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The design is purposefully minimal; we want the user focused on our brilliant art and thoughts ;-) It probably looks best on a Mac since that’s what it was built with.
A best attempt to use W3C standards to build this site was used. However, portions of this site are dynamically-built from data contributed by more than one person making it hard to control validation on particular posts. The templates which build the site are valid XHTML transitional and CSS.
- Macintosh browsers
- Safari 1.25 (v125)
- Firefox 0.8
- Internet Explorer 5.2.3
- Opera 6.03 (display issues)
- Opera 7.5
- Windows browsers
- Internet Explorer 6.0
- Internet Explorer 5.5 (minor display issues)
- Internet Explorer 5.0 (minor display issues)
- Netscape Navigator 7.02
- Mozilla 1.3.1
- Opera 7.23
The MTAA Reference Resource is built 100% with Blosxom in dynamic-mode with lots and lots of plug-ins installed. Blosxom, written in Perl, is an open-source, light-weight, CMS/blogging system by Rael Dornfest. The plug-ins which extend Blosxom are user-contributed.
Some key plugins are:
- config - This plugin lets you override the default configuration of Blosxom. We use it to limit the number of stories on the front page but allow more stories in other sections.
- interpolate_fancy - This plugin is used extensively to customize different sections of the site.
- meta - Add data to some posts and hide or show it with interpolate_fancy. We add dates and venues to the on-line art section with this plugin.
- entriescache - This allows us to muck around with posts to our heart’s content and they stay in the proper order. It also speeds rendering of the site.
- breadcrumbs (slightly customized) - This builds the navigation element at the top of inner-pages. We slightly modified to remove underscores from directory names (more user-friendly).
- theme - Makes editing the look and styles very easy.
- writebackplus - Let’s folks leave comments with HTML tags.
- wikieditish - Makes it so we can edit the blog anywhere.
- seemore - Used in the texts and off-line art sections.
- hide - This keeps sections other than the news off the front page.
- postheadprefoot - Adds information about a particular section when user is in the root of that section. We use with interpolate_fancy.