Exhaustion and Delight

So inspired and exhausted by the recent technical achievements a long overdue break of sorts was taken.  And, in the spirit of Christmas it was decided to perform a little “tree decorating”.  What did this include?

  • A new addition to the Grammar Captive main page — namely, a section on the nudge.online business model.  It can be found under the heading Other in the Grammar Captive navigation bar.  If you ever had any doubts about what Grammar Captive is truly about, you will not want to miss this new section!
  • A complete overall of the section on Internet Security as previously announced.
  • Alphabetization of the list under Other in an effort to make it appear less haphazard.
  • Elimination of the use of the scope attribute in the CSS/HTML <style> element.  The entire element was replaced with a dynamically loaded CSS stylesheet.  This insures formatting consistency across browsers.
  • Grammar Captive has now been tested with Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.  Internet Explorer has always been a very large, other world for your host.

While returning to the heavy tech stuff this week will be devoted to integration of the Seven Gates newsletter and the Grammar Captive weekly podcasts.

Although an archive for the newsletters is already in place, there is no mechanism to access them methodically as one is now able to access the weekly podcasts.  This seemingly large task will be put off until after podcast production begins.  For, after all, only the truly dedicated will want to read stale news, and Grammar Captive is still not a proven success.  Furthermore, podcasts are far more easily distributed and will likely reach a far larger audience by the very nature of their medium and content.


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