VChecks: Form checkboxes as they really should be

I quite like this little jQuery plugin that someone has written to make checkboxes look nicer. Just some included files and a line of Javascript: it’s a practically instant improvement. It seems like it would degrade gracefully. The only oddness is that the state doesn’t change when I click directly on the image.


Valid HTML? Shocking statistics!

14 October 2008: Open Access Day

October 14, 2008 will be the world’s first Open Access Day.

The founding partners are SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Students for FreeCulture, and the Public Library of Science.

Open Access Day will help to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access, including recent mandates and emerging policies, within the international higher education community and the general public.


I came across this video on vimeo, and a link to the mozillalabs site…. Looks interesting!

A man, a plan, a cat, a ham, a yak, a yam, a hat, a canal — Panama!

Hello! I’ve been invited to this blog by the very shiny Martin Poulter, to discuss, vent, rant or inform on some of the interesting and amusing technologies that I use on a day to day basis.

In reality, I’m Gaby Vanhegan, sysadmin for the Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies, based in Leeds, currently building their brand new website and CMS, as well as running their existing web services, hosting plaform and email.

What do I like? I like design patterns, flexible data interchange formats, MVC structures, regex patterns and using the right tool for the job. I don’t like enormous DTD’s, the idea that one size fits all, cold weather, and having to manually populate metadata fields.

Pictures available on request.