On an experimental basis, the SCD Groups Map/List on my.strathspey now contains non-affiliated SCD groups in continental Europe (from Celtic Circle) and the USA/Canada (from the Inter-city Scot). Data on RSCDS branches and affiliated groups has also been comprehensively updated from the earlier disgraceful state, and is now thought to be current.
I think I've sorted out most of the inconsistencies in the data but if you spot any problems let me know. Also let me know if you have a good online source of non-affiliated SCD groups in the UK, which is now the main omission from the groups directory.
· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 14 January 2022 12:57
The database now features the diagrams from Angus Henry's The MacNab Dances in Diagrams, as published by the RSCDS. These are magnificent works of art that help a lot with understanding these often tricky and unusual dances. Thank you to Angus for allowing us to include them here, to Keith Rose for organising the TIFF-to-SVG conversion, and to Stephen Webb for instigating the project.
The diagrams appear under the “Cribs/Diagrams” tabs on the detail pages of the dances in question (search for “MacNab” to find the books and take it from there). If you don't see the diagrams, check the diagram source preference in your database profile; you may have to enable the “The MacNab Dances in Diagrams (Angus Henry)” diagram source there for the diagrams to show up.
· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 22 March 2021 22:44
It seems that there's an issue with playing YouTube videos in full-screen mode. The button is there but the documentation says “may not work on all non-YouTube sites”, which I read as “won't work except on YouTube”.
I'll look into this some more, but for the moment the workaround is to go to YouTube (via the convenient “YouTube” button at the bottom of the video player) and switch the video to full-screen there. This may all be a ploy to get more people to visit YouTube.
· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 19 February 2021 19:40
I've just arranged for non-encrypted (HTTP) requests to the Strathspey sites to be redirected to HTTPS, which has been working on Strathspey for a long time but had to be addressed explicitly. I've also enabled ”HTTP Strict Transport Security” which should cause browsers to make any
http://… requests to Strathspey-hosted domains to
https://… instead without even trying HTTP in the first place, once they've accessed the site in the reasonably recent past. (For the time being the holding time for HSTS is only 10 minutes; this will be increased to six months or a year once I'm satisfied it all works, because it's a hassle to undo if anything goes wrong.) This should bring the Strathspey sites up to the standard that is expected in 2019.
Note that this does not apply to the RSCDS Vienna Branch site as for technical reasons I can't obtain an X.509 certificate which covers that site. This will hopefully be fixed in due course.
· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 6 December 2019 2:13
Happy new year! I just imported the newest set of MiniCribs (29.01) into the database. We're now up to 5137 cribs with only 34 non-matches (mostly for obscure and/or very new dances that haven't made it into the database yet), which is a new record. Thanks to everyone who is working behind the scenes to make this go smoother every single time.
· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 1 January 2019 2:59
Based on a suggestion by Murrough Landon, for dances in publications that (a) have a link to an online PDF and (b) give page numbers for the dances they contain, the database now displays direct links to the specific page of the PDF containing the dance in question. To test this, look at The Prince of Sutton Coldfield and click on the link given under “Online Sources”. At least on Chrome/Chromium and Firefox, this should open the internal PDF viewer with the actual dance (not the first page of the publication) displayed in the window.
This uses the
http://…/foo.pdf#page=X link style promulgated by Adobe, so it should theoretically work with Adobe Reader, too (I don't have Adobe Reader so can't check – let me know how you get on if you're in a position to try it). Your mileage may vary.
· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 7 October 2018 23:36