My heart belongs to the details. I actually always found them to be more important than the big picture. Nothing works without details. They are everything, the baseline of quality

Dieter Rams

Entries from September 2008

  • DOM Table functions

    The table functions take a standard HTML table and add a number of features to the table to facilitate ease of use. Features include row highlighting, row selection and the hiding and showing of selected or unselected rows. Still requires a bit of tidying up in the table controls section that trigger the hiding and showing of rows.

    Categories:Web Design|Javascript

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  • Configure SMTP

    After having a nightmare trying to work out how to get my WordPress installation to send email I have come across the rather wonderful Configure SMTP plug-in by Scott Reilly. I can get php to send emails in pages I write on the server, and I can get them to be sent from any address, even email addresses that aren’t from my hosting domain. I can also add a script to the wordpress index.php page that sends an email each time the file isloaded and that works fine. For some reason I can’t get WordPress to be able to send them though. The hosting company said that ini_set(‘sendmail,’server’) needs to be called before the mail function will send an email but as far a I can see WordPress scripts include that call as well. This problem seems to be [...]

    Categories:Web Design|Wordpress

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  • Quicktime/Javascript coding

    I have been making some quicktime files recently and whilst googling round to jog my memory on how to place them on a page rather than link to them (mostly looking for the long clsid number for the object tag) I came across Apple’s Quicktime Javascript documentation. I was quite excited by the options to control the movie through javascript and also to find that the quicktime plug-in on the page emits DOM events. Following the examples quickly lead me into deep water however. I created a page following the guidelines and everything worked fine in Firefox. I had got quite far into the document, using the supplied Apple function to place the lengthy tags into the page on the fly with javascript, detecting the presence of the Quicktime plug-in to allow for alternate content depending on whether it was [...]

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  • Sharepoint Service Catalogue

    One of my major achievements whilst working at Scottish Widows was the implementation of a Service Catalogue for the Application Support teams in the IT department. The catalogue was based on a Sharepoint 2003 Server technology and linked with an Access database. The interface of the Sharepoint site had to be branded to match the corporate intranet and the XML data retrieved by the pages had to be transformed via custom coded XSL to create this look and feel. The project entailed extensive research into XML and XSL techniques and also a lot of research into the Sharepoint technology. The changes had to be achieved without access to change templates on the server and so javascript and CSS embedded in Content Editor Web Parts were used to manipulate the document as it is loaded into the browser.

    Categories:Web Design|Design Portfolio

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  • Gullane Bents

    On 26th May, 2008 I drove up to Archerfields Golf Club for lunch with my wife. On the way back we stopped at Gullane Bents for some photography. It was a bright but breezy day which I hoped would create some movement in the sea and allow me to take some longer exposures of the waves breaking on the rocky shore I loaded up the Bronica with Ilford Pan F plus, at ISO 50 this was my best bet for longer exposures. I was also going to get the chance to use my new 50mm lens which hadn’t realy seen much action at this point. On return the film was developed in Ilford Perceptol 1+3 for 17 minutes. First position was on the wet portion of the sand where the waves were breaking, camera on the tripod at a low [...]

    Categories:Photography Projects|Osmosis - The Movement of Water

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