The new roadmap

At the end of the year 2010 I published the roadmap for ClassicsUnlocked website. Now, after finishing just 1 of the 6 steps of that roadmap I feel the need to rethink it. Three main ideas I find important.

Posted by Laisvunas on Tue, December 27, 2011
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Images in ebooks

After several moth of coding image gallery functionality has been added to ebooks. An ebook in Classics Unlocked format now can contain author portraits as here, illustrations as here and a list of all its illustrations as here.

Posted by Laisvunas on Thu, May 26, 2011
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Roundup of the year 2010 and a roadmap

In the last news article written about a year ago I expressed the hope that the year 2010 will be the year when it will be possible to move from solving technical problems to publishing content. I was wrong. Although the year was quite productive for Classics Unlocked, I'm still preoccupied with solving various technical problems and will in the foreseeable future.

So, what has been done and what technical problems remain?

Posted by Laisvunas on Thu, December 30, 2010
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Enabling cooperation on projects

The year 2009 went through and there was almost no new content published at the website. Visitors might have thought that the website and the project of publishing First Book of Homer's Iliad in Classics Unlocked format were abandoned.

The truth is contrary to this. The year was very productive for the website. Missing parts of both the platform and ebook application were added and now these sections of the website are fully functional. If the aim of the website were to be the place of the publishing efforts of one individual, then it would be possible to continue with he project of publishing First Book of Homer's Iliad in Classics Unlocked format. But the aim of the website is more ambitious - to enable cooperative work of the groups of individuals on different projects. The first project - First Book of Homer's Iliad in Classics Unlocked format - although being pursued by one individual should explore the ways such cooperation will proceed.

Posted by Laisvunas on Mon, December 28, 2009
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Backend restructured

I am happy to tell that the aim announced in my previous post — to radically restructure the website's backend — was achieved. The number of templates, other backend constructs and the size of the database were significantly reduced; the website is now much more easily scalable and maintainable. Perhaps the most important aspect of all this is that starting of a new project became as easy as adding a new category and filling one simple form and that Classics Unlocked website can now accommodate as many projects as there would be.

Posted by Laisvunas on Thu, September 11, 2008
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Frontend and backend changes

Although I was not posting any articles for several months, there was much of activity on Classics Unlocked website during this time. Myriad of bugs were fixed and many small features added. To the visitors most of these changes are not perceptible, but collectively they result into smooth functioning of the entire website.

Posted by Laisvunas on Tue, May 13, 2008
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New version of Date picker tool

Date picker script matured into version 2.0.

The aims which were pursued with the release of the new version are as follows:

To make possible to use Date picker script for those who post pieces of analysis, such as available on this page. Titles of such pages often contain two numbers as e.g. "Verses 1-2", "Verses 3-5" and both numbers must be considered by calculating the date (previous version of the script allowed only one number to be contained in a title). Making possible to use of Date picker script for those who post pieces of analysis means standardizing of setting of dates for all posts which have titles containing numbers and that in its turn makes it possible in some future to automate setting of dates for such posts completely via ExpressionEngine's extension.

Posted by Laisvunas on Fri, January 18, 2008
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Small tool called Date picker

New tool is available in authors' section of our website — Date picker. It is a tool for those who post excerpts from grammars and commentaries. Excerpts from grammars have standard titles, such as "§ 589", "§ 712", "§ 335", etc. Titles of excerpts from commentaries are also standard: "Verse 1", "Verse 2", "Verse 3" etc. These titles should be ordered according their numerical values, as here: "§ 1", "§ 2", "§ 3", ... "§ 10", "§ 11", "§ 12", etc. But instead ExpressionEngine, a CMS which powers Classics Unlocked website, orders titles which include numbers alphabetically, so that we get "§ 1", "§ 11", "§ 12", "§ 13", ... "§ 2", "§ 21", "§ 22" etc.

Posted by Laisvunas on Tue, October 16, 2007
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The text of the first book of Iliad published

As I wrote in my previous post, the compiling of the First Book of Homer's Iliad in Classics Unlocked format will proceed in six steps and the first of them will be publishing of the text of this book. I am happy to announce that the text is already published. You can see it here.

Posted by Laisvunas on Tue, October 16, 2007
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Analysis assets opened

For some time I was quite busy thinking and experimenting in order to find out what could be the best way of collecting text and code which is produced in the process of compiling a Classics Unlocked edition, distributing it between participators in the particular project, and making it reusable in different projects. The result is Analysis assets section of the website.

Posted by Laisvunas on Tue, October 16, 2007
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