August Progress Report
13 August 2013
As of Monday 12 August the SF Encyclopedia has
14,000 entries. Not a round enough number to seem magical, but
cheering all the same.
In recent weeks we've been busy adding a new facility for easier
access to the bibliographic Checklists in SF Encyclopedia
author, editor and artist entries. These listings are often long
and complex, and a lot of downward scrolling was formerly needed to
reach a lengthy entry's Checklist. Now each relevant entry has
three new buttons at the top, on the same row as the buttons for
Previous entry, Next entry and
Incoming (what links to this entry, plus
contributor and citation information). The new buttons are:
1) Checklist -- which takes you straight to the
biographical information at the top of the Checklist. Just below
you will find new buttons labelled Alphabetical
and Chronological, which have the same effect as
the other two new buttons at the head of the entry (where button
labels had to be abbreviated for space reasons) ...
2) Alpha[betical] -- shows all Checklist titles
in alphabetical order.
3) Chron[ological] -- shows all Checklist
titles in chronological order.
If there are series subheadings in the Checklist, the
alphabetical or chronological display page lists all these in a
panel at upper right. Click any series name to show just that
series in alphabetical or chronological order. You can switch from
one order to the other at any time. For convenience we treat "About
the author" (if present) as a series heading, so these listings too
can be singled out. When you have zoomed in on a particular series,
a Show All Titles button appears: click this to
restore the full list.
The total number of entries which have Checklists and to which
these new buttons have been added is more than 6400. We haven't yet
checked every one! Oddities of entry format may produce occasional
strange results (for example, items in which no date can be found
currently register a date of zero and rise to the top of
chronological lists). Obviously, one-book author Checklists will
not give excitingly different results when reformatted. The
alternative views are most useful with monster listings containing
many series: Poul Anderson,
Isaac Asimov, Martin H Greenberg, Andre Norton, and so on.