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While we were working on the Marvel List (unsorted) I got an idea for how to do a quick text DC List.

So the complete DC Comics Collection List is now up! Well, complete until someone lets me know what I’m missing. And then it will be complete again!

This list is actually dynamically generated. I’d told people before the server couldn’t handle generating the whole reading order on one page, but that wasn’t quite true – it just can’t generate multiple queries per book without slogging to a halt. If I just have it generate the title and a link, it can handle it, though it does take up a whole mess of memory each time it has to generate the page.

However, that shouldn’t be that big of a deal since most users will just be getting a cached version of the page.

I’m also hoping this new list will be helpful to those of you doing mobile browsing, but it’s actually just a step in that direction. My uncle and I have been going over some xml stuff tonight and figuring out possibilities.

Also, the forum has undergone some formatting changes. Mainly legibility stuff – the font sizes have increased, changed the link color to match the rest of the site.

It still seems a little ugly to me, but a lot better than the default formatting. At least I can read what I’m typing now!

It looks a little bubbly funny. But I think it’s an improvement. I also fixed up the margins between the boxes and removed a border to streamline the design.

There are a few added items on the bottom of the forum as well, a navigation dropdown menu that shows all the subforums as well as recent posts, plus a little stats box that should show who is browsing what threads, recently registered members, etc. Pretty standard forum stuff. It does seem to be off in some areas (guests for example, seems to mean guest posters not guest traffic) but it’s fun to check out.

Hope those updates tide you over until our new reviews start going up. I’m sitting on a few, and just need to format and add images, but have very limited time now that I’m working 9 hour days again.

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  1. avatar Dirt55 wrote on at January 7, 2011 12:40 am:

    Wow that is one daunting list! I better ramp up my collection. I really like that you have a separate list for DC Companion Volumes. I recently ordered the Superman in Action Comics: Complete Covers of the First 25 Years and I have the DC Vault, which was a christmas gift a few years ago, and it makes me giddy every time I open it. It’s easily one of my favorite books, ever. Nice update on the forum too, looks “cleaner” then before.

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    avatar Ian replied on January 8th, 2011 at 12:22 am:

    Thanks, I’m glad you like the forum look. I’ll probably keep tweaking it.

    It took me a bit to figure out how to best separate out the lists with a custom query, but it seems to be working just fine – and updates whenever I change a book! I should probably make an alphabetical listing as well, but no hurry on that, I think.

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