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  • #151979

    Matthew Culbert
    Keymaster

    To deal with some of the issues highlighted regarding displays of pamphlets,

    I’ve updated the layout for our ‘Historical Materialism’ pamphlet published in 1975 on the website to include navigable hyperlinks and an option of a PDF version. https://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/pamphlet/151921/

    I’ve updated the layout for our ‘Socialist Principles Explained’ pamphlet published in 2000 on the website to include navigable hyperlinks and an option of a PDF version. https://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/pamphlet/socialist-principles-explained/

    I’ve updated the layout for our ‘The Market System Must Go!’ pamphlet published in 1997 on the website to include navigable hyperlinks and an option of a PDF version.

    The Market System Most Go!


    I’ve updated the layout for our ‘An Inconvenient Question – Socialism and the Environment’ pamphlet published in ? which on the website to include navigable hyperlinks and an option of a PDF version.

    An Inconvenient Question-Socialism and the Environment

    I’ve updated the layout for our ‘Are We Prisoners of Our Genes? ‘ pamphlet published in 2004 which is on the website to include navigable hyperlinks and an option of a PDF version.

    Are We Prisoners of Our Genes?

    I have added a PDF version to the ‘From Capitalism to Socialism. . . how we live and how we could live’ pamphlet published in 2006 which is on the website.

    From Capitalism to Socialism – How We Live and How We Could Live

    I have added a PDF version to the ‘What’s Wrong With Using Parliament’ pamphlet which on the website.

    What’s Wrong With Using Parliament?

    Here https://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/pamphlet/

    #151980

    robbo203
    Participant

    Great stuff. Matt. A big improvement. Things are looking up and I’m sure in the end this is going to be a fantastic website and a real asset to the movement. The biggest challenge, I think, is to improve the forum and then to entice more and more workers into participating in it. We should aim to make it THE premier socialist discussion anywhere. Have all previous users been notified and what plans are afoot to publicise this facility as widely as possible? Also, would it not be a good idea to coopt comrades who have been critical of the present format and are tech savvy – like Darren for example – to informally advise on additional useful features this forum could strive to incorporate? What do you think? More hands and heads make lighter work etc

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  robbo203.
    #151986

    Dave Chesham
    Participant

    I don’t know whether the links you gave in your post #151979 were intended to take us to the pamphets in question, Matt, but only one, ‘Socialist Principles Explained’, worked for me. The remainder returned the message ‘Oops! That page can’t be found’.

    #151988

    Matthew Culbert
    Keymaster

    Thanks. Those were on my worksheet and were to the older links. I had to redo them and then delete the originals. I forgot that the links were slightly different. I think they are all pointing correctly now.

    #151989

    Matthew Culbert
    Keymaster

    Hi Robin, I had a lengthier reply but lost it when fixing the links in that other reply.

    So briefly, we may be able to use a plugin for the Forum but are holding off for now, as we can not be sure of its compatibility with this particular version of WordPress.

    So we will stick with the present lean and mean one for now

    I believe all previous users will have been contacted.

    There is a bit of work to be done on the main website with some outstanding issues preventing archive updates and this needs to be fixed.

    As there is only myself adding material and Rob doing the Standard,, progress will be slow regardless of advice, tech savvy or not.

    Once the site is finished and the issues previously referred to sorted I can prepare a worksheet for any forthcoming volunteers.

    #151990

    robbo203
    Participant

    Hi Matt

    You are making good progress and Im sure will get in there in the end. I think it is useful to have this kind of two way interaction/ I’m not tech savvy at all so I need to know something of the kind of constraints you operate with and conversely it is useful for you to know how us techno simpletons view things. We tend to like things nice and simple and straightforward! I guess in time additional features will be built into the website (and most particularly the forum which I regard as being absolutely central to the site) which will make everyone happy. I hear what you say about it not being possible to do it all at once with only yourself and Rob working on it

    Just one thing regarding the pamphlet section which is now much improved and in date order – it is not immediately obvious that there are several pages listing pamphlets . Is there a way of highlighting this more clearly – even just stating “more pamphlets” or “older pamphlets” in bold or something and making the dividing line between pamphlets and the current SS at the bottom of the page much thicker to differentiate it from the list of pamphlets. Ditto the Blog details

    #151991

    robbo203
    Participant

    Also = a quick thought occurred to me . How about a short brief FAQ at the top for the Forum with links on how to register, how to edit posts, how to quote from previous posts etc etc . Is this do-able?

    #151992

    Dave Chesham
    Participant

    “As there is only myself adding material and Rob doing the Standard,, progress will be slow regardless of advice, tech savvy or not.”

    I’m continuing to add and update events and branch meetings, etc., Matt, and if there’s anything else you think I’m competent enough to do then please say the word. 🙂

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  Dave Chesham.
    #152015

    Matthew Culbert
    Keymaster

    > Hi Matt
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    > You are making good progress and Im sure will get in there in the end. I think it is useful to have this kind of two way interaction/ I’m not tech savvy at all

    Nor am I really, just learning as I go and forgetting again and having to relearn. It was easier but a bit laborious previously to just do html but it was not pretty or efficient hence the C.M.S. But the CMS brings its own constraints as to what is possible. It can be adjusted but needs a knowledge of coding and this is specialist.

    > so I need to know something of the kind of constraints you operate with and conversely it is useful for you to know how us techno simpletons view things. We tend to like things nice and simple and straightforward! I guess in time additional features will be built into the website (and most particularly the forum which I regard as being absolutely central to the site) which will make everyone happy. I hear what you say about it not being possible to do it all at once with only yourself and Rob working on it.
    >
    > Just one thing regarding the pamphlet section which is now much improved and in date order – it is not immediately obvious that there are several pages listing pamphlets . Is there a way of highlighting this more clearly – even just stating “more pamphlets” or “older pamphlets” in bold or something and making the dividing line between pamphlets and the current SS at the bottom of the page much thicker to differentiate it from the list of pamphlets. Ditto the Blog details.

    The Pamphlets main page you see is not one of the editable pages which I could put a notice on top of to highlight the links to others at the bottom. I just tried to do it. Sorry. I’ll keep it in mind and get it added in future.

    It is not ALL in date order that was too big a job. (see** below)The pamphlet themselves are individual pages, but the CMS then shifts the latest posting to the top automatically. Which is how I was able to do a workaround to redo the order. The previous CMS had a facility where we could ‘weight’ the pamphlets in order giving them a number and this displayed them according to those specifications. The bloke at the agency was looking at this weighting idea but we couldn’t make any progress as any adjustments to code creates other unforeseen problems. But I had a hunch which worked with this months Standard to put the last page up first and so on, in reverse order so tried this with **more recent pamphlets.

    #152016

    Matthew Culbert
    Keymaster

    “I’m continuing to add and update events and branch meetings, etc., Matt, and if there’s anything else you think I’m competent enough to do then please say the word. 🙂”

    Thanks Dave. I hoped you would still be doing this but I didn’t know for sure what arrangements had been made.

    #152554

    ALB
    Participant

    Alan Johnstone wrote:

    Since we can’t do a preview (something else to be noted to add) I have to experiment in public how this HTML tag to quote works (if it does).

    #152555

    ALB
    Participant

    Well it didn’t, so trying something else:

    #152556

    ALB
    Participant

    That didn’t work either. What I was trying to do was quote something using <blockquote cite= What should I have done?

    #152557

    Matthew Culbert
    Keymaster

    Try this.
    Quote
    That was blockquote inside <>

    remember to do a closed one after it.

    bold

    italic

    #152559

    ALB
    Participant

    OK

    I am not accustomed to having to do html to use bold or italics or whatever. Was bad enough having to quote/unquote on the old forum to copy and paste. </quote>

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