Some of you may have noticed a few changes in the layout and format of The Flying Cloud, the List of Interesting Things, and the small but plucky Online Writing List. Indeed, it is quite likely that all of you — keen observers that you are — have noticed these things! Why, you may ask, have these layouts and formats been changed?
I originally wrote this site in the rawest of raw HTML, using a template I devised for the Pioneer Plasma Analyzer web site in… ye gods… 1995? (“Gosh, 1995… were there people then?”) Words do not exist to describe how primitive this was… because it dates back to before the invention of language. But things like that can only go for so long. Eventually one notices that members of neighboring tribes are communicating with something more sophisticated than grunts and snorts! And the original design did make it Really Hard to add new classes of material — like the Background and Specifications section I’ve been working on.
If all goes well, there should be one more major change coming up this weekend. Brace yourselves, for it could be rather shocking! And I’ll welcome any comments once it’s in place.
Update, Halloween Eve: The suspense builds! I just finished checking the new layout on IE, Firefox, and Safari, and after fixing the ‘Internet Explorer 5-pixel Row Spacing Bug’, it seems to work. One more round of tests, and if all goes well, I’ll install it when I post Episode 44.
Update, Sunday: It’s installed! It took some fiddling to get the RSS feed straightened out, but now it seems to work on all my browsers. If any of you notice any problems, let me know, and ask Jenkins to fix them. Because that sounds like a job… for a Signalman!