New Site Design
Over the next week or two Phyllis and I will be porting (fancy computer-speak for “moving”) AAC to a new site design. In theory you should not notice anything strange with the site while we do this…in practice, who the hell knows what might happen.
So, don’t worry if things get a little weird for a few days—when we pull the switch to the new design you will see it’s worth any interim aggravation.
In addition, as part of this project, we are making changes to the way articles are categorized to make them easier to find and to segregate free content from Online Books. But during that process the exact opposite from the desired outcome may happen. Once again, it will be worth it.
Images in Comments
We had hoped to introduce the much requested images in comments capability, and in fact we even had it working for a couple of days. But sadly the performance hit was huge since the native image size, rather than the size displayed, was being downloaded to all browsers and therefore Google Page Speed threw a fit.
Not only that, any reader on an expensive cell connection—many of you—was getting hosed with data unnecessarily.
Not acceptable, particularly since one of our main goals with this upgrade is to improve speed and do a better job for our mobile readers.
We will continue to work on this, but it’s a surprisingly difficult problem to solve elegantly.
Posting will probably be a bit less frequent while we burn the midnight-oil on this update.
If you do see anything weird while we do this, we would be very grateful if you would leave a comment on this post with the details.