This has been a whirlwind of a week and it’s showing no sign of easing up any time soon! My timeline is far from done, but it is up and running on our website. I had initially put in our contract that the timeline should be close to complete by September 30th. I didn’t realize that I chose the worst week imaginable to add another deadline to my list. However, it is coming along nicely! In our last class I mentioned that I was experiencing issues with the newspaper articles loading onto the timeline. I think I resolved my issue, though I’m not sure how or what was wrong to begin with. When I would “clip” an article on Newspapers.com and embed the link onto the timeline spreadsheet, the newly added link would not load properly when the timeline was viewed. I figured out that I could not use the link available immediately after I clipped the article. Rather, I had to go into the “My Clippings” option under the menu and retrieve the embed link from there. Does that make sense? No? It’s ok. It doesn’t make sense to me either. I’m not sure why I have to go this longer, alternative route, but as long as it works I’m not complaining! After I figured this out I experienced little trouble in adding new articles. I plan on adding a few more (not exceeding 20 total articles). I also plan on adding the proper citations in at the bottom of the page, but have not found the time to do that quite yet.
I also managed to create a Title Slide! The only problem is I cannot figure out how to get the photo credit to display. It’s on my spreadsheet, but does not appear on the slide… so I will continue working on that.
The only other problem I am having is how the timeline displays on the website. When viewed in its own tab the timeline is nice and wide and the pictures look great. When viewed on the website the width is substantially smaller and the newspaper article images do not look NEARLY as good. I think this is because of the sidebar menu feature on our theme. I don’t know if we want to completely get rid of the sidebar menu, so I have a plan to try and fix the issue with a different variation of the embed code. When grabbing the embed code from Newspapers.com, the website gives the option of small, medium, and large images. I have been using large so far, but I think I will go back and try the small or medium options.
All in all I am quite pleased with how it is coming along. I wish the timeline was completely finished at this point and the citations added below, but I will just have to double my efforts in this coming week. I have included the timeline below, but it also lives on the homepage of our website.