Trinity Western University Archives

by Administrator Thursday, June 16, 2005 11:55 AM
Trinity Western University (TWU) Archives worked with Andornot to create their website complete with searchable database of descriptions of photographs and textual (paper) records. The photographs, which document the history of the University from its founding in 1961 to the present day, number approximately 5,000. The 100 metres of textual records are comprised of university materials as well as special collections and private fonds.

This project was made possible in part through the Canadian Culture Online Program of Canadian Heritage, the National Archives of Canada and the Canadian Council of Archives. The Archives purchased a single user license of DB/TextWorks in 2001, converted existing finding aids, and continued to catalogue the collection using Archives Online. Archives Online provides a ready to use RAD and ISAD(G) compliant template for cataloguing archival descriptions and includes predefined data entry and report formats. In 2002, the TWU Archives purchased Inmagic DB/Text WebPublisher Lite. Andornot designed a new website for the Archives based on the main TWU site at that time and incorporated this template into all the WebPublisher displays.

The Archives home page features a quick search facility plus canned searches which create dynamically updated Finding Aids for the Lyle Wicks and Mel Smith fonds. There is an advanced search page with Andornot's index popups for browsing and pasting index terms, and the search results page features an Andornot drop down script to select reports sorted by relevance, date or by hierarchy. A search on the word "Library" in the keyword box illustrates how the hierarchical display groups records by fonds and level of description. In addition a hyperlink to the fonds level description is provided for each record.

Contact Andornot for more information on Archives Online or our web site design services.

XSL Transforms: The Tortoise and the Hare

by Peter Tyrrell Friday, June 10, 2005 10:24 AM

Woe. Woe, I say. Woe! To Thee! If thou wouldst assay to run an XSL transform with the .NET XslTransform object. And a knight recreant would I be to keep my tongue caged within its red and toothy prison over it. As 'twere.

Simply put, the .NET XslTransform class is not MSXML based. MSXML is fast. XslTransform is slow. Particularly with transforms of larger XML docs - performance gets worse the larger the XML input is. Supposedly this will all go away with .NET 2.0.

If you pass WebPublisher an XSL document with a query, you're in no trouble, since WebPublisher is using MSXML.

Keywords: tortoise, hare, woe

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Tongue Nailed To Floor

by Peter Tyrrell Thursday, June 09, 2005 10:27 AM

It's hard to rant when words are inadequate. Musing is similarly right out. This is exactly why Hallmark is doing a roaring trade in prefabricated sentiment.

Nathan Mayr, a friend, a fiendishly genius developer, and someone I looked up to (he was taller than me) has died and silence is all that comes out.

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American Marching Band Empties Collective Spit Valve Over Vestiges of Youth

by Peter Tyrrell Tuesday, May 24, 2005 3:23 PM

In Canada, we celebrate Victoria Day every year on the Monday preceding May 25th, in memory of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). I'm not sure why. In Victoria, where I live, the conjunction of the Day with the eponymous City means we must have a parade. We have had for 107 years. "Every minute of this 2-1/2 hr parade will leave you entertained" touts our official tourism website. Well, whatever. Somehow I end up watching every year anyway.

A lot of American high school marching bands show up for the event, and they're mostly really good, for high school students trapped in polyester. Part of the fun (every minute, folks, EVERY MINUTE) is to try and guess what the hell tune they're playing. Sometimes it's obvious ("Louie, Louie"), sometimes it's more challenging, as you strain your "top of the pops" trivia skills to the limit. One in particular had me stumped. The tune was tantalizingly familiar - I could even hum along - but I couldn't for the life of me name what it was. My sister didn't know. My wife hadn't a clue. I was like, I KNOW THIS, but I couldn't identify it. Until suddenly, as the last rank of tubas was passing, I had it: Ozzy Osbourne, "Crazy Train".

Ozzy Osbourne? OZZY? OSBOURNE!? Now, I love Ozzy, but for me, that song is a symbol of my long-hair headbanging days. You know, rebellious youth and loud, possibly Satanic music. And here they are, these kids, turning my rebel anthem into an easy-listenin' family-parade-day brass-n'-woodwinds favourite. I hated every one of 'em. Then I remembered who was wearing the burgundy and gold, one-size-fits-none bibbers and jacket with matching spats for a two mile stretch on a public street in front of 90,000 spectators. And felt a lot better.

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Loosing It

by Peter Tyrrell Friday, May 20, 2005 10:20 AM

Loose and lose are DIFFERENT words in the English language. For the love of GOD, if I see one more person use "loose" when they mean "lose", I'm going to gnaw a hole in my belly and pull out enough intestine to strangle myself out of sheer blighted hope in the human condition.

It's because yesterday I was using a third party control for a popup calendar. The control itself is great, and I was perusing the list of control properties, when what to my wondering eyes did appear, but the CalendarPopup.EnableLooseFocus property. The say what? Uh... some kind of focus where the rivets have joggled free and are rattling around because I prefer that over a TIGHT FOCUS? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Doesn't the Law of Grammatic Entropy which governs such words as qwik, ez, and donut (nee quick, easy, and doughnut) DEMAND that longer words collapse to shorter ones due to the overwhelming pressure of human laziness? How then the extra "o"? It's actually more work: the finger expends double the calories as it redundantly hammers the key. Obviously the Grammatic Entropy law is being counteracted by the Law of Orthographic Horsepower which says that if one letter is good, more must be better.

Next on the block: its versus it's.

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