I used my unexpected day off from work yesterday — courtesy of the weekend snowstorm — to focus on a webpage I’ve wanted to construct for awhile. It serves as a portal to various pages that outline historic military forts that I’ve encountered and recorded during my travels. Yes, along with lighthouses, waterfalls, breweries, ferries, and counties, I’m also a relentless collector of fortifications. I have this compulsion to count things of a similar nature and to gather them into sets.
The current result can be found in Forts, Fortresses and Fortifications. I created a basic xml file to hold the latitude/longitude coordinates, image tags and page links that will pop up when a user clicks a marker on the underlying Google map. I still need to add a few more forts once I have an opportunity to identify and scan a bunch of pre-digital hardcopy photos I’ve stored in a shoebox.
I also need to decide whether I’ll include forts I’ve visited outside of the United States. Dunadd in Scotland would be a likely candidate. I also have Burg Katz in Germany on the website but is that more castle or fortress? Hmmm… including castles would add a whole new and interesting dimension to the collection. Decisions, decisions.
The name I chose seemed a bit redundant but I liked the way it sounded and it should help the search engines catalog the subject matter. It’s still a prototype so I can always modify that later along with anything else on the page. We’ll see.
Any design or content recommendations would be appreciated at my email address. I don’t have a lot of web design skills so I won’t be able to do anything fancy. In fact, I’ve pretty well hit the outer limits of my technical abilities, but I’ll see what I can do with any suggestions.
Relief is on the way if you’ve grown tired of my off-topic ramblings over the last several days.
I promise to return to geography-related stories going forward and I already have the next round of articles mapped out.