing anything.
    2. There will be times where it is inappropriate (eg. in quoted work by other authors).
    3. The referencing differs depending on whether the term is in a Footnote or not.
    4. I'd need to check for already-existing links, variant grammatical forms, etc.
  • Maybe try this out using the case of "Supervenience".
Footnote 7:
  • Once the size-limitation on Notes has been resolved.
Footnote 9:
  • See Link (https://www.sistrix.com/smart/)
  • This used to be called Optimizr, see Link (http://www.optimizr.com/).
  • A quick look doesn’t show it to be an obvious scam, but I need to double-check.
  • An unsolicited analysis of my site turned up monthly from Optimizr from January 2015 to October 2017, listing a large number of “problems” that I think I know about, but which are in the queue to address.
  • It restarted in February 2018, under the Sistrix name (this seems to have been associated with Optimizr since November 2015).
  • The free version of this software is restricted to 1,000 pages, which is a very small proportion of my Site, though I may be able to point it to difference base-URLs.
  • But I do need to address the problems validly itemised, and a sub-set is still useful.
Footnote 11:
  • I'm not sure what was intended here.
Footnote 12:
  • This is now archaic, and was subsequently largely abandoned, though useful at the time.
Footnote 13:
  • I'm not sure what was intended here.
Footnote 15:
  • This occurs in these reports, but possibly elsewhere.
Footnote 16:
  • This is complicated for a number of reasons:-
    1. There will be false positives, so there needs to be a way of "proofing" what's to be done before doing anything.
    2. There will be times where it is inappropriate (eg. in quoted work by other authors).
    3. The referencing differs depending on whether the term is in a Footnote or not.
    4. I'd need to check for already-existing links, variant grammatical forms, etc.
  • Maybe try this out using the case of "Supervenience".
Footnote 20:
  • Once the size-limitation on Notes has been resolved.
Footnote 21:
  • See Link (https://www.sistrix.com/smart/)
  • This used to be called Optimizr, see Link (http://www.optimizr.com/).
  • A quick look doesn’t show it to be an obvious scam, but I need to double-check.
  • An unsolicited analysis of my site turned up monthly from Optimizr from January 2015 to October 2017, listing a large number of “problems” that I think I know about, but which are in the queue to address.
  • It restarted in February 2018, under the Sistrix name (this seems to have been associated with Optimizr since November 2015).
  • The free version of this software is restricted to 1,000 pages, which is a very small proportion of my Site, though I may be able to point it to difference base-URLs.
  • But I do need to address the problems validly itemised, and a sub-set is still useful.
Footnote 22:
  • This is now archaic, and was subsequently largely abandoned, though useful at the time.


Note last updated: 19/06/2018 09:02:53


Footnote 1: (Website Generator Documentation - Control Page)

A schematic representation of the front screen of the MS Access application that generates my website is as below.

  • I know it's a bit crowded, but it's for private use.
  • Click on "Code" for links through to the VBA code.
  • For functional documentation, click on "Note". The functions are bunched into classes, so many links will take you to the same place initially.
  • The usual colour-conventions are not followed. This is all my own work!
  • This Note is awaiting further attention.

Tables showing (approximately) when the underlying procedures were updated are given via the links below:-

 THEO TODMAN'S WEBSITE GENERATOR 
Gen - Identity Papers Read
Code + Note
Search Papers
Code + Note
Webpage - Notes Export
Code + Note
Notes Table By Group
Code + Note
Gen - Identity Papers Read (Sub-Topic)
Code + Note
Papers Table
Code + Note
Printable Note Export
Code + Note
Auto Reference Notes
Code
Gen - Identity Papers Full
Code + Note
Search Books
Code + Note
Update Thesis Dashboard
Code + Note
Prune Website
Code
Gen - Identity Papers Full (Sub-Topic)
Code + Note
Books Table
Code + Note
Missing Timesheet Tasks
Code + Note
Development Log
Code + Note
Gen - Philosophy Papers Full
Code + Note
Search Notes
Code + Note
Books on Order
Code + Note
Full Website Re-Gen
Code + Note
Gen - Philosophy Papers Full (by Topic)
Code + Note
Notes Table
Code + Note
Create Website Maintenance Dashboard
Code + Note
Update / Check Web Links
Code + Note
Gen - Philosophy Papers Full (SubTopic)
Code + Note
Webpage - Paper Abstracts
Code
Monthly Reporting
Code + Note
Backups + ZoomSearch
Code + Note
Webpage - Books
Code + Note
Display Changed Paper Abstracts
Code + Note
This Month's Summary
Code + Note
Open Notes Archive Regen Form
Code + Note
Webpage - Books (by Topic)
Code + Note
Paper Abstract Archive
Code + Note
Temp Notes
Code + Note
Run Web Spider
Code + Note
Webpage - Books (by Location)
Code + Note
Webpage - Paper + Book Summaries Regen
Code + Note
PI Webpage Generator
Code
Regenerate Book Citings Pages
Code + Note
Regenerate Books to Papers Link-Pages
Code + Note
Display Changed Paper + Book Summaries
Code + Note
Recalculation + Housekeeping
Code + Note
Regenerate Paper Citings Pages
Code + Note
Regenerate Papers to Notes Link-Pages
Code + Note
Paper + Book Summaries Archive
Code + Note
Philosophers Index Abstract Search
Code + Note
Notes_To_Print + Notes_Archive Tables
Code + Note
Regenerate Books to Notes Link-Pages
Code + Note
Search / Add Author Narratives
Code + Note
Webpage - Precis Export
Code + Note
Webpage - Concatenated Notes
Code + Note
Regenerate BookPaperAbstract-Pages
Code + Note
Output Author Narrative Webpages
Code + Note
Webpage - Electronic Resources
Code + Note
Spare
Note
Spare
Note
Books Move
Code + Note
Run Code Documenter
Code + Note
Spare
Note
Spare
Note
CLOSE APPLICATION
Code
Spare
Note

Note last updated: 26/05/2018 01:17:46


Footnote 2: (Website - Progress to Date)

Rationale for this Document

  • This report summarises progress to date on my Web Tools project.
  • I have now automated the detailed upgrade path reporting, in that lists of “Items Completed” are automatically appended – based on my Development Log – each time this report is run. Completed developments are listed below in two sequences:-
    1. By Date
    2. By Category
  • I produce a variety of other documents related to my Web Tools Project:-
    1. A Quarterly Status Report.
    2. Functional Documentation.
    3. Technical Documentation
    4. Outstanding Developments.
  • A Functional Overview, which appears below, ought to be merged with the Functional Documentation. I intend to make a major update annually, on change of “Academic Year”, but have not done so since end September 2009, so it is somewhat out of date.


Functional Overview
  • MS Access database built and substantially populated for the following objects, lists of which (catalogued by author or title) are available on the web:-
    1. Books
    2. Papers
    3. Abstracts
    4. Notes
    5. Essays
    6. Precis
  • Website-generation routines built in MS Access VBA. Basically, web-page templates are held in the database, and are used to format documents, also held in the database, and create all the interlinking between them. See this picture for the front screen (hopefully, if you click on the image it’ll expand so you can read the text on the controls!).
  • The publishing of the website to the commercially-hosted domain is via AceFTP. In practice, I use a local copy of the web-site when at home (though the performance of the web-based copy is excellent with 2mb broadband), and republish the site to the Web once a week. Updated pages are automatically copied to a Transfer directory as they are regenerated. This directory is then moved to the public website (hence is self-deleting). That means AceFTP is perfectly adequate for maintaining the website.
  • Some attention has been paid to usability on mobile hand-held devices, with alternative “cut down” lists for easy hand-held access.
  • I have developed some rudimentary document formatting capabilities.
    1. Automated hyperlinks.
    2. Bulleted lists.
    3. Blank lines.
    4. Embedded HTML tags have to be used for other functions like emboldening and underlining.
  • There is document versioning in place:
    1. to protect against accidental overwriting of the various objects, and
    2. for performance reasons (so that only changed web-pages are regenerated).
    3. So that the development of thought can be followed through.
  • My pride and joy is the two-way hyper-linking within the Notes arena, and between the Notes and the Books / Papers / Abstracts database, which was the original motivation for the whole project. The ID of the linked document is keyed into the text and the website generator maintains the superscripts, document sectioning and the forward and backward hyperlinks.
  • Directly printable Notes are automatically generated using recursive procedure calls (with a parameter to fix the depth of scan), with subtle tweaks to ensure that footnotes are only printed once and that they are printed in a sensible order (rather than when first referred to: there are references forward and backward in the document). Also, only the major Note (rather than all its footnotes) is printed if an “out of patch” reference occurs (ie. a reference to a Note in a different Note Group). Other features for printable Notes are:
    1. For Notes with the "link to the printed version" embedded in the Note itself, I archive the webpage for the printable version, together with the linkage to it, when the Note itself is archived (ie. as the result of amendment). Thus "printable versions" should always display the appropriate versions of all links, even when triggered from archived versions ("Previous Published Version") of the Notes.
    2. Printed Notes have appended to them a list of (and links to the Summaries of) all Papers and Books either Referenced by the Sub-Topic associated with the Note's title, or directly cited. Also included are all similar references in all footnotes within the depth of scan (while ensuring no duplication).
    3. There are "mix and match" options of printing all footnote references (including the "forwarding items") and printing the reading list.
    4. For Printable Notes where further footnotes are to be suppressed (either because outside the depth of scan, or because the referenced Note is "out of patch", or where referencing/forwarding of repeat footnotes is suppressed), the sub/superscripting which would otherwise encourage the reader to look for a non-existent Footnote is suppressed.
    5. A page explains what's going on with printable Notes!
  • A Blog and an Animadversions pages are produced, using the Notes technology, together with corresponding Jump Tables. Colour conventions have been adopted to distinguish my thoughts from those of correspondents.
  • “Private” Notes that aren’t ready to be published (or are never intended for publication) are only visible on my local site, with a polite notice appearing on the public site.
  • A “Temp” status allows the format / content of Notes to be iterated without burdening the archive or the public; the previously-published Note remains published until the Temp status of the Note is removed.
  • A master "all by category" Jump Table shows the numbers of notes by category, and hyperlinks to the categorised Jump Tables.
  • Jump Tables show the number of Notes by category that have changed in the last 1, 2 or 4 weeks, together with links to the next level jump-tables that provide a convenient route to the changed Notes.
  • I have added a password-protected area to the website (initially for MPhil/PhD Supervision material). This involved some careful programming to ensure the intra-website hyperlinks in and out of this area still worked.
  • Lists created of web-sites relevant to Personal Identity research and of the location and associated content-range of electronic journals.


Items Completed In6:-
  • 18Q2
    1. Architecture: Adjusted MS Access Control Page to feature new functions (Development Log & Automatic XRef) and consolidated Notes_Lists.
    2. Process: Re-engineered Website Maintenance Dashboard to show extra topical links (and show them at the top of the page).
    3. Spider: Spider was generating WebRefs. Procedurally, this ought not to have been possible. It turned out to be because unprocessed references got added to the end of the last WebLinks_Tester_Brief. I've stopped this happening, so hopefully the problem will not recur.
    4. WebRefs: Created Functor to add stats to Website Generator Documentation - Web Links page.
  • 18Q1
    1. Bridge: Corrected format of Links from Bridge Page
    2. Documenter: Documenter Bug-fixes: Objects in Comments, MsgBoxs & Debugs
    3. Documenter: Created consolidated Development Log, and updated "Progress to Date" and "Outstanding Developments" Reports
    4. Infrastructure: Migration of Website from UKServers to Namesco. Test out.
    5. Notes: Notes Functor10 Processing: Phase 1
      1. Basic processing to interpret comments in HTML code
      2. 01: Quarterly Report: Activity insert
      3. 02: Development Log report - Completed Items by Date
      4. 03: Development Log report - Outstanding Items by Priority
      5. 04: Development Log report - Outstanding Items by Category
      6. 05: Development Log report - Completed Items by Category
      7. 06: Quarterly Report: Priority 1 Outstanding Developments by Category
    6. Notes: Removed old "Printable Notes" links from Archived Notes
    7. Notes: Extended deduction of Note links to Papers, and Papers with embedded Notes.
    8. Notes: Automated format-change of old tables in Notes and Notes_Archive
    9. Papers: Correction of narratives on Note time-recording pseudo-papers
    10. Process: Wrote a routine to update a set of .htm files, replacing text in them all
    11. Process: Improved efficiency of daily changes regeneration (removed msgboxes)
    12. Status: Created web-page generator for Development items (ie. Created the Web-Project "To Do" List and "Outstanding Developments" directly from this list).
    13. WebRefs: Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 1
      1. Completed "as is" functional documentation so I could see what's going on.
      2. Re-engineered so it made sense and ran efficiently without bugs
      3. Fixed the obvious data errors that confused the statistics - ie. where the returned URL differs from that requested and https issues.
      4. Wrote / improved diagnostic reports (web pages)
    14. WebRefs: Determined & reported usage directly using embedded +WnnnW+ encoding rather than via the Spider. Reconciled the two methods.
  • 17Q4
    1. Architecture: Automated links between Quarterly reports (Task Lists)
    2. Books/Papers: New "Recent Acquisitions" Book List - Uncategorised
    3. Documenter: Code Archive: Hadn't been working - fixed and recovered a selection from backups
    4. Documenter: Code Archive: Created Web-pages of Recent Code Changes
    5. Notes: Enabled deduction of Note link by omitting the Note ID from the mark-up and doing a look up on the key-word and its varients.
    6. Notes: Added %age complete to Notes Reading Lists
    7. Timesheets: Separated Time Recording for Aeon
  • 17Q3
    1. Notes: Added Colour-coded "quality markers" to Notes: included them in lists and jump-tables
  • 17Q2
    1. Bridge: Created hyperlinks from my consolidated results pages to the actual results
    2. Search: Wrote routines to create a cut-down Website excluding pages with irrelevant or duplicated information. Used this to create the ZoomSearch facility.
  • 17Q1
    1. Bridge: Created Master Point Lists & Promotions for the ECBA website.
    2. Bridge: Added new features (70s Club & Monthly Pairs Winners) to my Bridge mini-websites.
  • 16Q4
    1. Spider: Added “.shtml” and “.shtm” to the list of web-suffices.
  • 16Q3
    1. Acts: Developed a website for displaying the textual and grammatical analyses and appendices of Pete’s PhD on the Acts of the Apostles. Two versions: Live (Acts: Live Site (http://www.acts-research.website/)) and Test (Acts: Test Site (http://www.theotodman.com/Petes_PhD/index.htm)).
    2. Bridge: Revived the archive website for Mountnessing Bridge Club (Mountnessing Bridge Club Archive (http://mountnessing.theotodman.com/index.shtml)).
  • 16Q2
    1. Clock: Created a "chess clock" application to help time tasks. Not much use in the end.
  • 16Q1
    • Own Website
      1. Books/Papers: Created direct links from Subject, Topic & Sub-topic (in Book and Paper Summaries) to their link pages.
      2. Documenter: Created an automatic Forms documenter – with links to the code.
      3. Notes: Allowed Note- & Footnote-links from multiple words17. This is such a useful feature!
      4. Notes: Enabled direct links to Notes from within Footnotes.
      5. Notes: Completed converting “static” pages to Notes.
      6. Notes: Stopped (I hope!) “private” Notes showing in Paper Abstracts.
      7. WebRefs: Some tidying up of the 3,000-odd external links from my website.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Accommodated Alaric’s new scoring system for St. Edith’s.
      2. Bridge: Reconciled my X-IMP calculations with a new feature provided by Bridgewebs.
      3. Bridge: Created Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s ladders for my mini-websites.
  • 15Q4
    • Own Website
      1. Abstracts: Corrected data format on Identity Abstracts
      2. Aesthetics: Reduced font + changed text in ubiquitous THEO'S PAGE heading
      3. Authors: Provided easy links to works by the same author; Books, Papers; Joint authors
      4. Authors: Corrected author's names (SN (FN)) for all papers and books
      5. Backups: Enhanced my backup system to prune items backed up multiple times (eg. if they moved directory).
      6. Books/Papers: Neatened up the linkage headers in Book & Paper Abstracts.
      7. Books/Papers: Updated booklists to include shelf-identifiers
      8. Data: Corrected data content on Identity Sub-topics
      9. Documenter: Segregated the code-archive, which was bloating18 the generator database.
      10. Notes: Converted the “static” pages in my website to Note format (so they can change and retain history).
      11. Notes: Fixed problem of images not appearing in "Printed" Notes (wrong directory level) unless the images are repeated
      12. Process: Created a consolidated processor to enable overnight regeneration of the whole website.
      13. Spider: Finally cracked the Spider for external links, and used it to check the 3,000-odd links from my website. Some tidying up outstanding.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Segregated the Bridge website generators from those for my own website. They now live in separate databases and have their own documenters.
  • 15Q3
    • Own Website
      1. Architecture: Made a lot of progress on improving the hyperlinking in my own website – I’ve broken the back of this project. The links now work accurately, but I need to ensure the efficient propagation of linkage changes across the site without requiring a complete regeneration.
      2. Notes: Tidied up the archived Notes.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Ported my “handicap / improvers” routines from Hutton to “Mini Websites”.
      2. Bridge: Created a new website (using Bridgewebs) for the First Class Bridge Academy (First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/)).
      3. Enigma: Created a small website for a music group Julie and I attend – the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/).
      4. Sophie: Completed the upgrade of Sophie Botros19’s website; see Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/).
  • 15Q2
    1. Bridge: Development of the “Eve Goblets” (victor ludorum) software for the ECBA, and roll-over to the new season.
  • 15Q1
    • Own Website
      1. Architecture: Vastly improved the “bulleting” options in Notes, etc.
      2. Authors: Improved the format and content of “Authors” pages.
      3. Timesheets: Segregated time-recording so I can easily see how much time is spent developing and supporting my own website, and how much is spent on those of other organisations.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Started a project to provide small websites for bridge clubs without sites: Essex Bridge Results (http://www.essexbridgeresults.org.uk/).
      2. Bridge: Took on the ECBA Website (Link (http://www.essexbridge.co.uk/)), at the cost of considerable effort by way of reformatting & tidy-up.
      3. Bridge: Further improvements to my Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs calculation routines.
  • 14Q4
    • Own Website
      1. Notes: Made improvements to the regeneration and referencing of archived Notes.
      2. Spider: Fixed the bug wherein the Spider ran out of system resources on large runs: now compacts & repairs the slave database as it does along (every 200k links; parameterised).
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Improvements to my Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs calculation routines – different formats, including the Jeff Smith format, and extension to Butler-scored Pairs events. This work has been taken up by the ECBA selectors for county-team selection.
  • 14Q3
    • Own Website
      1. Notes: Created a progress-tracker for my Thesis.
      2. Notes: Started to split Paper Abstracts from Write-ups.
      3. Notes: Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for Notes links.
      4. Spider: Continued working on my Spider and started to use it to clean up my website by diagnosing broken links.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Created a suite of programs to extract data and calculate Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs from the travellers on Bridgewebs Teams events, and output ranking-lists to the Web.
  • 14Q2
    1. Architecture: Added extra linkages between pages (eg. on Author).
    2. Authors: Created the facility for Author Narratives.
    3. Backups: Used a clone of my Spider routines to create a backup and restore system.
    4. Documenter: Created multiple secure areas on my website, so that Documentation is no longer hiding under my Supervision Notes.
    5. Notes: 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.
  • 14Q1
    1. Architecture: Repaired / updated my Website site-map.
    2. Notes: Made a lot of improvements to my Site generators, in particular the pesky bug that stopped the links to archived Notes working correctly.
    3. Process: Improved the regeneration routines for the various classes of webpage, and got them to record statistics in support of the “Website Regeneration Dashboard”.
    4. Process: 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.
  • 13Q3
    1. Architecture: Sorted conflicts between Subject, Topic & Sub-Topic IDs
    2. Books/Papers: Improved linkages between Book/Paper Lists and Summaries or Abstracts
    3. Books/Papers: Made enhancements to "Books & Papers Collection Categorised" Pages
    4. Notes: Simplified / Re-engineered Notes processing
    5. Notes: "Single Image" development for Notes
    6. Notes: Allowed "Authors Works Lists" to be linked-to from Notes
    7. Notes: Created Archived Notes Re-Export facility
    8. Status: Re-engineered Monthly Reporting on Change of Year
    9. Technology: Converted Tables to CSS3 standard
    10. Technology: Used CSS in all manually-crafted and automatically-generated pages
    11. Timesheets: 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.
  • 13Q2
    • Own Website
      1. Architecture: Replaced macros with code.
      2. Architecture: Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for links to Books, Papers and Authors. That is, where one of my bespoke tags (eg. +B21) doesn’t match with its corresponding anti-tag (eg. B+).
      3. Books/Papers: Improved the linkage between Papers and Books.
      4. Books/Papers: Developed "Books by Location" Pages
      5. Bridge: Created “Consolidated Bridge Results” webpages (for my own results).
      6. Documenter: Wrote the Code Documenter.
      7. Documenter: Created a code & query archive facility as part of the Code Documenter.
      8. Notes: Improved "Concatenated Notes" production
      9. Photos: Reduced the size of photos (to make the pages quicker to load).
      10. Spider: De-bugged the Spider.
      11. Status: Improved "This Month's Summary" Reporting
      12. Status: Improved Quarterly Reporting
      13. WebRefs: Some pages render oddly in Chrome (and maybe other browsers) – investigated22.
    • Other Websites
      1. Bridge: Merged23 Philosophy & Bridge Databases
  • 13Q1
    1. Status: Re-engineered Monthly Reporting Tables & improved Monthly Reporting
    2. Technology: Standardised to HTML524
  • 12Q3
    1. General: Improved Titles for Search Results display optimisation
  • 11Q4
    1. Books/Papers: Showed Percentage of Paper / Book Read
  • 11Q2
    1. Authors: Created Author Cross-reference
    2. Books/Papers: Added “changed dates” to Paper and Book abstracts, and produced “recently changed” pages for them
    3. Books/Papers: Created Inter-Book-Paper Citings Cross-reference
  • 10Q3
    1. Notes: Wrote routines to automatically generate the “Printable Notes” footer – and to create the corresponding web pages – from the control table. Very useful.
    2. WebRefs: Improved the functionality for automatically generating external Web-links in Notes, Book Abstracts and Paper Abstracts. Corrected current data to accommodate the new code.
  • 10Q2
    1. Footnotes: Added intra-Note footnotes – a real breakthrough (strange I’d not thought of this before). It will enable me to convert to Note form all the old .pdfs from my undergraduate days – which are replete with footnotes – if this is any use.
    2. Spider: Wrote my own Web Spider.
      1. It’s a little bit of a cheat, in that it doesn’t actually invoke the web-links, but crawls through my directory structure selecting all the .htm files, and rummages through the HTML looking for links which it then copies to a table.
      2. It also maintains a table of the directory structure and files therein, and then works out the real address from the relative addressing.
      3. It then allows cross-checking between the links and the files.
      4. Links external to the site have to be investigated manually (at least I have a list of all the links) – unless I can work out how to use the list to power a browser to check.
      5. There are about 333k links in 55k files – the full run took about 8 hours.
      6. It now runs incrementally based on file last-updated dates.
  • 09Q4
    1. Notes: Restricted the size of the “previous versions” tables for Notes to 12.
    2. Process: Set up my database system to roll forward to the next academic year, and generate web-pages appropriately.
  • 09Q3
    1. Books/Papers: Completed a full 2-way link from Book/Paper Summaries to Notes.
    2. Books/Papers: Made a lot of changes to the way Books and Papers are categorised; in particular:-
      1. Added 2-level jump tables, to save the browser being crowded with hundreds of cross-categorisations in the same page.
      2. While it’s OK for Books, it seems to have a few potholes for Papers, as some of the links fail.
      3. The problem may be something to do with my economical way of suppressing redundant sub-categorisation - ie. where one or more of Subject, Topic and Sub-topic are the same.
    3. Notes: Ensured that the Notes Reading-list is generated from all 3 sub-topics.
    4. Notes: Enabled Concatenated Notes (by Group). This is only allowed for “Identity” Notes at the moment, which is what I’d wanted it for. It allows all Notes for a Group to be printed off in Title sequence, for ease of review.
    5. Notes: Enabled automatic immediate promotion to Live Website of selected Temp Notes.
    6. Notes: Functionally enhanced the Notes-generation processing options; to make niftier production possible. In particular, where individual Notes are selected, I made the re-generation of the cross-references optional (so that if only textual variation is being iterated, the iterations are quicker).
    7. Notes: Improved the performance of “All Notes” regeneration. The problem was with the generation of the generic reading lists based on Note Title. These only apply to the “Identity” Notes, and it was taking a long time to determine there was no list to produce.
    8. Process: Created a “performance stats” database and routines to write to it – though I only implemented them for the Notes generator.
  • 09Q2
    1. Architecture: Created Site-map for Website
    2. Books/Papers: De-duplicated Books / Papers to Notes links
    3. Books/Papers: Added "quality marker" to Paper & Book Abstracts
    4. Books/Papers: Improved, and corrected errors in, the Blackberry-friendly formatted lists of Books and Papers.
    5. Notes: Added a table of Notes history at the end of each Note (ie. not just previous version) - to save tedious chaining
  • 09Q1
    1. Books/Papers: Provided an automated link from Books / Papers to the Notes referencing them
    2. Books/Papers: Improved the Books / Papers to Notes links to include the right Version and Section (and historical Title) of the Note
    3. Books/Papers: Created automatic links from Paper Summary to Book Summary
    4. Books/Papers: Enhanced Books to Papers links to include papers multiply held
    5. Books/Papers: Enabled links from Books to the Papers contained therein
    6. Notes: Created optional "don't print" feature for specific footnotes.
    7. Notes: Added reading-list (of works cited) at the end of the Note, as well as in the Printed Note
    8. Notes: Fixed the problem of the overpopulation of the Notes directory
    9. Notes: Option for Notes-Regen:
      1. Changed-only
      2. Changed, and all impacted by Change
      3. All
  • 08Q4
    1. Timesheets: Updated Book totals from totals of the Papers contained therein
  • 08Q1
    1. Notes: Allowed regeneration of Temp Notes only
  • 07Q4
    1. Architecture: Added password-protection to selected pages
    2. Notes: Added referenced reading lists to printable version of Notes
    3. Notes: Added referenced Books / Papers as footnote jump table to Notes
    4. Notes: Improve "Temp" note processing. Suppress "_T" suffix (just don't copy to Transfer)
    5. Notes: When a Note is archived, ensured a printable note is also archived25 (if this Note has a print)
    6. Search: Created search facility using ZoomSearch
  • 07Q3
    1. Animadversions: Added a "hot topics" link - things that I'm currently working on and want feedback ("Animadversions")
    2. Footnotes: Improved transparency of Footnote referencing in printed Notes
    3. Notes: Created26 a "quick lookup" table of responses to a note and its sub-notes (recursive function on Notes_Links)
    4. Notes: Created "respondent notes" - database identifier & red indicator + text
    5. Notes: Enabled generation of printable version of Notes
    6. Notes: Made Note-change-history available on-line (added status + publishable flags)
  • 07Q2
    1. Abstracts: Created auto-backup of Abstracts, and more efficient maintenance web-routines
    2. Abstracts: Added "Extra Data" parallel to Abstracts; ie. "More …" (Location etc.)
    3. Abstracts: Segregated Abstracts into multiple directories
    4. Architecture: Segregated database27 into Master and Slaves (code, papers, books, notes, web control, … vs PI)
    5. Architecture: Tidied up Footers throughout Philosophy Papers site (made into tables)
    6. Books/Papers: Created "Identity Read Papers by Sub-Topic" list
    7. Books/Papers: Jump-Tables: added "by topic" option
    8. Books/Papers: Created "Identity Papers Full by Sub-Topic" list
    9. Books/Papers: Added change of author or title in "Abstracts audit"
    10. Books/Papers: Added "read" column in papers / books lists
    11. Books/Papers: Added Flags for "laptop" and "photocopy"; removed document location from Comments
    12. Books/Papers: Added Book Comments and Abstracts (as "More…") to Book-lists
    13. Books/Papers: Created "Papers by Title within Topic" list
    14. Books/Papers: Created "BB-friendly28" lists: Papers (Full) and Books
    15. Books/Papers: Added multiple Jump-levels for BB Lists (to keep pages small)
    16. Footnotes: Created auto-renumbering29 routine for Footnotes
    17. Footnotes: Created auto-backup of Footnotes30, and more efficient maintenance web-routines
    18. General: Improved "Disclaimer31" Page. Reduce font, add ref to philosophy databases + hyperlinks
    19. Notes: Allowed two sorts of Note - document-specific ("Write-up") and general
    20. Notes: Added "footnote" pages32 for Carthusians & King's
    21. Notes: Added "outgoing links" summary footer to Notes pages
    22. Process: Improved ease of FTP process by use of Transfer Directory
    23. WebRefs: Made Web Refs in Comments / Abstracts into Hyperlinks


  1. Own Website: Completed Items By Category:-
    • Abstracts
      1. 15Q4: Corrected data format on Identity Abstracts
      2. 07Q2: Added "Extra Data" parallel to Abstracts; ie. "More …" (Location etc.)
      3. 07Q2: Created auto-backup of Abstracts, and more efficient maintenance web-routines
      4. 07Q2: Segregated Abstracts into multiple directories
    • Aesthetics
      1. 15Q4: Reduced font + changed text in ubiquitous THEO'S PAGE heading
    • Animadversions
      1. 07Q3: Added a "hot topics" link - things that I'm currently working on and want feedback ("Animadversions")
    • Architecture
      1. 18Q2: Adjusted MS Access Control Page to feature new functions (Development Log & Automatic XRef) and consolidated Notes_Lists.
      2. 17Q4: Automated links between Quarterly reports (Task Lists)
      3. 15Q3: Made a lot of progress on improving the hyperlinking in my own website – I’ve broken the back of this project. The links now work accurately, but I need to ensure the efficient propagation of linkage changes across the site without requiring a complete regeneration.
      4. 15Q1: Vastly improved the “bulleting” options in Notes, etc.
      5. 14Q2: Added extra linkages between pages (eg. on Author).
      6. 14Q1: Repaired / updated my Website site-map.
      7. 13Q3: Sorted conflicts between Subject, Topic & Sub-Topic IDs
      8. 13Q2: Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for links to Books, Papers and Authors. That is, where one of my bespoke tags (eg. +B34) doesn’t match with its corresponding anti-tag (eg. B+).
      9. 13Q2: Replaced macros with code.
      10. 09Q2: Created Site-map for Website
      11. 07Q4: Added password-protection to selected pages
      12. 07Q2: Segregated database35 into Master and Slaves (code, papers, books, notes, web control, … vs PI)
      13. 07Q2: Tidied up Footers throughout Philosophy Papers site (made into tables)
    • Authors
      1. 15Q4: Corrected author's names (SN (FN)) for all papers and books
      2. 15Q4: Provided easy links to works by the same author; Books, Papers; Joint authors
      3. 15Q1: Improved the format and content of “Authors” pages.
      4. 14Q2: Created the facility for Author Narratives.
      5. 11Q2: Created Author Cross-reference
    • Backups
      1. 15Q4: Enhanced my backup system to prune items backed up multiple times (eg. if they moved directory).
      2. 14Q2: Used a clone of my Spider routines to create a backup and restore system.
    • Books/Papers
      1. 17Q4: New "Recent Acquisitions" Book List - Uncategorised
      2. 16Q1: Created direct links from Subject, Topic & Sub-topic (in Book and Paper Summaries) to their link pages.
      3. 15Q4: Neatened up the linkage headers in Book & Paper Abstracts.
      4. 15Q4: Updated booklists to include shelf-identifiers
      5. 13Q3: Improved linkages between Book/Paper Lists and Summaries or Abstracts
      6. 13Q3: Made enhancements to "Books & Papers Collection Categorised" Pages
      7. 13Q2: Developed "Books by Location" Pages
      8. 13Q2: Improved the linkage between Papers and Books.
      9. 11Q4: Showed Percentage of Paper / Book Read
      10. 11Q2: Added “changed dates” to Paper and Book abstracts, and produced “recently changed” pages for them
      11. 11Q2: Created Inter-Book-Paper Citings Cross-reference
      12. 09Q3: Completed a full 2-way link from Book/Paper Summaries to Notes.
      13. 09Q3: Made a lot of changes to the way Books and Papers are categorised; in particular:-
        1. Added 2-level jump tables, to save the browser being crowded with hundreds of cross-categorisations in the same page.
        2. While it’s OK for Books, it seems to have a few potholes for Papers, as some of the links fail.
        3. The problem may be something to do with my economical way of suppressing redundant sub-categorisation - ie. where one or more of Subject, Topic and Sub-topic are the same.
      14. 09Q2: Added "quality marker" to Paper & Book Abstracts
      15. 09Q2: De-duplicated Books / Papers to Notes links
      16. 09Q2: Improved, and corrected errors in, the Blackberry-friendly formatted lists of Books and Papers.
      17. 09Q1: Created automatic links from Paper Summary to Book Summary
      18. 09Q1: Enabled links from Books to the Papers contained therein
      19. 09Q1: Enhanced Books to Papers links to include papers multiply held
      20. 09Q1: Improved the Books / Papers to Notes links to include the right Version and Section (and historical Title) of the Note
      21. 09Q1: Provided an automated link from Books / Papers to the Notes referencing them
      22. 07Q2: Added "read" column in papers / books lists
      23. 07Q2: Added Book Comments and Abstracts (as "More…") to Book-lists
      24. 07Q2: Added change of author or title in "Abstracts audit"
      25. 07Q2: Added Flags for "laptop" and "photocopy"; removed document location from Comments
      26. 07Q2: Added multiple Jump-levels for BB Lists (to keep pages small)
      27. 07Q2: Created "BB-friendly36" lists: Papers (Full) and Books
      28. 07Q2: Created "Identity Papers Full by Sub-Topic" list
      29. 07Q2: Created "Identity Read Papers by Sub-Topic" list
      30. 07Q2: Created "Papers by Title within Topic" list
      31. 07Q2: Jump-Tables: added "by topic" option
    • Bridge
      1. 18Q1: Corrected format of Links from Bridge Page
      2. 17Q2: Created hyperlinks from my consolidated results pages to the actual results
      3. 13Q2: Created “Consolidated Bridge Results” webpages (for my own results).
    • Clock
      1. 16Q2: Created a "chess clock" application to help time tasks. Not much use in the end.
    • Data
      1. 15Q4: Corrected data content on Identity Sub-topics
    • Documenter
      1. 18Q1: Created consolidated Development Log, and updated "Progress to Date" and "Outstanding Developments" Reports
      2. 18Q1: Documenter Bug-fixes: Objects in Comments, MsgBoxs & Debugs
      3. 17Q4: Code Archive: Created Web-pages of Recent Code Changes
      4. 17Q4: Code Archive: Hadn't been working - fixed and recovered a selection from backups
      5. 16Q1: Created an automatic Forms documenter – with links to the code.
      6. 15Q4: Segregated the code-archive, which was bloating37 the generator database.
      7. 14Q2: Created multiple secure areas on my website, so that Documentation is no longer hiding under my Supervision Notes.
      8. 13Q2: Created a code & query archive facility as part of the Code Documenter.
      9. 13Q2: Wrote the Code Documenter.
    • Footnotes
      1. 10Q2: Added intra-Note footnotes – a real breakthrough (strange I’d not thought of this before). It will enable me to convert to Note form all the old .pdfs from my undergraduate days – which are replete with footnotes – if this is any use.
      2. 07Q3: Improved transparency of Footnote referencing in printed Notes
      3. 07Q2: Created auto-backup of Footnotes38, and more efficient maintenance web-routines
      4. 07Q2: Created auto-renumbering39 routine for Footnotes
    • General
      1. 12Q3: Improved Titles for Search Results display optimisation
      2. 07Q2: Improved "Disclaimer40" Page. Reduce font, add ref to philosophy databases + hyperlinks
    • Infrastructure
      1. 18Q1: Migration of Website from UKServers to Namesco. Test out.
    • Notes
      1. 18Q1: Automated format-change of old tables in Notes and Notes_Archive
      2. 18Q1: Extended deduction of Note links to Papers, and Papers with embedded Notes.
      3. 18Q1: Notes Functor41 Processing: Phase 1
        1. Basic processing to interpret comments in HTML code
        2. 01: Quarterly Report: Activity insert
        3. 02: Development Log report - Completed Items by Date
        4. 03: Development Log report - Outstanding Items by Priority
        5. 04: Development Log report - Outstanding Items by Category
        6. 05: Development Log report - Completed Items by Category
        7. 06: Quarterly Report: Priority 1 Outstanding Developments by Category
      4. 18Q1: Removed old "Printable Notes" links from Archived Notes
      5. 17Q4: Added %age complete to Notes Reading Lists
      6. 17Q4: Enabled deduction of Note link by omitting the Note ID from the mark-up and doing a look up on the key-word and its varients.
      7. 17Q3: Added Colour-coded "quality markers" to Notes: included them in lists and jump-tables
      8. 16Q1: Allowed Note- & Footnote-links from multiple words48. This is such a useful feature!
      9. 16Q1: Completed converting “static” pages to Notes.
      10. 16Q1: Enabled direct links to Notes from within Footnotes.
      11. 16Q1: Stopped (I hope!) “private” Notes showing in Paper Abstracts.
      12. 15Q4: Converted the “static” pages in my website to Note format (so they can change and retain history).
      13. 15Q4: Fixed problem of images not appearing in "Printed" Notes (wrong directory level) unless the images are repeated
      14. 15Q3: Tidied up the archived Notes.
      15. 14Q4: Made improvements to the regeneration and referencing of archived Notes.
      16. 14Q3: Created a progress-tracker for my Thesis.
      17. 14Q3: Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for Notes links.
      18. 14Q3: Started to split Paper Abstracts from Write-ups.
      19. 14Q2: 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.
      20. 14Q1: Made a lot of improvements to my Site generators, in particular the pesky bug that stopped the links to archived Notes working correctly.
      21. 13Q3: "Single Image" development for Notes
      22. 13Q3: Allowed "Authors Works Lists" to be linked-to from Notes
      23. 13Q3: Created Archived Notes Re-Export facility
      24. 13Q3: Simplified / Re-engineered Notes processing
      25. 13Q2: Improved "Concatenated Notes" production
      26. 10Q3: Wrote routines to automatically generate the “Printable Notes” footer – and to create the corresponding web pages – from the control table. Very useful.
      27. 09Q4: Restricted the size of the “previous versions” tables for Notes to 12.
      28. 09Q3: Enabled automatic immediate promotion to Live Website of selected Temp Notes.
      29. 09Q3: Enabled Concatenated Notes (by Group). This is only allowed for “Identity” Notes at the moment, which is what I’d wanted it for. It allows all Notes for a Group to be printed off in Title sequence, for ease of review.
      30. 09Q3: Ensured that the Notes Reading-list is generated from all 3 sub-topics.
      31. 09Q3: Functionally enhanced the Notes-generation processing options; to make niftier production possible. In particular, where individual Notes are selected, I made the re-generation of the cross-references optional (so that if only textual variation is being iterated, the iterations are quicker).
      32. 09Q3: Improved the performance of “All Notes” regeneration. The problem was with the generation of the generic reading lists based on Note Title. These only apply to the “Identity” Notes, and it was taking a long time to determine there was no list to produce.
      33. 09Q2: Added a table of Notes history at the end of each Note (ie. not just previous version) - to save tedious chaining
      34. 09Q1: Added reading-list (of works cited) at the end of the Note, as well as in the Printed Note
      35. 09Q1: Created optional "don't print" feature for specific footnotes.
      36. 09Q1: Fixed the problem of the overpopulation of the Notes directory
      37. 09Q1: Option for Notes-Regen:
        1. Changed-only
        2. Changed, and all impacted by Change
        3. All
      38. 08Q1: Allowed regeneration of Temp Notes only
      39. 07Q4: Added referenced Books / Papers as footnote jump table to Notes
      40. 07Q4: Added referenced reading lists to printable version of Notes
      41. 07Q4: Improve "Temp" note processing. Suppress "_T" suffix (just don't copy to Transfer)
      42. 07Q4: When a Note is archived, ensured a printable note is also archived50 (if this Note has a print)
      43. 07Q3: Created "respondent notes" - database identifier & red indicator + text
      44. 07Q3: Created51 a "quick lookup" table of responses to a note and its sub-notes (recursive function on Notes_Links)
      45. 07Q3: Enabled generation of printable version of Notes
      46. 07Q3: Made Note-change-history available on-line (added status + publishable flags)
      47. 07Q2: Added "footnote" pages52 for Carthusians & King's
      48. 07Q2: Added "outgoing links" summary footer to Notes pages
      49. 07Q2: Allowed two sorts of Note - document-specific ("Write-up") and general
    • Papers
      1. 18Q1: Correction of narratives on Note time-recording pseudo-papers
    • Photos
      1. 13Q2: Reduced the size of photos (to make the pages quicker to load).
    • Process
      1. 18Q2: Re-engineered Website Maintenance Dashboard to show extra topical links (and show them at the top of the page).
      2. 18Q1: Improved efficiency of daily changes regeneration (removed msgboxes)
      3. 18Q1: Wrote a routine to update a set of .htm files, replacing text in them all
      4. 15Q4: Created a consolidated processor to enable overnight regeneration of the whole website.
      5. 14Q1: 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.
      6. 14Q1: Improved the regeneration routines for the various classes of webpage, and got them to record statistics in support of the “Website Regeneration Dashboard”.
      7. 09Q4: Set up my database system to roll forward to the next academic year, and generate web-pages appropriately.
      8. 09Q3: Created a “performance stats” database and routines to write to it – though I only implemented them for the Notes generator.
      9. 07Q2: Improved ease of FTP process by use of Transfer Directory
    • Search
      1. 17Q2: Wrote routines to create a cut-down Website excluding pages with irrelevant or duplicated information. Used this to create the ZoomSearch facility.
      2. 07Q4: Created search facility using ZoomSearch
    • Spider
      1. 18Q2: Spider was generating WebRefs. Procedurally, this ought not to have been possible. It turned out to be because unprocessed references got added to the end of the last WebLinks_Tester_Brief. I've stopped this happening, so hopefully the problem will not recur.
      2. 16Q4: Added “.shtml” and “.shtm” to the list of web-suffices.
      3. 15Q4: Finally cracked the Spider for external links, and used it to check the 3,000-odd links from my website. Some tidying up outstanding.
      4. 14Q4: Fixed the bug wherein the Spider ran out of system resources on large runs: now compacts & repairs the slave database as it does along (every 200k links; parameterised).
      5. 14Q3: Continued working on my Spider and started to use it to clean up my website by diagnosing broken links.
      6. 13Q2: De-bugged the Spider.
      7. 10Q2: Wrote my own Web Spider.
        1. It’s a little bit of a cheat, in that it doesn’t actually invoke the web-links, but crawls through my directory structure selecting all the .htm files, and rummages through the HTML looking for links which it then copies to a table.
        2. It also maintains a table of the directory structure and files therein, and then works out the real address from the relative addressing.
        3. It then allows cross-checking between the links and the files.
        4. Links external to the site have to be investigated manually (at least I have a list of all the links) – unless I can work out how to use the list to power a browser to check.
        5. There are about 333k links in 55k files – the full run took about 8 hours.
        6. It now runs incrementally based on file last-updated dates.
    • Status
      1. 18Q1: Created web-page generator for Development items (ie. Created the Web-Project "To Do" List and "Outstanding Developments" directly from this list).
      2. 13Q3: Re-engineered Monthly Reporting on Change of Year
      3. 13Q2: Improved "This Month's Summary" Reporting
      4. 13Q2: Improved Quarterly Reporting
      5. 13Q1: Re-engineered Monthly Reporting Tables & improved Monthly Reporting
    • Technology
      1. 13Q3: Converted Tables to CSS3 standard
      2. 13Q3: Used CSS in all manually-crafted and automatically-generated pages
      3. 13Q1: Standardised to HTML554
    • Timesheets
      1. 17Q4: Separated Time Recording for Aeon
      2. 15Q1: Segregated time-recording so I can easily see how much time is spent developing and supporting my own website, and how much is spent on those of other organisations.
      3. 13Q3: 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.
      4. 08Q4: Updated Book totals from totals of the Papers contained therein
    • WebRefs
      1. 18Q2: Created Functor to add stats to Website Generator Documentation - Web Links page.
      2. 18Q1: Determined & reported usage directly using embedded +WnnnW+ encoding rather than via the Spider. Reconciled the two methods.
      3. 18Q1: Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 1
        1. Completed "as is" functional documentation so I could see what's going on.
        2. Re-engineered so it made sense and ran efficiently without bugs
        3. Fixed the obvious data errors that confused the statistics - ie. where the returned URL differs from that requested and https issues.
        4. Wrote / improved diagnostic reports (web pages)
      4. 16Q1: Some tidying up of the 3,000-odd external links from my website.
      5. 13Q2: Some pages render oddly in Chrome (and maybe other browsers) – investigated56.
      6. 10Q3: Improved the functionality for automatically generating external Web-links in Notes, Book Abstracts and Paper Abstracts. Corrected current data to accommodate the new code.
      7. 07Q2: Made Web Refs in Comments / Abstracts into Hyperlinks
  2. Other Websites: Completed Items By Category:-
    • Acts
      1. 16Q3: Developed a website for displaying the textual and grammatical analyses and appendices of Pete’s PhD on the Acts of the Apostles. Two versions: Live (Acts: Live Site (http://www.acts-research.website/)) and Test (Acts: Test Site (http://www.theotodman.com/Petes_PhD/index.htm)).
    • Bridge
      1. 17Q1: Added new features (70s Club & Monthly Pairs Winners) to my Bridge mini-websites.
      2. 17Q1: Created Master Point Lists & Promotions for the ECBA website.
      3. 16Q3: Revived the archive website for Mountnessing Bridge Club (Mountnessing Bridge Club Archive (http://mountnessing.theotodman.com/index.shtml)).
      4. 16Q1: Accommodated Alaric’s new scoring system for St. Edith’s.
      5. 16Q1: Created Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s ladders for my mini-websites.
      6. 16Q1: Reconciled my X-IMP calculations with a new feature provided by Bridgewebs.
      7. 15Q4: Segregated the Bridge website generators from those for my own website. They now live in separate databases and have their own documenters.
      8. 15Q3: Created a new website (using Bridgewebs) for the First Class Bridge Academy (First Class Bridge (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/)).
      9. 15Q3: Ported my “handicap / improvers” routines from Hutton to “Mini Websites”.
      10. 15Q2: Development of the “Eve Goblets” (victor ludorum) software for the ECBA, and roll-over to the new season.
      11. 15Q1: Further improvements to my Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs calculation routines.
      12. 15Q1: Started a project to provide small websites for bridge clubs without sites: Essex Bridge Results (http://www.essexbridgeresults.org.uk/).
      13. 15Q1: Took on the ECBA Website (Link (http://www.essexbridge.co.uk/)), at the cost of considerable effort by way of reformatting & tidy-up.
      14. 14Q4: Improvements to my Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs calculation routines – different formats, including the Jeff Smith format, and extension to Butler-scored Pairs events. This work has been taken up by the ECBA selectors for county-team selection.
      15. 14Q3: Created a suite of programs to extract data and calculate Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs from the travellers on Bridgewebs Teams events, and output ranking-lists to the Web.
      16. 13Q2: Merged57 Philosophy & Bridge Databases
    • Enigma
      1. 15Q3: Created a small website for a music group Julie and I attend – the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/).
    • Sophie
      1. 15Q3: Completed the upgrade of Sophie Botros58’s website; see Sophie Botros: Live Site (http://www.sophiebotros.com/).





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 6:
  • There have been continual changes and bug-fixes that are not worth reporting.
  • A quarterly release - or the equivalent - of small changes is to be understood passim.
  • There were gaps in the development log that have been filled in from old reports. I've ignored developments for now-defunct sites.
  • However, for my own site I've erred in the direction of plenitude to remind me of what went on. I may prune the list in due course.
Footnote 10:
  • An eccentric use of this term.
  • By it I mean the extraction of data from a database, formatting it, and inserting the resulting text in line into a web-page.
Footnote 17:
  • As demonstrated here!
Footnote 18:
  • I subsequently found a bug whereby it was backing up the entire code-base each time!
Footnote 19:
  • Sophie is an old friend and supervisor from Birkbeck.
Footnote 21:
  • Naturally, I can now say precisely what I mean, by using a plus-sign, as it no longer causes the process to fail!
Footnote 22:
  • Fixed – it was very long blank-free URLs in the Source column.
  • I now call my “WebRef” function to convert these to hyperlinks.
Footnote 23:
  • This was a mistaken idea, and was subsequently reversed!
Footnote 24:
  • Rather irritatingly, when I checked my site in all browsers, I found that it appeared a right mess in some of them (I forget the details).
  • It all stemmed from the DocType parameter, which I had to revert.
Footnote 25:
  • I must have unwound this one - presumably it didn't work - and need to re-do it.
Footnote 26:
  • Did I - or was this an intention?
  • The whole "respondent" process didn't work out well as it fragments the discussion, so this might be important.
Footnote 27:
  • This must have been unwound if it was ever implemented.
Footnote 28:
  • "BB" = "Blackberry" (for when I had one!)
  • Response times - eg. in bookshops - used to be awful. This "binary chop" approach is no longer needed.
Footnote 29:
  • What was this?
Footnote 30:
  • What was this?
Footnote 31:
  • Presumably this was the ancester of this page before it was converted to a Note?
Footnote 32:
  • What was this?
Footnote 34:
  • Naturally, I can now say precisely what I mean, by using a plus-sign, as it no longer causes the process to fail!
Footnote 35:
  • This must have been unwound if it was ever implemented.
Footnote 36:
  • "BB" = "Blackberry" (for when I had one!)
  • Response times - eg. in bookshops - used to be awful. This "binary chop" approach is no longer needed.
Footnote 37:
  • I subsequently found a bug whereby it was backing up the entire code-base each time!
Footnote 38:
  • What was this?
Footnote 39:
  • What was this?
Footnote 40:
  • Presumably this was the ancester of this page before it was converted to a Note?
Footnote 41:
  • An eccentric use of this term.
  • By it I mean the extraction of data from a database, formatting it, and inserting the resulting text in line into a web-page.
Footnote 48:
  • As demonstrated here!
Footnote 50:
  • I must have unwound this one - presumably it didn't work - and need to re-do it.
Footnote 51:
  • Did I - or was this an intention?
  • The whole "respondent" process didn't work out well as it fragments the discussion, so this might be important.
Footnote 52:
  • What was this?
Footnote 54:
  • Rather irritatingly, when I checked my site in all browsers, I found that it appeared a right mess in some of them (I forget the details).
  • It all stemmed from the DocType parameter, which I had to revert.
Footnote 56:
  • Fixed – it was very long blank-free URLs in the Source column.
  • I now call my “WebRef” function to convert these to hyperlinks.
Footnote 57:
  • This was a mistaken idea, and was subsequently reversed!
Footnote 58:
  • Sophie is an old friend and supervisor from Birkbeck.

Note last updated: 19/06/2018 09:02:53


Footnote 19

This document constitutes my philosophical thoughts on the validity of Christianity. Its name and format are modelled on a well-known (and, of course, infinitely superior) work by Ludwig Wittgenstein. So as not to deceive the unwary, this evaluation is reluctantly negative. I am not a scoffer, so the evaluation is a serious one. However, I cannot see how Christianity or any other religious system can be made to work without either intellectual compromise or denuding the religious system of content.

The text of this document has not had a major overhaul in almost the last ten years, so my ideas have probably moved on somewhat in the interim. Readers may find the style rather inclined towards ex cathedra statements. This is because the document was written as an attempt to structure my views on these subjects rather than to seek to justify them in exhaustive detail. The web-based format does allow expatiation ad infinitem, and I will seek to progress in that direction in due course.

The document revolves around 20 basic assumptions into which my argument is broken down. I'm not yet happy that these are the best 20 and that there are no redundancies. However, given the whole document is geared around these fundamental tenets, I feel reluctant to change them until I have a clearer idea of how the structural change would affect the entire argument. So, we're stuck with them until inspiration strikes.

These 20 primary points of the argument, together with 4 appendices, are as below.

  1. The world is open to investigation.
  2. Knowledge of the world is acquired from experience under the interpretation of reason.
  3. No knowledge is certain.
  4. The world obeys a number of fairly simple physical laws, which form the modern scientific worldview, which is fundamentally correct.
  5. Truth is related to simplicity.
  6. It is important for our beliefs to be true, especially if we intend to pass them on to others.
  7. Christianity is a public statement about the world, not merely a private religion.
  8. The claims of Christianity are based on historical experience.
  9. The Bible is the most reliable record of the historical events on which Christianity is founded.
  10. Christianity requires a reliable, but not necessarily inerrant, Bible to validate it.
  11. Biblical claims are to be validated in the same way as any other claims related to matters of fact.
  12. From the viewpoint of internal consistency & style, the Bible gives the impression of being a generally reliable, but not inerrant, document.
  13. There are problems with the Biblical model of the world & its history.
  14. Christianity does not conform to the requirement of presuppositional simplicity.
  15. There is no worthwhile subset of Christianity as traditionally understood that conforms to the modern worldview.
  16. A worthwhile reconstruction of Christianity, in conformity with the modern worldview, has not been demonstrated to be possible.
  17. Christianity cannot & should not be defended solely on the basis of faith.
  18. It is not self-evident that the world, or the individuals in it, have a purpose.
  19. Pascal's wager is not to be accepted.
  20. It is better to remain silent than to make a pretence at knowledge.


Appendices
  1. Acts 28 Dispensationalism.
  2. Biblical Numerics & Chiasmus.
  3. Spiritual Beings in the Judeo-Christian Tradition.
  4. Non-theistic Ethics.


To find out more about each statement, click on the hyperlink to the underlying document, where the statement is broken down into more detail and, where possible, justified.

For a concatenation of the whole document in topic-title sequence, follow this link.

Please address any criticism of or suggested improvements to this paper to theo@theotodman.com.

Note last updated: 18/12/2010 19:58:05



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