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The Harper’s web site gets the Ftrain treatment

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 01, 2003

The Harper’s web site gets the Ftrain treatment.

Reader comments

Liz LawleyDec 01, 2003 at 11:48AM

Wow. I sure hope Paul had some hand in that. If not, it’s a pretty egregious theft of design.

jkottkeDec 01, 2003 at 11:53AM

It’s Paul’s work on the front-end and the back-end. I was surprised to see the design resemble that of Ftrain, tho…perhaps they wanted to get the tech in place and worry about the design a little later.

JoergDec 01, 2003 at 1:09PM

He does have a fascinating engine running his site.

RyanDec 01, 2003 at 1:11PM

And uniquely suited to content like harper’s, I’ve been bouncing around for an hour now.

Paul FordDec 01, 2003 at 1:13PM

Actually, Ftrain looks like Harper’s, not the other way around. I’ve been testing the design ideas I came up with for Harper’s on Ftrain (great way to find out ahead of time which JavaScript is broken in IE 5.0.2.3.4.5.3.2.567.4.3.3). Now, Harper’s will keep its look and feel, at least for a while, and Ftrain will change at my whim.

terrenceDec 01, 2003 at 1:31PM

ok, maybe it’s just me, but under camino .7 on OSX10.2.8 at www.harpers.org, i get the old design. at just harpers.org i get the new look. what do you think?

Paul FordDec 01, 2003 at 2:18PM

Terrence: we just tranferred our hosting provider. It can take a day or two.

Matt HaugheyDec 01, 2003 at 2:30PM

So does this mean Harpers benefits from all the RDF categorization, taxonomy, and skullduggery that ftrain features? Will there be new features taking advantage of it (or are they already there?)?

Paul FordDec 01, 2003 at 2:54PM

Matt: http://www.harpers.org/Connections.html is the taxonomy. It’s MUCH bigger than Ftrain’s, maybe 500 topics.

davidDec 01, 2003 at 3:35PM

Damnit Paul, you really need to release the Ftrain sitekit. Pretty please?

Paul FordDec 01, 2003 at 4:05PM

It’ll be a little while, but that’s definitely the plan. Let me have some lead time!

Josh RothmanDec 02, 2003 at 8:27AM

Paul, you and Harper’s together is the best thing on the internet all year. Please let me second the vote for the Ftrain sitekit—it’s amazing stuff! Every time I start to write for my personal site I think, “If only I could make it like Paul Ford’s….”

greg.orgDec 02, 2003 at 7:45PM

Add my please on the site kit, please.

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