Back from my week off this week, with lots to do. Whilst I was away Justin Livingstone of SCS got in touch with HATII about a project proposal related to David Livingstone. Thankfully my colleagues in HATII were able to provide Justin with some helpful advice before his deadline, and I contacted Justin to offer my services if he needs them in future.
Unfortunately it is this plugin that doesn’t work with Chrome and IE – see this test page: http://dev.abiss.gr/sarissa/test/testsarissa.html. Sarissa is needed because different browsers have different processors for working with XML and XSLT files. But although it set out to solve some of the incompatibility problems it has introduced others. These days it’s generally considered a bit messy to rely on client-side browsers to process XSLT – far better to process the XML using XSLT on the server and then use AJAX to pull in the transformed text from the server and display it. This is what I set out to do with the advanced search page.
I had been hoping to work some more on the Open Corpus Workbench server this week, plus make a start on the STELLA applications but due to getting bogged down in the SCOTS advanced search both of these tasks will have to wait until next week.
I did manage to do some other tasks this week, however. As mentioned earlier, I had a meeting with Wendy, Marc and Jane to discuss Corpora in general at the university. This was a useful meeting and it was especially interesting to hear about the sound corpora that Jane is working with and the software her team are using (something called LabCat). I’ll need to investigate this further.
Also this week I had a further meeting with Alison Wiggins regarding possible mobile and tablet versions of Bess of Hardwick. We had a bit of a brainstorming session and came up with some possible ideas for the tablet version that could form the basis of a bid. We also got in touch with Sheffield to ask about access to the server in order to develop a simple mobile interface to the existing site. Although it won’t be possible for me to get access to the server directly, we reached an agreement whereby I will develop the interface around static HTML pages here in Glasgow and then I’ll send my updated interface to Sheffield for inclusion.
My final task of the week was to migrate the ‘Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century’ website to a more official sounding URL. I haven’t quite managed to complete this task yet but I’ll get it all sorted on Monday next week.