The Reusability Paradox

Just came across this link from Brian Lamb’s weblog… Very interesting article, which basically boils down to something like “Technical interoperability is not the same as semantic interoperability” and goes on to discuss some interesting …

That was fast…

Just realized the RSS theme went from “Hey, that would be cool” to working prototype in under an hour and a half… And that was doing the vast majority of the theme fragment creation/conversion/entry manually …

RSS as a theme in CAREO?

I’ve been toying with the idea of implementing an RSS theme for CAREO, mostly as a way to prove that theming really does work, and that the interface really CAN be anything (including a machine-readable …

Repository theming goes live

I published the latest UCRepositoryCore framework, and the latest version of CAREO, to careo.ucalgary.ca today. Minor “issues” – mostly cosmetic, which will be resolved when all components have been converted to the new xml format.

SciQ Pre-Alpha Goes Live

I’ve updated the theme for the SciQ Pre-Alpha theme. This version should handle stretching (vertically) much better. Granted, the search results pages won’t be too long anyway, but I have to accommodate any length of …

SciQ Interface progress

Reworked the sliced-and-diced HTML for the SciQ theme in CAREO. Works much nicer now, and scales vertically when needed (without having the table layout puke all over the place). Now that the basic HTML is …

SciQ Interface

Spent the day converting the static photoshop files from IdeaMachine into actual working HTML and JPEG files. ImageReady is worth its weight in gold for this… Set up some guides, slices etc., clean them up, …

Classic vs. MacOSX

My home Mac is an old, creaky 8600/300. It was one of the fastest machines around when it was new, but it’s too antique to properly run MacOSX. I’d actually relegated the machine to being …

XML Templated Components

Made a LOT of progress in adding XML fragments to represent the templated components in the default theme of CAREO today (thanks in no small part to the sorta-working Theme Manager app). This is really …

Theme Manager Interface

I’ve got a working version of the theme management application running on commons, and it’s coming along quite nicely! Here’s a peek at the Component List for a specified Theme. Note the indicators to show …

Theme XML format

One of the main challenges I placed on myself in building the new theme engine for the repository, was that theme administrators shouldn’t have to know anything about WebObjects or the code of the repository …