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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Restyled 

I just now posted a new version of the homepage that's been redesigned with more extensive use of style sheets and a simplified html layout. I started the redesign late last year when I was attempting a blogger/RSS supported version of the page, a task I'll get back to eventually. For now, today's redesign streamlines the html and makes it easier to edit and maintain. (There's no embedded table for the middle section anymore, just header and para tags suitably defined. And, to paraphrase Mommie Dearest, no more font tags!.) It should look virtually identical to the previous version -- captured for the moment here -- the only intentional difference being some tweaks to the coloring and linking of headlines in the center section. If anything else looks different, or wrong, let me know of course.

I'm sure the page will not look right in older browsers -- such as Netscape 4.7, which I still have installed -- but the same is true of lots of sites these day. And even current browsers have some css problems The one bug I spent some time solving, or avoiding, is something that turns out to be known as the IE version 6 'peek-a-boo' bug, where text aligned next to an image tends to disappear when scrolling the page, or tabbing to another application and back again. This was happening in the center section at every entry where a thumbnail cover is shown. There are complicated workarounds that css hacks have discovered; I think I solved it by just using different tags than the ones that cause the problem.

The next step is to extend the style consistency to all the current pages, which I've been doing piecemeal for a while, but not systematically. There are still pages with links indicated by underlines...
Comments:
You broke the unoffical RSS feed.... :(

Any chance of an Offical RSS feed?
 
Ditto. The unofficial feed brings now:

FeedLiquifier/2.00: parsing failed. Contact me at Mobileread.com ith the name of the feed and the time it occured.

Sniff. Did anyone try to contact that person?
 
Appears to be back now.

Locusmag RSS 2.0 feed:
http://www.mobileread.com/feeds/locus.xml

Locusmag Blinks RSS 2.0 feed:
http://www.mobileread.com/feeds/locusblinks_rss20.xml
 
I haven't had a chance to follow up on this in the past couple days, and now the problem has fixed itself! I think this illustrates a Dilbert principle.

Perhaps I should stop worrying about recasting the homepage via Blogger or some other tool myself, and just post links to these mobileread feeds?

--Mark Kelly
 
“We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.”
- Herman Melville

RSS is the way of the Future...
rss asp
 
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