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News & Updates in May 2018

Madlax (from Madlax)
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Posted the anime profile of KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Updated the backend coding of several pages. The Add Anime and Add Character pages each had two separate pages, one for the form and one after the form was submitted, which is a silly way to do it but I coded up those pages a long time ago when I was just learning about PHP and form submissions and didn't know any better. So I finally got around to merging them each into a single page and then broke apart the PHP from the HTML with templates. I also made it so that if you submit one of the forms and there is an error you will still see the form and it will still be filled in with everything you already entered. I also converted some other pages to use templates: FAQ page, Feedback page, Contact page, News page. I added anime images to the FAQ page, News page, and Archived Updates.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Posted the articles Check out these top apps for watching anime on mobile and Top 10 Anime Tech We Wish Were Real.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Updated the JavaScript on the File Explorer page so that when a link is clicked on it will be registered as having been visited. This wasn't happening before because the page content was being loaded via AJAX instead of the browser actually going to the page. Fixed a minor bug in my image thumbnail generation code which affected images that were in a different folder than the page displaying them. Updated the animated GIF images on the homepage, replacing one with a new image and replacing the other two with larger versions. Updated pages to allow for the File Explorer sidebar width.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Posted the character profile of Agni (from Black Butler). Changed the path where thumbnails are created.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Posted the anime profile of Assassination Classroom and the character profile of Nagisa Shiota (from Assassination Classroom). Improved my image thumbnail generation code by having it preserve transparency when creating thumbnails of images that contain transparent areas. Removed the thumbnail from the 404 Not Found to just let the browser scale down the full size image, because I had generated that thumbnail manually many, many years ago and nowadays browsers do a better job than I had done with it. I got rid of the multiple 404 pages which would redirect various places based on whatever, so now there's just a single 404 page which handles everything, and I moved the HTML part of that page into a template.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Updated the File Explorer sidebar so that it remembers what file arrangement order was selected, and removed the link to switch arrangement orders if there is only a single time of file in the selected directory (since there's no point in switching between arranging by type or name if there's only a single type).

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Updated the Javascript and AJAX files for the homepage and made it work and display properly when viewed from the File Explorer page. Removed Infolinks, those slightly annoying green advertising links that get automatically populated throughout the content. Moved the Google Analytics, Facebook, and Pinterest Javascript code from the bottom of the template file into the main JavaScript file that gets loaded at the bottom of the template file. Fixed a bug that prevented the animated gif images from animating on the homepage.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Replaced the list of social media share buttons with one social media sharing icon that will show the other buttons when clicked. It think this gives a cleaner look. I didn't hide the Facebook LIKE button because it's about liking, not sharing. I moved the HTML content out of the Configure Preferences file and into a template file and merged the separate CSS and JavaScript I had for it into the main CSS and JavaScript files. I removed Google Adsense ads from the File Explorer page as pages with adult content could be loaded there and Adsense isn't allowed on pages with adult content.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Updated the character profiles of Grell Sutcliffe and William T. Spears (from Black Butler). Made some cosmetic fixes to the mobile version of the site. Moved my phpBB 3.0 MODs page from the about folder to the phpBB extensions folder and updated the backend code for both of those pages to use template files instead of generating the HTML from within the page scripts.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Posted the character profile of Ronald Knox (from Black Butler). Renamed the "admin" to "about" since it primarily contains pages that tell about the site and myself and doesn't contain any admin controls or anything.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

I removed the H1 HTML element from the website title so I could use it for the title area of the first section on the page, as that title is more important to focus on than the title of the website. For the image popup box I moved the image title from above the image to below the image so that long titles that wrap will not get cut off by the image. I also tweaked the style of the buttons for closing the box and for opening the image in a new window so that they're a bit wider and flow into the top and sides of the box instead of just the top, and made it so that the box doesn't auto-close when clicking the button to view the image in a new window. Updated from Jquery 2.2.4 to Jquery 3.3.1, and performed other minor tweaks and fixes.

One bug I fixed would prevent the file list sidebar from remembering which leaves had been opened. I changed the cookies that store file list sidebar statuses into a session cookie so it should be cleared when the browser is closed, that way the sidebar only stays open for the current session. I made a minor improvement to the filename sorting and made the bottom file list section flash when it loads after clicking a link in the upper folder list section, just to draw attention to it. I did this because I found myself clicking a link in the folder list section and then just waiting, not realizing that the content loaded in the bottom file list section because it looked so similar to the previous file list.

The biggest change came behind-the-scenes as I'm now using PHP to build thumbnail images instead of having my pre-processor script build them. The image galleries were already using PHP to build thumbnails and that had been working well so made the switch for all other images. Let me know if you notice any bugs with this such as certain images not being displayed.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Posted the character profile of Ichigo Amano (from Yumeiro Patissiere). Added an announcement to the page header asking for more anime and character profile submissions since I only have a few left to do before I run out.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

I hid the controls on the popup image box until the mouse is moved over the image. I think this makes for a cleaner look.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Anyone remember HTML Frames? Not IFrames which are used to embed content into a page, but the old Frames that divided the page into separate independent sections? Well up until today I was actually still using those on Absolute Anime to display a sidebar of directories and files. But no more! I finally got around to converting that file list sidebar into an fixed DIV that is loaded via AJAX and controlled via Javascript and cookies. It can be accessed by clicking the folder icon off to the side of the browser and won't load the content until it's opened so it shouldn't slow down your normal browsing. As always, if you notice any issues with it please let me know.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Posted the character profile of Spin (from RollBots). Sorry for not doing any updates these past couple weeks. I was working on converting my Prime Post Revisions phpBB 3.0 MOD into a phpBB 3.2 extension. I got that finished and posted a few days ago.