I’m delighted to be able to inform the legions of loyal viewers and readers of this blog and the http://www.deomercurio.be website that, as of Monday the 25th, the site is restored to full working order and that all is just as it should be. I’m not sure if it’s much faster or smoother to load than it had been, but at least it’s there again!
Incidentally, I’ll be rolling out a new Java- and CSS-enabled markup for footnotes in the newer pages I add, starting (appropriately enough!) with one for Vulcan. But this occasions me to ask: Why on earth have the HTML5 people not put their considerable talents and ingenuity to bear on footnotes, of all things? It’s an incredibly basic feature—and really essential to promoting a culture of intellectual honesty on the internet. LaTeX (which I heartily dislike in most respects) has had a simple and elegant solution for footnote markup since the 1980s. I absolutely refuse to use inline citations, for obvious reasons—and for my scruples I’m rewarded with having to wade through piles of past forum discussions and then try to fiddle with Java (a programming language I don’t know) and CSS to adapt somebody else’s ad-hoc footnote solution to the design and linguistic needs of my site. It’s just absurd that this doesn’t come out of the box in HTML.
But I digress!