Sunday, December 30, 2007

New Website Page: Members

Just in time for the New Year's Eve celebrations, the Southwest Robotics website is getting a new page: a list of members. I've been developing it live on the server for a couple days, and I think it's ready for primetime. I added the link to the sidebar navigation a couple minutes ago.

There are some effects that only show up in standards-compliant browsers (sorry IE6 folks, Microsoft left you out on :hover), but the list should look pretty much the same in any CSS-capable browser, work fine with stylesheets and JavaScript turned off, and even looks OK in Lynx for Windows (a command-line text-only browser). I don't have a mobile browser available for testing, so I can only speculate on the functionality, but the Lynx test indicates mobiles should work pretty well.

So, hope all you members can spend some time brushing up on each others' names before we really get in gear, and start matching the names to the faces. Unfortunately there are a few photos that aren't yet available (the page checks for photo existence automatically -- neat, huh?); but I (actually Mark) sent out emails to those with missing photos, asking for files I can put up. Hopefully all the empty slots will be filled (even though that would mean nobody seeing my handiwork on the "No Picture" graphic) by kickoff time.

I'm planning a couple improvements to the page, but they're not really blog-worthy; just back-end additions to make the page more easily indexable by search engines, mostly.

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