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Preliminary Blog@Case Directory

Okay, let me just get this out in the open. I can program the heck out of a web page. When it comes to little pieces of data, angle brackets, javascript, semantic X?HTML, and CSS; I've got a good thing going (not to mention, nice useable URLs). But, when it comes to actually creating something that pleases the eye... well, I could easily be nominated World's Worst at that. So, I have finished a first pass at a Blog@Case Directory; however, pleasing to the eye, it is not.

If anyone out there is bored and can whip together a stylesheet that is 97 times better than the one I've cooked up, feel free. I'll even credit you and entitle you "überCSSGuru" (and, yes, I will use the Rock Dots).

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    hmm....I haven't actually looked at the CSS yet, I was distracted by what looks like a bug in the 'last updated' dates for some blogs--namely, mine (fuzzyblog) and yours (Jeremy Smith's Blog), both of which the directory claims were last udpated some time in December.

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    I was distracted by what looks like a bug in the 'last updated' dates for some blogs--namely, mine (fuzzyblog) and yours (Jeremy Smith's Blog), both of which the directory claims were last udpated some time in December.

    Whoa, yea. Okay, I'll fix that one.

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    For some reason, it says that my last update was on Janury 27. This may be the same bug that was referred to above.

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    I wonder if that's the same bug that makes the "Recently Updated Blogs" on the Blog@Case homepage a little less than reliable. Sometimes older posts stay at the top or reappear mysteriously. I wasn't going to say anything until the Beta was removed from the logo for fear of sounding ungrateful for Jeremy's work, but I guess that's what Beta testing is all about.

    As for Jeremy's original post, I am the same way. Give me a project and I'll set up the database, the webpage, the scripts to connect things together and manipulate the data, etc. I'll spend a ton of time getting the functionality just right. Heck, I'll even set up CSS to display things logically. But to actually style the output in a way that LOOKS good? Well, in my mind that's no longer programming but instead art. And I'm no artist, that's for sure. I've tried. Every time I think I've got things looking nice in the CSS, I hit refresh on the browser to make the changes take and my eyes become blinded by the awfulness that appears. So I just tell people that I specialize in the minimalistic approach.

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    Just to let you know, I'm working on something.

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    Just to let you know, I'm working on something.

    Thank God. I was beginning to think that was how I would have had to leave it.

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    the same bug that makes the "Recently Updated Blogs" on the Blog@Case homepage a little less than reliable. Sometimes older posts stay at the top or reappear mysteriously.

    The "Recently Updated Blogs" used to key on the database field "created_on" to determine which are the newest blog entries. However, that field is user-settable (it's the field in the create-an-entry page at the bottom labeled "published on"). So, a person could continually have his or her entry on the top of the list by setting the data to May 5, 2010 or something. So, I switched the plugin to key of the machine-set "modified_on" DB field. This had the unfortunate side-effect of, whenever someone updates their blog entry, it reappears at the top of the list.

    What I really need is another DB field that gets set by the machine when a blog entry is first published and never changes upon subsequent modifications.

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    This had the unfortunate side-effect of, whenever someone updates their blog entry, it reappears at the top of the list.

    I think this is acceptable behavior. The list is labeled "Recently Updated Blogs" so I don't think it's a bad thing if an entry goes back to the top of the list if it is updated. I suppose correcting some grammar isn't an update worth putting an entry back on the top of the list, but other updates are substantial enough for me to re-read and entry.

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    Check out attempt #1: a retro look.

    This version of the page involved hacking up the HTML & body content quite a bit, but it was the only way to cut out the redundant content. Having gone this far, it ocurrs to me that I might as well have gone all the way and used a (gasp!) table...

    I have another version that I may tweak & post--a "compact" version that takes a strict CSS Zen Garden approach of "don't touch the HTML" and just uses a modified .css file. Check it out here.

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    The retro look is cool. Straight up rolls-of-paper-passing-through-a-printer style retro. I would want to convert the rest of the page over; though, I am not sure how to fit the rest in with the motif. Just make it one big crazy retro page; that would be neat looking.

    Have web pages suddenly reached the stage that cars have? Where retro-styling is suddenly in-style? And, if we have, can I start using fixed right/left-side nav bars?

    Having gone this far, it ocurrs to me that I might as well have gone all the way and used a (gasp!) table...

    Which is, actually, not un-called for. It is a table of data... a listing of data that can easily be put in a table; so, it would not upset my semantic undertones if it were tabular.

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    How about a semi-branded page such as:
    http://www.case.edu/webdev/hactest/blogtests/directory.htm

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    How about a semi-branded page

    Winner!