I don't have a long story here. I wanted a way to display a bunch of small hypertext documents, but not in the standard WWW "click-to-see-this-page" paradigm. Instead, new pages can be popped up below an existing page, or to the side in a second column (or a third, etc.)
Links in a footmark document are shown with the following icons:
I like Python. It's a clean little language -- like Perl, but without the grossness. (And someday I'll write an Emacs mode that hides the stupid whitespace-dependence.)
Unfortunately, my web server doesn't support on-page Python scripting. It does support on-page PHP scripting. PHP is like Perl but without the elegance, speed, or power. Sigh. But I didn't feel like messing with Perl or a CGI script, so PHP is what I used.
Here's footmark.php, the page-generation script. The source page contains code like:
<script language="php"> require('data.php'); require('footmark.php'); footmark(); </script>
The data.php file would be PHP code defining arrays -- these contain all the data describing the pages and links. Here is the data file for my Game Lexicon footmark document.
No, I have no documentation for this stuff. If it seems popular, I may write some up. Sorry.
Last updated February 12, 2001.
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