Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Attack of the Javascript

Recently I've been wondering just what kind of lightweight javascript stuff can be added to the blog in order to make it "look kinda cool".

I think I've decided to do it because we spend all day here building systems that users actually want rather than just following our own flights of fancy and doing what we think might be cool.

Anyway, from now on you're likely to see little new additions to the site that I like. Let me know if you like it, or don't like it, or don't care.

I'll try to make sure things fail gracefully when they do... but I'm almost certainly going to mess up someone's web experience. If I do, then let me know and I'll fix it. It's the only way I'll learn, and the only way it'll get fixed.

Anyway, for now... have folding sidebar panels.



Dimitri Gielis said...

Nice design of your blog. I really like the "switch" and "fold/".

I should create my own theme too one time!

Anonymous said...

Looks and works really great!
Would be very nice for wordrpess themes too.

Rob Baillie said...

Cheers for the comments... there's nothing magical or hidden about the way it's done. All the javascript is in the HTML you see. I'm not going to 'release' the code, but if anyone wants to nick the javascript from the page, feel free. Just don't mail me support questions ;-)

One day soon I'll reorder the statcounter / mybloglog / extremetracking / feedburner code so that the page doesn't jump around when you load it.

Anonymous said...

Java script can be cool, as long as you don't over do it. There are still people with dial up and java script can take a while to load. Which might count them out from viewing your site. The best java script I have seen lately involves loading random images for a gallery of sorts. Now that is cool. :-)

Rob Baillie said...

Hopefully this page degrades nicely and doesn't make the page unreadable if you go for the no javascript option... I'm sure I'll hear if that's not the case!