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This week at the Lexicon


There’s been a decided lack of new posts here, I know. Sorry about that. I spent most of the week in London at the publisher working on the new book, In Search of Harry Potter, which is due out October the 9th, and so I’ve been commuting back and forth, which means hours on the train. So there have been only a few behind-the-scenes updates and edits.

One baffling problem I’ve been trying to sort out is the fact that our /icons folder wasn’t working. I finally determined that it’s because the server has its own folder with that name and automatically hijacks any URL. So this evening I need change that folder name and then track down and fix any links that will then point to the wrong place. Thank goodness for Dreamweaver. Even so, that’s going to take some time.

One thing that a working /icons folder means is that we will be able to start working on the icon database (the one that we’re missing all the current data for) and get the icons to work properly. If they’re set up right, clicking on an icon in the timeline or the Portkey brings up an icon search page with relevant links and saved searches for that icon through the entire database. This will expand over time as we begin databasing more areas of the Lexicon until clicking an icon will give you a well-organised screen of everything in the entire site which has that icon attached. So if you click on the Potions icon, you’ll see a list of people, places, timeline events, canon snippets, creatures, essays, and so on that are related to that topic, along with a concise definition and even offsite links.

Should be very cool … but I need to get the folder to work first, and the start re-entering all that data ….


Pensieve (Comments)

  • Mikkel Larsen

    I guess thats why you just get an empty screen with the word ‘test’ in the upper left corner when you go to hplex.org this morning.

  • Nichola Vojvodic (15)

    Wow!Im sure that going to be very cool, but it need’s lot of work.Lexicon getting better and better…im from Serbia and even here lexicon is very popular.But I wonder about timelines…some of dates do not match with timelines on the DVD 2 disc’s of HP movie.But stay the best and you shoul make a Serbian version of Lexicon…

    …and sorry for possible errors in comment…

    And of course HP fans from England write on mail:
    [email protected]

  • Steve

    Hi, Nichola

    Can you tell me which dates I need to check? I don’t have the DVDs handy.


  • starling

    Hey Steve, Amazon.co.uk seems to be confused. Rather than allowing a pre-order, it says the book was published in July and that it’s out of stock!

  • Starling,

    Yeah, that’s because the publication date was moved back when we ran into some problems with page layouts. I’ve been told that it’s very difficult to get things changed on Amazon once they’re posted. We gave them the cover image two months ago, for example, and they’re still showing ‘Cover not available’. The book will be published on the 9th of October.


  • JJB

    I guess that answers my question in the previous Pensieve.
    Deck the halls with boughs of Potter!

  • Hi, JJB
    I’m sorry I missed your comment in the previous Pensieve! Yes, the book will go to the printer at the end of this week, and after that it’s about a week and a half until we have copies in hand. I don’t know anything about a US publisher yet, but hopefully there will be one soon.

  • starling

    Meh, Amazon is still confused, it now says it’s on pre-order. Never fear, I’ll get it from Abe books instead!