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2009-01-06 Updates

posted Jan 5, 2009, 10:02 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 27, 2009, 3:38 AM by Eddie Woo ]
Horizontal rule on front page and quotes

Komal's page gave me the idea of using a horizontal rule after the title. It separates the header and the body, and therefore subtly makes the page appear tidier.

Komal and Ria's pages both have relevant quotes. I think this is a good idea and I've adapted it by making an image in Adobe Photoshop and compressing it using GIF down from 271 kb to 47.5 kb to make it suitable for web viewing.

N.B. Front page's bottom links bar will be hidden on system final release

Competitions page created

Mostly based on original research because the old page from 2006 only mentioned what the competitions were and what the test dates were for 2006 (which is not particularly helpful as these dates appear to change every year). I've listed AMC, Mathsearch, NAPLAN, and UNSW.

Different image for Junior section

In the end, I was so desperate for a better image that I literally got out an old maths book and started photographing the pages.

As everyone in apocalipticDESIGN knows from their prelim course, GIF files can only have 256 colours, but are therefore great for web viewing. You don't even notice any GIF-related colour problems in the above image - unless you view it at full size - and this is a photograph.

Uploaded past exam papers

For year 7 yearly; year 8 half yearly.

As always, files are being renamed to yr[grade]_[year]_[exam][_soln if solutions], which are more appropriate for web distribution.

I've noticed how incomplete some of these past paper collections are (what is the purpose of 2005 yearly solutions when the user probably won't have the 2005 yearly paper in the fast place) so I will try to get my hands on the rest of the documents after the start of term.

I've also noticed a lack of consistency in file formats - half the documents are in PDF and the other half are in DOC. It's virtually impossible to convert PDF to DOC but converting all the DOC files to PDF means that the maths staff won't be able to edit them in future. I think what I will do is convert the DOCs to PDF but keep both online.

I have just been shocked by the fact that someone wrote the Year 8 half yearly for 2001 in an Excel spreadsheet. It is not necessarily bad, just extremely unexpected.


Implemented links on both junior and senior course pages that point to BOS syllabus.