Category Archives: IDAT101 – Strategies



  • Menu -relocated
  • Menu – changed to look like tabs
  • Menu – now consistent across browsers
  • Networking icons – reduced file size
  • Networking icons – moved to the left and made vertical
  • Various fixes and improvement to style.css
  • Tidied up code
  • Moved style images to seperate folder

Experimenting with:

The latest experimental version of my site can be found at

IDAT101 – New Look

Over the last few days I have been working on the appearance and functionality of my website. I don’t consider this to be what I want it to look like but more as an intermediate step towards getting there.

  • Replaced H1 with digital signature using CSS, text is hidden yet keeps its SEO value.
  • Made clicking on logo link back to main page.
  • Replaced entire header with a single image.
  • Switched entire site to .php
  • Added automatic year updating functionality to copyright statement.
  • Cropped and merged a number of pages.
  • Cleaned up image locations on server.
  • Updated all links.
  • Moved navigation menu position.
  • New favicon.
  • Altered .htaccess to direct 404 errors to 404.php.
  • Removed all iframes.
  • Removed all facebook API integration.
  • Replaced invalid embedded flash code with valid code.

Known issues:

  • Navigation menu stretches vertically in IE6 & IE7.
  • Navigation menu could look better.
  • Blog page loads awkwardly in IE6-8, maybe waiting for feedburner javascript to fininsh.
  • Imported blog content needs styling.
  • Gallery and connectivity link buttons uses some inline CSS.
  • Somewhat hacky use of CSS.

To do:

  • Fix known issues.
  • Add content to portfolio and about page.
  • Reintergrate twitter API.
  • Make site more dynamic.

IDAT101 – Website Tinkering

Following from suggestions from Craig Mason in IDAT101 I have tweaked my website. One of the suggestions was to change the main image on my front page from CompuServe’s .gif (Graphics Interchange Format) to the lovely, shiny and wonderful .png (Portable Network Graphics). I also resized the image to match the size that it is displayed at. In browsers with poor rendering engines, namely older versions of Microsoft’s Trident, resizing images as I had results in aliasing. So by changing the image I have avoided this scaling issue.


This is a catchup of the last few sessions for IDAT101

Rhetoric, Argument and Persuasion

In Aristotle’s Rhetoric he defined the modes of persuasion as Ethos, Pathos and Logos.
In simple terms they are:

Ethos is an appeal to the authority or honesty of the speaker. It is how well they are able to convince the audience of their qualification to speak on a particular subject.

Which is to appeal to the audiences emotions.

Is to use logic or reason that backs up the speakers standpoint to appeal to an audience.

In classical Rhetoric the process of persuasion is divided into five sections:

The search for persuasive ways to present information and arguments.

The organisation of a presentation to ensure that all the means of persuasions are effectively used.

The use of correct, appropriate and effective language.

The use of mnemonics and to aid in Delivery.

Clearly putting across the message with effective gestures and vocal modulation.

Linguistic devices can also be used to improve the effectiveness of persuasive writing. Alliteration, anthropomorphism, antithesis, hyperbole, innuendo, irony, symbol, similes, parallelism, metaphors, rhymes and oxymorons among the most common.

These are all important tools with which to write effectively and should be useful to understand for writing my blog when I wish to be persuasive.

IDAT101 – Mapping the Media

Leading on from the task in the previous week in which we attempted to create a map of our lives and identities we have now began to focus in on the media aspect specifically and the interactions between various elements of it and people. Fortunately my work for the previous week had been done from a media influence standpoint.

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In a small group we discussed how to go about mapping the structure of the media. I suggested that the media could be broken down into three relatively distinct areas of Content, Delivery and Feedback.

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I also identified a distinction between forms of feedback to the content provider, that it could be either passive, for example viewing figures or page hits, or active such as a complaint.

Using the website we were able to better organise and present this interpretation. The site allows collaborative work on the same mind map in real time over the Internet. Once I got home I increased the complexity of the diagram to include greater depth. With such a vast and interconnected field as the media some things like the various combinations of elements could not be explained in detail. An example being the degrees of which something can be both informative and entertaining.

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The diagram shows a looping system in which content is created, delivered, consumed and the feedback is then transfered back to the content creator. With this feedback content creators may adjust their output.

This way of looking seems to me to be a usefull basic model for understanding the complexity of the media and has prompted me to think though it further.