Having spent a lot of the weekend sorting out the styles and templates for the blog, I think it’s about time to get back to work; i.e., the PhD.
However, before I abandon this “diversion’ I thought I’d make a few notes about what still might need to be done on the site:
- The main page of the blog just lists the ten, or so, most recent posts. At the bottom of the page there is a link to the site’s archives. I wonder if I need something upfront, such as a search box, to allow people to find old material more easily.
- I’ve done away entirely with the sidebar. That gives the page a cleaner look, but it doesn’t invite people to explore more of the site.
- Finally, I’ve started using the hierarchical categories. I had planned to do this earlier. But, having now installed the latest version of the (software](https://www.movabletype.com/), it’s been so easy to do. Now I’m wondering if I should use tags as well as categories.
I’m amazed at my capacity to get distracted by something. Such as fixing these templates and styles. I could easily spend much more time doing this. But at the end of the day, I wouldn’t be moving forwards on what is really important; my teaching and my research.
Actually, it has taken me less time than I expected to do the changes I -needed- wanted to make. That’s all down to Google’s new web browser Chrome. It’s a slick and tidy piece of software. I would make it my main browser except that it doesn’t (yet) support ad blocking, and two essential Firefox add-ins ( Zotero and libx) aren’t available for it (Oh, and it isn’t yet available for FreeBSD.
Anyway, Chrome has this really neat feature that allows you to inspect elements of a web page to see which parts of your stylesheet are “active’. Without this, I would have spent a lot more time tweaking the site’s CSS.
And now, back to the salt mine.
Google’s Chrome inspector shows which parts of the style sheet is being used (or overridden) so it is easier to tweak one’s style-sheet.