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Fine-tuning

posted Sep 28, 2008, 9:55 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Sep 28, 2008, 10:12 PM ]
One of the two-edged swords of web development is that your work is never quite finished. When working on a physical publishing schedule, there is a finite point at which writing must end, edits must be completed, and the finished manuscript must be submitted to the printer. The book is bound and the work is done. 

Now of course, there are always further editions and so on. But that is nothing like the never-ending cycle of piecemeal content creation, publishing and refinement that is the essence of web development. It is endlessly frustrating because, in a sense, it means that the job will never be finished. As I look through this site I see numerous things that are wrong and I am compelled to go and adjust them so that they will be 'just right', much like a home-maker rushes around their house in an endless attempt to neaten things up - only to have them messed up again by the rigours of life.

However, the positive side of this is clear. Improvements can be made on the fly, and almost instantly. A flawed design that had a problematic inception does not need to stay a flawed design. And that is the case with this website. As it continues to grow, I see things that can be altered to improve the user experience of the site. 

You'll notice a slight adjustment to the navigation on the left (now broken into two main sections), as well as the addition of a dedicated About page that does properly what the Home page was trying to do and not being very successful at. Additionally, I have added a File Updates page, that keeps a running check on the newest files added to the site. I hope these changes will all make using this site easier and more helpful you, the users.
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