I was back at work on Monday this week after a lovely week off last week. It was only a four-day week, however, as the week ended with the Good Friday holiday. I’ll also be off next Monday too. I had rather a lot to squeeze into the four working days. For the DSL I did some further troubleshooting for integrating Google Analytics with the DSL’s new https://macwordle.co.uk/ site. I also had discussions about the upcoming switchover to the new DSL website, which we scheduled in for the week after next, although later in the week it turned out that all of the data has already been finalised so I’ll begin processing it next week.
I participated in a meeting for the Historical Thesaurus on Tuesday, after which I investigated the server stats for the site, which needed fixing. I also enquired about setting up a domain URL for one of the ‘ac.uk’ sites we host, and it turned out to be something that IT Support could set up really quickly, which is good to know for future reference. I also had a chat with Craig Lamont about a database / timeline / map interface for some data for the Allan Ramsay project that he would like me to put together to coincide with a book launch at the end of May. Unfortunately they want this to be part of the University’s T4 website, which makes development somewhat tricky but not impossible. I had to spend some time familiarising myself with T4 again and arranging for access to the part of the system where the Ramsay content resides. Now I have this sorted I’ve agreed to look into developing this in early May. I also deleted a couple of unnecessary entries from the Anglo-Norman Dictionary after the editor requested their removal and created a new version of the requirements document for the front-end for the Books and Borrowing project following feedback form the project team on the previous version.
The rest of my week was spent on the Speak For Yerself project, for which I still have an awful lot to do and not much time to do it in. I had a meeting with the team on Monday to go over some recent developments, and following that I tracked down a few bugs in the existing code (e.g. a couple of ‘undefined’ buttons in the ‘explore’ maps). I then replaced all of the audio files in the ‘click’ exercise as the team had decided to use a standardised sentence spoken by many different regional speakers rather than having different speakers saying different things. As the speakers were not always from the same region as the previous audio clips I needed to change the ‘correct’ regions and also regenerated the MP3 files and transcript data.
The next step will be to populate the table holding specific locations within a postcode area once this data is available. After that I’ll be able to create the user information form and then I’ll need to update the activities so the selected options are actually saved. In the meantime I began to implement the user management system. A user icon now appears in the top right of every page, either with a green background and a tick if you’ve registered or a red background and a cross if you haven’t. I haven’t created the registration form yet, but have just included a button to register, and when you press this you’ll be registered and this will be remembered in your browser even if you close your browser or turn your device off. Press on the green tick user icon to view the details recorded about the registered person (none yet) and find an option to sign out if this isn’t you or you want to clear your details. If you’re not registered and you try to access the activities the page will redirect you to the registration form as we don’t want unregistered people completing the activities. I’ll continue with this next week, hopefully getting to the point where the choices a user makes are actually logged in the database. After that I’ll be able to generate maps with real data, which will be an important step.