It’s hard to believe we’re into November already – scary stuff. Anyway, on with the weekly report: My time this week was mostly devoted to Mapping Metaphor duties, although I had to spend roughly 1.5 days on AHRC duties reviewing more Technical Plans – they just keep coming in.
On Monday we had a Mapping Metaphor team meeting, which was useful to participate in, as always. Other than that I continued with development duties. I’ve now implemented the bulk of the updates to the visualisations that are on my ‘to do’ list and I’ve started to move on to some of the other items (e.g. metaphor cards). I’ll return to some of the outstanding items in the visualisation part of my list at a later date.
Last week I started to implement little rectangular markers to differentiate L3 categories and L2 categories in the ‘hybrid’ view, and I continued with this work this week. These markers also now appear as a means of identifying L3 categories in other views too (e.g. when viewing all the L3 connections between two L2 categories or when viewing the L3 categories connected to either / both selected L3 categories). I also updated the ‘Download SVG’ option so that the exported SVGs reflect these changes too.
I was originally intending to use arcs around the circle rather than individual rectangles at each label, and this effect is given when viewing a crowded visualisation (e.g. drill down into category B and then select to expand category D), but on less populated visualisations the rectangles are quite distinct (e.g. drill down into category V and expand O). I’m not really sure if I like how this looks or not. The advantage of using individual rectangles as opposed to arcs (other than it being easier to implement) is that it is easy to then highlight these rectangles to make it clearer where the connections are (e.g. drill down into B, expand D then select B20 Plants).
I made some further revisions to the ‘info box’ this week. I’ve reworked the ‘key’ again as it was adding too much clutter to the info box. It is now a pop-up that you can move around the screen and resize. The descriptions in the key will need some work, especially the descriptions for the purple and orange rectangles. Having ‘categories within categories’ is rather confusing.
I’ve realised that I’m going to run into a potentially sizable problem once the L2 categories are reclassified. My code expects the L2 category to be the first character in a category ID and for the L3 category to be the first 3 characters. If ‘D’ is being replaced by ’22’ or whatever two character code it is then everything is going to break. There are currently 26 L2 categories with the letter of the alphabet as ID. But after the reclassification there will be about 38 categories so a single character just isn’t going to work. My code does a lot of processing based on the assumption that L2 category is the first character in any category ID so I’m going to have to rewrite a lot of it. That’s not going to be a fun task.
Next week I will continue to implement the alternative views, plus I will need to spend some time wrapping the Scots School Dictionary app and also begin working with the HT data for the Scots Thesaurus project.