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Blog Design

Well, not really a blog. More the redesign/relaunch of my site. Hopefully it's human-readable even though it is in my abbreviated note-to-self style. This is where I lay down exactly what I want to see. From here I either start the underlying setup, or work out the layout and style sheets. Either way, the conceptual work is done and is noted here as a milestone and a reference for when I get off track. Thoughts and ideas for improvements will be entertained.

Basic layout
Top bar: graphic? Dunno. Something like. Leads into rightmost menu bar. Width of, say, 20% fixed right. Boxes around important shit. All of this is after the contents of the article, done with some CSS magic that I really need to learn. Random quote in box along bottom, or something. Something there, so it isn't bare. Open left side, borders connecting all the boxes. Thin lines, demarcation of space.

Fiction will still go on the Livejournal, for comments and criticism. A rewrite and retool after a week or so will see it on the main site. Be nitpicky, point out typos and overused words and phrases that just don't scan when it comes up here, because the stories go here from my brain. This is the cleaning house before they go on the main site.

Any main content on the site. Also, the subset of main content that is pure content, the end-writing that people want to read. Properly, the former stuff is just named content, but I may slip and so I have this aide-memoir. I shall try not to.

Types of content
Front page (not yet active, sitename may change, will be redirected to the real www. site) List of last 10 posted content in all categories, by date and time. First menu to the right is a list of the four categories (politics, science, fiction, roleplaying, Main for frontpage, file-skinner), with counts of how many total articles are in each. Second menu contains links to offsite places, including Livejournal, research blog (working title: zero-point information), outboard short term memory, third is glyphlinks (firefox, RSS, Atom, Creative Commons, Wordpress), links of interest/blogroll. The list recent content should contain metadata (subject, category-as-link, #reads if possible, rating if possible), then the first paragraph or so of text with a Read More link directing users to the permalink.
Category view – List of last 10 posted content in this given category. Right-hand menu is much the same, but indicates what category one is in (as opposed to general). Under and indented to the category one is in, have a “Subcategories” link. Accessible by that redirects straight to the category mainpage. Content is much the same as the index, though with a different header (and it shows the subcategory-as-link as opposed to the main category). Still only the first paragraph and permalink Read More. Header should change to indicate the category.
Subcategories – List of every subcategory within a category. Each then contains Category View details of an article.Shift the marker in the right menu to indicate location, always keep a trail of crumbs.
Permalink – The only place for reading full text of articles. Includes metadata header (category and subcategory both are links). Also include link to download as ASCII text and dynamically generated screen/print PDF zipbundle (if possible), then full body text of article. Everything. Standard HTML markup, inline images, the works. Right-menu should have category highlighted still. Url should be
File-skinner – Select category then list all articles in listbox. Radiobutton: Individual .txt, compilation txt, individual PDF, combination PDF, individual PDB, compilation PDB. Text and pdf compilations are dynamically generated from article content, with human-readable boilerplate, content, legalspeak, RDF legalspeak. PDF contains two: one A4 (as it scales to Letter easily enough), black and white, serif font. Printable. The other 3x2 optimised for 800 by 600 or so with sans-serif fonts, optional colour and suitable for screanreading. Multiple individual are all put into single files and slammed into a zip file. PDB is all pregenerated, individual/compilation PDBs are just dynamically-made zips of handmade PDBs (unless I can get a perl or PHP e-book writer).

File skinner will take a lot of work, especially if the content is stored in MySQL databases. Text files will be easier.... Wordpress isn't set out for this structure, being a traditional date-oriented blog. Mainpage and categories will likely be possible, but nothing is certain. Have to work out how to do a lot of this, but at least now I know precisely what I want.

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