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About this Blocki

The blocki experiment

A "blocki" is a cross between a blog and a wiki. It is for all those miscellaneous thoughts one wants to share as they occur, like a blog, but keep growing on one so one wants to go back and keep them up to date, like a wiki.

I started this one in 2014 as a personal experiment. I wanted to see how the idea works, and to see how little code I could get away with so that it does not need a complicated back-end server like Drupal or Mediawiki to administer. So it is a bit basic - no search, no visitor comments, no tag clouds or anything. In fact, the site navigation is not really very good, see below.

If you want to make a comment on something, please follow the Contact link and send me an email. If it is useful then I will add it to the page. But I will not be accepting trivia or rants.

How it's working

It has proved great for building ideas as I go along, ideas that would disappear into the past on a blog but clutter up a proper web site and need constant tidying. But building and maintaining the site navigation is a pain, especially as it gets bigger.

As mentioned, the blocki navigation is rough. This is partly because I cannot find any kind of publishing server I can control easily, so I just keep it in my own web space and build the whole thing with a text editor. Also, I don't like to use programmatic javascript for simple navigation, so I am limited to what I can do using static web styling. I am rather pleased even to have created functional pop-up menus, though the limitations of current web standards mean that they do not behave very well. For more about that, see HTML 5 Sucks. (technically, the main issue is that CSS3 does not auto-size a container to fit imported content, so all my sub-menus occupy a fixed slab of real estate. The bit you don't see is transparent, but it is there. It messes up the main Contents page worst.) Unless and until CSS3 gets its head together, a basic blocki likle this is best kept small and easily manageable.

Some pages, even gropus of pages, do mature and become more or less permanent fixtures. These in turn clutter up the blocki navigation and would be better moved back to a conventional static web site. I intend to start doing more of that.

Updated 20 Jan 2019