Permalink 04:25:58 pm, by mholmes, 28 words, 6 views   English (CA)
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SSL cert coming along

Reactivated the lapsed ticket, and now ER is moving the process forward; I think he has everything he needs from our end, so this should go ahead soon.

Permalink 04:24:52 pm, by mholmes, 63 words, 4 views   English (CA)
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Latin Wheelock exercises: building in validation

I've now built validation into the repo for the HTML output, and tested it with units 1 and 2, which are now all valid; I've fixed a bunch of table resources that were using old attributes, in anticipation of being able to use a global class in the CSS; and I've nuked a bunch of obsolete materials from units 1 and 2, making everything a bit cleaner.

Permalink 01:33:05 pm, by mholmes, 82 words, 6 views   English (CA)
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Indexing discussions

Met with the RAs doing indexing and discussed the problem with file naming yesterday; they raised a couple more questions about how to handle illustrations which are inserted rather than part of the regular page run, and we also made a long-term plan to make more changes to filenames in a mechanical operation to incorporate the series numbers, to be done only after the indexing work on the two current periodicals has finished. Wrote to AC to get feedback on these questions.

Permalink 01:30:46 pm, by mholmes, 14 words, 4 views   English (CA)
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Close Reading: another tweak

I think we're now good to go; waiting for KB to press the button.

Permalink 01:29:59 pm, by mholmes, 63 words, 4 views   English (CA)
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Team meeting and documentation progress

Met with LM and GL to discuss the ongoing work on the documentation. Showed GL how to create Code Templates in Oxygen, then implemented the processing of those from the xpr file into the project documentation as is done in DVPP; this involved adding in an ODD processing step which we will later use for taxonomy processing. Fixed a bug in the diagnostics.


Permalink 04:15:58 pm, by mholmes, 27 words, 6 views   English (CA)
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Close Reading: final tweaks to layout etc.

KB sent a list of changes, which I've done; what's left is to decide where to put the site, and what to do with the WordPress instance.

Permalink 04:15:05 pm, by mholmes, 92 words, 6 views   English (CA)
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File names and folder names, and broken db entries

After doing some tweaks to the poem rendering and encoding a poem, I looked at the diagnostics to discover there were 609 broken links from the db to images no longer where they were. It turned out the RAs has been re-organizing Cornhill and Once a Week images into series folders, but not updating the db. After some careful analysis I was able to do a series of search-and-replace operations that fixed the problems, but it's a bit hairy doing that on the live db. We're having a meeting tomorrow to discuss filenaming.


Permalink 04:55:33 pm, by mholmes, 207 words, 7 views   English (CA)
Categories: Activity log; Mins. worked: 240

Latin Wheelock site + HotPot 7

Hot Potatoes 7 is now at a point where it's ready to be put to real use, and the Latin site has been waiting for it, since the site needs a refresh, a new style, and support for audio. I started by creating an svn repo for it (svn/latin), into which I've put the current Wheelock materials, and future editing will be done using the repo, which makes everything a bit more robust. I've already created a customized index file page and one other custom file which adds a second keypad at the top of JCloze exercises. I built Unit 1 and posted it for some feedback from MN. One thing I'm running into is the issue that the source folder setting in the Masher is an absolute path; that's obviously not what anyone wants, because we need to be able to check out and build the site on multiple machines, so I've gone back to the Masher codebase in Delphi and I'm adding support for relative paths (making them the default, in fact). Once this is all working and tested, it should make building the site much easier, and in fact enable editors to build entire units themselves with the right source files to test their work.

Permalink 04:50:23 pm, by mholmes, 76 words, 8 views   English (CA)
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Close Reading site work basically done

I've finished porting all the Close Reading material over to an Oxygen-based editing format, and posted a test version of the site on the hcmc server; waiting on KB to let me know how he wants to proceed in terms of replacing the old site. More could be done on the documentation for editors, but if it turns out not much more editing is going to be done anyway, it may not be worth the time.


Permalink 05:14:06 pm, by mholmes, 225 words, 6 views   English (CA)
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Hot Potatoes version 7 work

For some time I've been working on version 7 of Hot Potatoes, mostly at weekends because the work has to be done on a Windows XP vm which is on my home desktop. Today I was working remotely because of snow and other reasons, and I got a good amount of work done, releasing the fourth or fifth beta (can't remember which), numbered This is (I think) feature-complete, and has all existing reported bugs fixed. Changes from version 6 include:

  • Pure XHTML5 output, fully validated.
  • Responsive interface using CSS flex to better support small form-factor devices.
  • Touch support in drag-drop exercises.
  • Reading texts now available to accompany drag-drop exercises (screens are bigger so this is more practical now).
  • Cosmetic refresh for exercises, including rounded corners and drop-shadows on buttons, etc.
  • New version of the base HotPot application background graphic, with version 6 replaced by version 7.
  • Removal of obsolete code and simplification of existing code, due to better options in JS and CSS (there's more of this to do).
  • Fully updated help file, readmes, example exercises, and installer.
  • Updated interfaces for Italian and European Portuguese (that's all we have so far).

I think we're now in a position to re-work the Latin and Greek sites with their own customized versions of the new source files, but beta-testers are still getting started so there may be more bugs to fix.

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