Grazhir :: Old News :: 2013

2013

DEC
14
Ack. I visit here today to check something and see that half my CSS is wonky and some of the scripting isn't working. What the hell? I've changed nothing.

ETA: And “refreshing” copies of a lot of stuff is not helping, apparently. Looks like shit in both Firefox and Chrome. Sadness.

There are also, apparently, connection problems of some kind, which nessitates a hard kill of the program after uploading certain things. This is all very strange. Sadness again. Unhappiness.

Maybe something wonky is going on at Verio?

OCT
17
Argh. If the chapter menus continue to only work when they feel like it, I guess I’ll have to go back to using a droplist. Checked the code for one story and it looks fine (as well it should considering every single story page is using the same template and the same calls, except when I deliberately blank something out because the menu isn't needed). Suppose I could try it slightly differently, say in the page footer and just stop worrying about chapter titles, but if the same thing keeps happening.... Very frustrating.

AUG
30
Okay. After being contacted about CI:A Snapshots again (thank you, Ilenia) I finally managed to unblind myself long enough to actually see what the issue was, and at that it took two tries. Sheesh. I have been way too spacey of late. So, the issue with the latter five pages was corrected, a result of using include files in an attempt to bypass difficulties down the road when I inevitably version up again and forgetting to update the actual file names in the php code snippet I inserted.

On a side note, if anyone knows of a way to code-wise choose a CSS file based on browser (something I can just shove into my template and forget about, basically), let me know. I will probably get around it to searching at some point, but I am still not in any mental shape to get fired up about the vagaries of browser rendering. I have seen examples of it for IE, but as far as I can care about IE is the odd CSS browser hack in my normal CSS file. I hesitate to believe it may be that simple for Chrome issues (which, by all rights, should not even be issues).

Oh... yeah. I see that note I did in April about CSS based on a cookie. Suppose I could try that. I mean, I know that any cookie I create is going to be harmless.

And if I did... I suppose I would have to get around to creating a bare-bones CSS file for mobile users to avoid the normal “fancy” stuff I like to include.

AUG
12
Er, it’s been pointed out to me that there are a couple of issues. First, I added back into the HP Complete menu Locus and Prodigium. How I missed them out when I was shifting things I don’t know, but a “thank you” goes to Jondosh for mentioning it.

Second, stuff looks a bit wrong in Chrome, but I have no clue about browser hacks for Chrome at this point. I have seen stuff on a conditional style sheet for various IE browsers, but nothing so far when it comes to Chrome users. Chrome also screws up the non-standard fonts I'm using via CSS. Yay. Not much I can do about that, either, right now.

Another reader sent in a message about messed up links for snapshots for CI or CI:A. Trying to track that down at the moment. ETA: I just went through both and checked all links for associated snapshots and can’t see anything wrong. I also cannot find the message any longer, so if that person is still around, please get in touch with me.

I am noticing myself, right now, that the chapter list is sometimes wonky (and no, I don’t mean that it overlaps if the window is too narrow) and refuses to show. I have no idea why. If worse comes to worse I will have to rethink things and very possibly put back the drop lists I was using, even though some people really didn’t like them.

Look, to anyone who actually does read these notes, I updated the site right before I got notice my dad was hospitalized. I flew straight home, that bloody day, and was there for a month. Well, he died just days after I arrived, just a few months shy of what would have been his 75th birthday. I have not been in any shape or mood to fix problems or even write, especially given that my uncle died the day after I returned here, an aunt died in early May, a cousin died two days before my father did.... It was a real shit month. But I am doing some corrections today, assuming the server my domain is on stops being such a fucking bitch and lets me upload!!!!

Apr
16
So, all the stories are converted. I probably missed stuff along the way, but I’m sure I’ll trip over the issues along the way. Found a thing I saved regarding css-switching based on a cookie or whatever. Was considering that it might be useful for setting up entirely different style sheets based on browser, but honestly, I think I’m too lazy to do that. I did find a possible replacement for the lightbox plugin.

Anyway, §imLife yet to do, but I’ll probably go try to create the (current) “perfect” cover for the next bit. Kind of need that before I go on a e-book updating spree.

Apr
15
Well, I did get a big chunk done, so I suppose the remainder will have to wait until after I’ve slept. Already made enough bone-headed mistakes as it is. Still have F through V for Harry Potter. I’ll get to §imLife when I get to it.

Apr
15
Getting there, and the odds of me stopping before I’m done are pretty close to nil, despite the raging headache I’m sporting. Not looking forward to longer fics like OWA and Forsaken.

Trying something new this time, since every time I change the site I end up making a new template and have to copy/paste chapters from one to another. Making them include files now, so the next time this happens (and I know it will), I’ll only have a tiny bit I have to copy. It’s not like I have a database serving up the insides, but this is close enough.

Apr
14
So, you may have some changes happening here and there. Say, this page. Areas are slowly being updated to a new look. I’ll also probably go bananas and re-do all the .mobi files so they have something approaching proper covers (because I’m too blanked-out to figure out individual covers for each story) and fixing various annoyances (like how the opening and closing lines of a letter indent). The menu (except for the site index, and later the §imLife index) is now inside the “News”, which makes for some interesting page shifting when you open one of those tabs.

The “paper” you see is actually pretty damn close to the “posh” paper I used to buy and draw on. I was told at the time (back in high school) by some fellow at an art thingie that I really should be using actual drawing paper, but whatever. It’s about the same colour, and definitely the same texture (minus the grungy torn ends).

All the scripting is still hosted at Grazhir so no worries if you use NoScript; you can allow the site and not worry about weird stuff lurking around just waiting to infect your machine with spyware, viruses, etc.

But, for IE users (at least IE9 and lower, because I have yet to install IE10 and see how that goes), while you will see the webfonts on the “main” site, anything using a machine name (e.g. hp.grazhir.com, ff.grazhir.com, xo.grazhir.com) won’t pony up—and this is despite being told that IE works the same way as Firefox does when it comes to this stuff with needing the call made from the same “domain”. You would think it wouldn’t matter, but it does. Firefox behaves with the kludges I put in, but IE doesn’t. I have no idea how this pans out in Chrome or Opera, etc. Don’t have them installed and don’t plan to (well, maybe Chrome, since it’s becoming rather popular).

And, yes... the .pdf files are going bye-bye. I tried converting one of them (done by someone else) into a .mobi and was surprised to see that pretty much nothing managed to make it into the new file. So, going. Far better for a reader to convert a .mobi into something else (like .epub) than try to get a .pdf to behave.

Apr
14
I've noticed that on pages which don’t extend to the bottom of the window... well, they seem to shift slightly, which is odd. No idea how to fix it, either, without bizarre “hacks” like padding the page length with blank lines or something. And I may just, because it bugs me. Or hey, maybe a transparent .png of a certain size. Eh, whatever. I’ll worry about it later. (ETA: Naturally, the shift is caused by the scrollbar appearing.)

Apr
14
So let’s try it with the menu on the inside! It’s a little strange, actually, since it shifts the other content. Now to see how much more compact I can get the original sidebar for chapter pages...?

Apr
13
And as usual, at around the afternoon as the clock goes, my connection slows to molasses speed, which makes updating files and testing stuff rather, well, difficult.

Apr
13
Apparently the review form is also working, after a few tweaks to the CSS. And the sidebar is handy for the chapter list and alternate viewing options. Have I missed anything? Probably.

But now comes the insanely “fun” part of migrating everything to the new template. Which, incidentally, does not include §imLife or even my hidden stuff (which has to be left-aligned anyway given the use of an iframe off to the right holding extra data).

Actually, I can’t figure out right now why §imLife even has its own template (never mind that certain aspects are messed up anyway). So, hrm. I guess they can fit in under the new template, meaning there’s one less thing for me to worry about. Not so with the hidden stuff (and it can just sit there and suffer for right now because I’m the only one who uses it).

Instead, I’ll bitch quietly about using a tile for the background and therefore cannot fix it so that doesn’t scroll as well.

Apr
13
Obviously, I’ve been meddling again. When I got around to getting a widescreen monitor some time ago the issues with a left-aligned page became more than evident, but given that I tend to position my browser just so (namely, so that I can see parts of the window behind it while playing Sims 3) and not in full-screen mode. Even so, it was becoming annoying.

Also becoming annoying was the background. I can only go for so long before I start hating everything and get the urge to change.

And now, whereas the content is now positioned correctly, it does mean that should you narrow the browser window too much the sidebar (not visible for something like a oneshot) will overlap the main page content (even though it’s supposed to slide in behind based on the z-index I assigned it). Huzzah. Even if I forcibly stick it to the left side of the browser window this can still happen, so I’m just not going to worry about it.

Naturally, this also means that the bottom of the mainContent div won’t extend to the bottom of the page if there’s not enough content in it. Sucks, but there’s not much I can do there. Unless I put in a ton of empty paragraphs to fake it, which is just plain silly.

Mobile users... well... dunno. Have yet to glance at this test page on my phone. If I wasn’t so damn lazy I would make up a stylesheet for mobile users or whatever.

A lot of the ‘features’ from before are still present, though I did go hunting for updated ways to do certain things, because the newer scripts were a pain in the tuckas to deal with. So sure, I'm still using Spry for some things, despite Adobe having abandoned it ages ago. It works, so why mess with it?

Anyway, not nearly as much green this time around, and plenty still left to do.