FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2008
Well, it was a nice thought, but it seems that Apple’s iWeb product is not up to my needs. (Version 2.0.2 aka iWeb ’08 as of this writing.) I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and learn iWeb so I could teach it to my wife (who is an amazingly talented Science teacher, but with little time to learn new technologies) and use it for some of my own web pages.
I decided to use it for making my main web page and so went to work. The themes were mostly not what I wanted for something a bit more business-oriented, but I settled on the admittedly austere “Darkroom” theme and went at it.
Now it is fair to say that my old page looked downright high-school by comparison because it was all hand-written HTML. And my ability to produce artwork …. well, I wouldn’t quit my day job. (So to speak.) So, my first go-round with iWeb looked pretty good, and it was quick.
But waitaminute! When I uploaded it to my ISP (not Apple’s Dot-Mac) and looked at it it was different. Wow, there were strange glyphs all over the place. The smart quotes and accidental use of 2 spaces between words had all kinds of mystery characters (glitchy keyboard, or my bad typing.) I didn’t have time to figure out the difference between viewing the local files (published to a local folder) and the same files uploaded to an ISP, so I just turned off the smart quotes in iWeb preferences and did a quick find-replace of all space-space’s with a single space (repeated a few times until it showed zero replacements.)
Now Safari showed reasonably the same thing in both places. “That’s good” I thought. But, since people would be seeing this a newer, expanded resume (note that I’m not trying for the proper use of diacritical-marked e’s due to this) I thought I’d better check on how the Windows version of Internet Explorer would show the page.
YUCK! It was AWFUL! Everything was completely mangled. Parts were all over the page. Sometimes nowhere near the intended location.
So, when I get time, I’ll be re-doing the whole thing again. This time with some more appropriate showing-off of tech I think.