John Hawkins

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Picture Categories
About two years ago I set up a domain for Chie, and for most of that time it has gone pretty much unused. That is, until I recently set up the picture categories bit of my site, and I realised I had an easy way to have an automatically updated page for Chie. Every time I add a new set of pictures, I assign it to one or more categories. There's then an index page maintained for each category. It was only a simply modification from there to have an RSS feed also generated for each category. This means the main page of can just read the relevant RSS feed from the 'Maison, and use that to build an index page of pictures with Chie in, ordered by most recent updates. There's something deeply satisfying about knowing I can make changes on one site, and those changes, if relevant, will automatically propogate to another site.
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Picture Categories
I've added yet another new bit to my pictures pages. Over the last few months, a number of different people have told me they've been looking at this bit of the site. It occurred to me that all these people know me for different reasons, and therefore are naturally more interested in some sets of pictures than others. As the collection approaches 100 sets of pictures on the web (I would guess that's at least 5,000 pictures, maybe getting on for 10,000), it is starting to get a bit unwieldy, so it seemed like a good idea to come up with a category system. You can see the categories index page here. Every time I add a new set of pictures I attribute it to one or more categories, and then the relevant category indices get updated. I'll probably add more categories at a later date - please let me know if you have any suggestions.
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