Resurrecting Interactive Mathematics

By Murray Bourne, 03 Feb 2005

I have been working on a revamp of Intereactive Mathematics lately, since the server where it is currently housed will be decommissioned sometime soon.

The new stuff is at Interactive Mathematics.

The revamp includes the following:

  • removing all deprecated html (font tags, etc)
  • ensuring HTML4.01 compliance
  • redesigning it all using CSS and ensuring compliance
  • making it search engine friendly
  • attempting to make it cross-browser compliant (This part is quite a nightmare. How I hate Internet Explorer and all its non-standard ways of doing things. And Netscape and Firefox do not display Symbol font - not a good situation for a mathematics website.)
  • allowing for different screen resolutions
  • using CSS buttons (as opposed to 'real' buttons or images) for navigation
  • using a "fixed" area for the navigation buttons (works similar to frames, but without the hassles) - does not work in IE

Any comments on the navigation and other usability issues?

See the 1 Comment below.

One Comment on “Resurrecting Interactive Mathematics”

  1. fred says:

    Go for it! Looks good to me.

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