Website (Redux)

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‘Ello, everyone. A while ago, I blogged about updating one of my websites with an LCARS template (you know, the Star Trek interface?). I also posted an update to that same post that said the upgrade was canceled. I regret to say that this is true; I didn’t have time to implement the design. It would have required editing graphics files, using all kinds of absolute positioning, etc. It just wasn’t worth the trouble. I did say there was a new template in the works, though. That is true; I’ve been working on it for a while now, say two or three weeks solid.
It’s starting to look pretty cool. It’s a center-column, fluid-width layout done in pure CSS. And the best part: It degrades in IE. Not “degrades well,” mind you, just “degrades.” IE6 adds space where there shouldn’t be any, and it doesn’t support the :hover effect used on the navigation links. Nor does it support the “generated content” that I am planning to use (CSS rules like “a[href$=.pdf]:after {content: ” (PDF)”}”); it was implemented in CSS2, and IE6 doesn’t have full support for that standard. I regret to say, almost, that IE7 removes many of these bugs. It displays the :hover correctly; there is no extra space (just two borders adjacent instead of overlapping); and the PDF LINK (PDF) would appear instead of just PDF LINK. Unfortunately, Microsoft has done a good job on IE7’s CSS support, so I’ll just have to live with it. All versions under 7 will get a nice little surprise on top, besides the missing functionality.
Anyway, I am planning to release the new website, fully formed, some time before 4th quarter starts. Whether it will be in the current location or a new one (I’d like to run a MediaWiki wiki, too) I haven’t decided, but it will look a whole lot better than the boring, search engine-hating, kludgy, framed design I have right now.


I am an avid technology and software user, in addition to being reasonably well-versed in CSS, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, Python, and (though it still scares me) Perl. Aside from my technological tendencies, I am also a theatre technician, sound designer, violinist, singer, and actor.

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