Notes on a web journey

posted on: 23 August 2006


filed under: @ 20:19:31

I implemented the tags at the end of each post. The script for the tag cloud is also ready but I want first to go backward through the posts to add tags before displaying it on this page..however it's possible to watch it grow.

I don't think that categories and tags are overkill. Categories help me to keep things more organized, only tags would be too insubstantial (if substance has anything to do with a feeling). I will not use the same words for tags and categories.


posted on: 21 August 2006

Tags cloud

filed under: @ 14:08:23

I'm writing the code, using PHP, to create a “cloud” based on the tags I decided to add to each post.

Right now I organize the log with categories but sometimes I find it not precise enough and I don't think that adding a lot of new categories is the best way to go. Hence my decision to add tags at the bottom of each post, to specify better what the post is about and to enhance the findability of topics. I eventually will end up having:

  • a search feature (using FULLTEXT)
  • categories
  • tags on each post
  • a tag cloud to show all the tags I use

Now, when I want to find something, I just use the search posts feature, but, for a user that wants to have a comprehensive look at my posts, that's a bit too specific. Categories, on the other hand, seem to me to be too general. The code for the tag cloud is not finished yet and it's also turning out to be more difficult to write that I would have thought sometimes I think I've gone blind..didn't see the function I was looking for in the PHP manual.


posted on: 11 August 2006

Web 2 Dna

filed under: @ 10:06:27

sevencolors DNA-like data mapping

An online visualization of a user-chosen website through a graphical DNA-like data mapping approach. The brightness of the lines is determined by the importance of the tags in terms of structure, so that a semantically rich site will appear brighter than one with messy old-style code. A site that focuses on (text) content is one where the DNA patterns are large (filling many containers), but contains a lot of empty spaces between the lines (empty space is the individual words). via infosthetics



posted on: 09 August 2006


filed under: @ 13:36:42


I periodically re-think my categories and tagging system. I'm still not sure if I should add additional tags at the end of my posts to specify better the topic. The category that gives me most second thoughts is the one I named “interesting”, under which I tend to aggregate all posts that have something to do with art, culture, science and society. I don't think that adding another four categories would be the best solution and those are posts about things I find interesting. So, maybe, a mix of a category and some additional more specific tags in the post could be it.


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