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The new page

As most of you have probably noticed, something has happened to this page. What has happened is that the old code, which was written by Are and Anders, in php, has been replaced by new, shiny code, written in django by me. While it would in principle be possible to switch to different code without changing the look of the page, it would take some extra work, and because I am lazy, the page clearly looks somewhat different now. All of this can change, though, and I am very open to suggestions. I would also add that I have asked Jørgen, who made the most popular style for the previous page, to make an adapted version.

Colours



In the mean time, you can all play around with different colours if you want, by logging on, and going to "Edit my profile". There you will find two fields for colours. In each of these, you can enter six digit hexadecimal number*. The first two digits control the amount of red, the two middle ones control the amount of green, and the last two control the amount of blue. The higher the numbers, the lighter the colour. Hence, this number

222222


would be a dark gray. Gray because all the numbers are equal, i.e. equal amount of all colours, and dark because the numbers are relatively small. Feel free to experiment, just remember the numbers must have six digits.

Tags and categories



There are also some new features. Firstly, there are tags and categories. When the database was transferred to the new page, all articles were placed in the category "Annet" (means "Other", more about language later). Hence, I would encourage everyone to have a look at their old articles and place them in the correct categories. As before, if anyone feels a category is missing, please let me know. There are also tags, and if everyone could also add tags to their old articles, the tag cloud will soon be a bit more interesting than it currently is.

Favourites and email notification



Furthermore, when you view an article, you will now on your right hand have options to add the article to favourites, and to recieve email notification. You can view all your favourites from the link "Your favourites", and in time, I will probably add some nice functionality to allow you to display your favourites to others, or some sort of favourites statistics, etc. Email notification means that you will recieve an email whenever someone comments an article. Great if you write articles, but don't check the site that often. Or if you want to be able to reply almost immediately, in case someone is wrong on the Internet.

Polls



Previously, only admins could add polls. Now, anyone who can post articles can add polls. There is also the nifty ability to tie a poll to an article. To do this, first create the poll, and then edit or create the article, and select the poll from the drop down menu. If you do this, the poll will always be displayed along with the article, even after the poll is closed.

Uploads



Currently, there are a lot of missing images in old articles, primarily because of expired university accounts. To avoid this, we will allow uploading of images to the site (actually, the images will be stored at Amazon S3). This code is not completely done yet, but it should be ready soon.

Languages



Calcuttagutta was originally Norwegian, and I intend for the default interface to remain Norwegian. However, django has excellent support for displaying a webpage in different languages, and some time tomorrow or Sunday the Norwegian translation should be ready. When this happens, you can select which language you want to see the page in, by choosing from the drop down menu in your profile.

HTML



As before, you can use some, but not all, html in articles and comments. If you find your html doesn't work, and when you try to edit the articles, parts of you code is missing, I've probably forgotten to add it to the whitelist. If so, let me know, and I will fix.

The layout



The layout of the new page is somewhat different from the old. The layout can change, however, and is largely independent of the code behind the scenes. For example, I have chosen to move a lot of the menu options to the side, and group them in a way that works in my head, but we could just as easily use the old style menu bar on the top of the page. Which do you prefer? Have your say in the poll.

-Tor Nordam

*The hexadecimal numbers are, in order from smallest to largest, 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 a b c d e f.

Comments

litt uvante farger, som jeg ikke har klart å stille inn dit jeg vil enda. det skal jeg nok klare med tiden. men jeg savner en 'home' lenke for å gå tilbake til hovedsiden når jeg har forvillet meg bort derfra.

Og hovedoverskriften på toppen er en eneste stor "home"-lenke.

aha

Arne,  24.07.10 21:43

det burde jeg jo sett :)
Arne,  24.07.10 21:44

det står forresten edit oppå kommentartittelen til mine egne innlegg. mulig det er et av mange opera-problem.
Tor,  24.07.10 21:45

Selv bruker jeg 999999 som hovedbakgrunnsfarge, og aaaaaa som kolonnebakgrunnsfarge. Funker fint inntil videre. Jeg blir i alle fall ikke gal i hodet.

Du kan ellers også sette på random, refreshe til du finner noe du liker, og så lese kildekoden til siden for å se fargekodene.
Tor,  24.07.10 21:45

Hmm, det slo meg nettopp at jeg ikke har testet siden i Opera. Den funker fint i Firefox og Safari, og Internet Explorer driter jeg i, men Opera kan vi støtte. Jeg skal se hva jeg kan gjøre.

.

Anders K.,  25.07.10 04:45

Jeg bruker dansk flagg-farger. Da blir lenke-
teksten leselig. En bra ting: Kategoriene jeg trenger
for mine temaer. Supert. Meningsfull indeksering
er viktig. En mangelfull ting:
At kommentarfeltet har en blindsone. Og jeg vil
forfekte muligheten for å slette artikler. Dette for å
sikre kvalitet fremfor kvantitet i back-katalogen.

.

Anders K.,  25.07.10 04:48

Etter å ha eksperimentert litt: Jeg ønsker meg
også at man kan kommentere uten tittel. Og det er
blindsonen som medfører syko linjeskift. (Er det
bare jeg som opplever at feltet fungerer som
NotePad uten linebreak?) Ellers
vil jeg påpeke en fin bieffekt av kategori-
funksjonen utover gjenfinning: Det gjør gamle artikler
mer tilgjengelige.

..

Camilla,  25.07.10 11:57

Offisiell klaging:
Jeg merker meg at når jeg legger til en artikkel og så velger å ikke legge den opp med én gang, men velger å lagre den til senere, får jeg først en preview (det hadde vært fint med en egen knapp som bare er preview). Det er greit.

Men så! Når jeg da går til "mine upubliserte artikler" og redigerer artikkelen som ligger der og så trykker "submit" igjen får jeg AKKURAT DEN SAMME PREVIEWEN SOM TIDIGERE. Og alt det nye jeg har skrevet er slettet. Det er ikke bra.
Tor,  25.07.10 21:59

Jeg skjønner ikke helt hva du mener med blindsone i kommentarfeltet. Jeg antar det har noe med skjermoppløsning å gjøre (hva bruker du?), men når jeg gjør bildet mitt smalere blir kommentarfeltet smalere, uten at noe av teksten havner utenfor. Hvilken nettleser bruker du?
Tor,  25.07.10 22:56

Bugen som førte til at redigeringer ikke ble lagret når artikkelen ikke er publisert er nå fikset.

.

Anders K.,  26.07.10 02:45

Det hadde nok med nettleseren å gjøre. Jeg har brukt IE på en lånt maskin de siste dagene, og der fortsatte teksten uten automatisk linjeskift og ut av skjermbildet. I Firefox går det bra. Men husk at mange ofte bruker internettcafeer, fremmede maskiner eller skolemaskiner hvor kun IE fins.

Jeg har også en annen innvending: Tittelkravet for kommentarer er litt stivt.
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