I also split up the category descriptors so that these could be searched individually. Previously (and still on the main Mapping Metaphor site) the category descriptors were treated as one single block of text with each descriptor split with a semi-colon. This meant that it was not possible to do an exact match search on any one of the descriptors. But having split the descriptors up (based on that handy semi-colon character) we can now do exact matches, plus partial beginning and ending matches, in addition to the ‘partial in the middle’ matches that were previously only possible. It seems to be working rather well.
We had a bit of a discussion in the project this week about what to do about ‘rude’ words in the app. We do cover all of the English Language in the data and this includes a lot of metaphorical senses that would be considered ‘rude’ in polite society. As the app is primarily aimed at schoolchildren we wondered what we should do about this – i.e. whether we should censor the app. Discussions as to what to do about this are still ongoing.
I also noticed things such as the icon images I was using were too low a resolution for the iPad screen so I updated these. Also with the iPad the pesky iOS status bar was visible and getting in the way of my ‘home’ icon so I created a static bar at the top of the page for the status info to stay in. Cordova provides facilities to allow the code to be tweaked for different platforms so this static bar only appears in the iOS version as it’s not needed in Android. I also installed the ‘inappbrowser’ plugin that Cordova offers so that external links (e.g. to the Historical Thesaurus) open properly within the app.
There are still lots more little tweaky things that I still need to do, but on the whole the app is looking pretty good. The biggest thing still left to address is how to make certain parts of the visualisation (e.g. the timeline) work better on a touchscreen. I’ve managed to allow the visualisation to be zoomed in on via iOS but this isn’t working on Android yet. I also need to figure out a way of resetting the zoom level when a link is pressed on so that the metaphor cards display properly. I’ll need to get all of this sorted next week as the app will need to be submitted at the beginning of April if we want it ready for the launch.
In addition to Metaphor duties I spent about a day on AHRC duties and I also attended a meeting about the University’s proposed data centre. There were some discussions about how the College of Arts may use the facilities that may be developed and it was interesting to hear how the plans are progressing. Gareth Roy, who had previously helped me use the Grid infrastructure to extract the Hansard data was also at the meeting and afterwards we talked about the difficulties I was facing in getting the space to house the data that was generated. It’s possible that Gareth may be able to help with this too, and we’re going to meet next month to discuss this further.
On Friday I attended a project meeting for the REELS project and I went through the content management system that I’d created for the project and we discussed some aspects that might need to be changed. Thankfully there weren’t many of these and the team seem very happy with the system that has been created. I also made a couple of tweaks to the content management system I had created for the People’s Voice project and had an email conversation with Carolyn Jess-Cooke about a project website she would like to set up. I also chatted with Craig Lamont about his ‘Enlightenment’ map that I’d help him set up last year. He’s wanting to add images to the map pop-ups and I’m going to help him with this next week.