Over the last two days I've had the good fortune to buy my hands into code that I've been working on for quite some time. What this means is that a lot of the things that needed to be written were already half done and I've finally been able to complete the other half. Yesterday this meant getting some restaurant software updated and today it was some rather important pieces for 10Centuries. With these important pieces complete, I now get to turn my attention to something new that will be built on the 10C platform: Journalling.
Over the next couple of days I plan on building the first half of the Journalling aspect, which is essentially a reader theme that draws on a new API that presents content in a well-indexed, easily searchable manner. The design will probably remind people of the Kindle application with fewer options, but the core layout will actually be built to resemble some of the single-panel textbook themes that I've tested and abandoned at the day job. Once the site is running well, it will be time to work on the other half, which is the journalling aspect. These two elements will be sharing the same screen, side-by-side, and building on each other's strengths.
With any luck, it'll be possible to share some screenshots of the initial designs tomorrow and the refinements in later posts. In my mind, this new feature will allow me to explore some of the better aspects of traditional textbook design in a modern medium while also providing something of serious value to people who wish to study and create worthwhile notes.
Hopefully the first release of this feature can be shared with the world before the weekend, even if it's just the first half of the objective.