Classification and the librarian's problem
The classifications used in this site
I settled on this structure of my web sites after a couple of trial sites.
The first site used directories (or folders) to separate the individual
pages. I soon found the some pages belonged in more than one directory.
Directory names also took up space in the hyperlinks.
This sites gets around this problem by placing all the pages in one
directory (mostly). The files are labelled alphabetically.
The maximum filename length is eight characters. So aaaaaaaa.htm is followed
I use MSnotepad to create and edit the files. I usually use 5 windows with
Notepad and 2 windows with Netscape while editing. This allows me to cut and
paste between web pages.
If a group of pages is using a very similar outline I save the layout by
calling it a template file (eg. atemp.htm). This has the consequence of
classifying the pages into general classes.
These classes are not limited by directory structure. A page can be the
member of more than one class. Classifications can refer to each other.
So far, the classes are as follows...
Class a: homepage, general stuff to do with the
Class b: human ecology, concepts and glossary.
Class bj: Return (ticket) to Nature. Birdwatching with a bus.
Class c: MSc project, I might expand this section to
include other stuff from my BSc & MSc.
Class d: Ilfracombe
Class e: originally authors, this class has been
generalised to people.
Class f: Books and articles. This class developed
because I had problems making a bibliography database. "A book can be a
book or an article, a book can contain articles".
Class g: Notes for PhD proposals, similar stuff
to class b, but more conjectures.
Class h: What are the meanings of calcium in physiology?,
Experimental hypertext description of the roles of calcium in physiology -
interelated to ideas from Barthes, Foucault, Ulrich Beck, and Umberto
Class i: What are the roles of calcium in the genotype -
Class j: some sounds of numbers, midi files of
Class k: Pseudo phase spaces
Class l: Origami
Class m: Mathematics education, my current course.
Class n: Places
Class tree: Graphs and trees
Class , template temp.htm
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Last modified 18/10/01