Recent Changes Blog

Here you'll find blog entries describing recent changes to the Wiki. This will serve to inform you of major changes, while minor changes will likely go without comment.

This is the place where I will comment on major design choices in building and rebuilding the wiki, as well as any major changes in game mechanics. I will also try to comment on any and all updates to GCS files.

Character Sheet Pages

I'm quite proud to announce that every single GCS character sheet now has a script-generated page within this wiki, allowing them to be viewed from the browser without downloading them or installing GCS.

This is a project I attempted long ago while the wiki was still hosted by Wikispaces, with disastrous results. It wasted a massive amount of my time, I never completed it and it was a nightmare to maintain.

This is not the case this time around; it does what I wanted and I just have a few small refinements left to make on the script that exports character sheets en-masse, to make it more efficient.

You'll notice a new page linked in the sidebar, as well. This is the master index of all NPCs in the entire wiki. If you want to view a particular NPC, but can't remember which page you originally found them on, that's the page to visit.

Character now have their own namespace in the wiki and it exactly mirrors the location of character sheets in the wiki.

I think I might add a unique RSS feed for character sheets, but that's an improvement for another day.

Eventually, I may repeat this process for templates files. This would be more difficult, however, as the template files would have to ripped apart and transformed into character sheet files, in order to trick GCS into doing the export work.

2013/11/07 12:09

Changed Search Widget

I did some research and figured out how to embed a custom Google search box into the sidebar the way I've wanted from the beginning. This should make the search widget more visible to users.

The fun part of this (to me) is that it takes you to a custom search page to display the results. Now it's that much closer to resembling my local version of the wiki…

2013/10/15 07:09

Various Small Website Tweaks

I've recently made a number of small tweaks to the website. I doubt anyone other than me would even notice them. Most of these consist of stripping unnecessary bits out of the HTML files.

I also got rid of all the references to the _detail/* HTML files that were related to images linked from the Changelog. The images listed there are now direct links; when you click on them, the file should either be downloaded or viewed by itself in your browser. I must remember whenever I add an image to the wiki that I've got to add ”?direct” to the end of the file name, in order to avoid the _detail page being added.

The HTTP error pages no longer have an area for commenting on them. They never needed it; I was just living with it being added to all pages. Now I know how to remove it with a minimum of fuss.

Pages with tags (pages that are dynamically linked in the local, wiki version of the website, like the individual spell pages) should now look no different from any other page. They previously had a small area where the tags were listed and linked to. I had previously found a good way to strip out the links, but the area was there, with a small pencil icon. Now that area is gone, as though it had never been; I found a simple way to remove it based on the HTML tags it was wrapped in.

Last of all, I finally managed to strip out the change date and author line from the bottom of every page. I didn't like this being on every page, because it has no meaning outside of my local copy of the website. The author will always be my username and the date is available in the HTML code (if you really want to extract it with software). I see no reason to display either piece of information.

2013/10/07 06:48

Namespace and Blog RSS Feeds

Each namespace (the combination of pages and media files sharing a path) in this wiki now has an RSS feed.

In addition, the three blogs have feeds, as well.

I hope you find this helpful.

2013/10/02 11:07

Tweaked Tools Page

I just stumbled on an odd error in the Tools page. When I clicked on the links for the SVG files, it took me to the detail pages for those files, instead of downloading them.

This is now fixed.

2013/10/02 07:56 · Richard Owen Lewis

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