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
I've been spending lot of time entering in old ball programs from the Delaware Valley RSCDS (from the late 80s, 90s and early 2000s) lately, and it got me thinking…
What are the dances that appear most frequently in the dance lists on this site? In other words, what are the most popular dances? So I wrote a little script to look and see. Here are the 100 most 'Popular' dances. (The number before the dance is the number of lists the dance is in)
· · Posted by Andy Peterson · 3 April 2018 4:55