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January 22, 2006

Prototype Develops with CSS

The prototype of the portal's user interface is beginning to develop with the magic of CSS!

  • The scrollable elements are completely created by CSS, due to full support across browsers for the "height" property
  • Rollover effects on the message "inbox" block an entire table row as a link (edit: IE almost manages this… only the title text appears as a hyperlink… this will be looked into)
  • Expandable menus have been created with CSS and no script. Although this is currently unsupported by IE6, IE7 should support it when its released later this year. Mozilla/Opera/Safari are all capable of displaying this menu, however it does not affect the ability of IE to use the top-level links.
  • New rollover buttons for the menu have been created by using transparent gifs and a changing background colour… saves bandwidth through only having a single image to load

The full "static" prototype is now very close to being ready, next stage – user testing!


January 11, 2006

First meeting of the new term!

David and myself have had our first meeting of the term to review our progress for moving forward. David is experimenting with open source frameworks to avoid "reinvention of the wheel" in the content management system design, which may affect the format for coding developments.

I have been making some progress with template designs, which should hopefully be completed (in their first versions at least) by this weekend.


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