Today I uploaded a completely redesigned site at Greek-Language.com. Every page except the grammar has been redesigned. You will see much that looks familiar, but plenty that is new as well. The greatest changes are behind the scenes, with a thorough rewriting of the code that makes the site run. I have written many hundreds of lines of HTML and totally replaced all of the CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) that control the look of the pages.
Here are some of the more obvious changes:
- The alphabet page now contains pronunciation recommendations for the Hellenistic period. (It always had them for Classical and Modern Greek.) I have inserted audio recordings with the Hellenistic Koine pronunciation suggestions. This slows down page load time, but has a big enough payoff to warrant it. The recordings are not stellar, but they provide an approximation of one of the many varieties of pronunciation that were current during the period.
- ALL informational pages now have a Google search bar at the bottom of the page.
- The bibliographies page has been cleaned up and now has a clearer, easier to follow organization. Several former pages have been combined into a single elegant page.
- The blogs page had become obsolete since the same information it contained is included here on this blog in the blogroll on the right. This page was simply replaced by a link that brings you here.
- The dictionaries page includes a number of additions, including a new section with basic information on Ancient Greek lexicographers—writers in the ancient world who wrote discussions of Greek vocabulary or early lexicons.
- In addition to cleaning up the epigraphy page I have added information on resources that have come online since the last major renovation of this site (2009).
- I added Textkit’s Greek and Latin Forum to the forums page and streamlined the look of all the resources presented there.
- Little has changes on the history page other than visual presentation and small improvements in wording.
- On the learn Greek page, I deleted references to sites that have not been updated in the last couple of years and added a link to William Mounce’s online resources for his Basics of Biblical Greek.
- The manuscripts page brings a range of improvements from updated information on the resources that were already listed there to adding resources that were not available in 2009.
- The software page has also seen updates with the deletion of links to organizations that have provided nothing new for the study of Greek in several years to the addition of one company that has recently begun a move into Ancient Greek software.
Since the overwhelming majority of computers now on the market can use Unicode fonts, and there are many of them available on the internet, I have eliminated the fonts page here at Greek-Language.com.
I hope you enjoy the updated site and find it useful.
Like everything new in the world of computing, I’m sure there will be some mistakes in what I have created. I encourage you to point them out to me. You can do that either by emailing me, if you already have my address (I’m sorry I can’t post it here because of SPAM bots that read websites to find them!), or by using the contact option in the menu bar just under the picture at the top of this page.
One Reply to “Greek-Language.com Version 3 (or is it 4?)”
Well, after posting the new site yesterday I’ve spent a huge amount of time programming around bugs in Internet Explorer. (How many bugs can one browser have?!)
If you visited the site yesterday using Explorer, you might want to try it again now. I think the site will look a good bit better.