Just in case you're interested, here are some more pictures of the Rackshack transformer explosion.  You can see the actual fried equipment.  Neat!

I spent a good deal of time last night trying to figure out how to enable Perl on Midnight Circus.  For whatever reason (most likely chown permissions on the dedicated IP), they're not working.  This makes it rather difficult to put the scripts that I'm working on in class online.  But who needs a guestbook, anyway?

Regardless, I have managed to install the guestbook script to Asymptomatic, and it seems to work.  Thanks to Professor Johnston over at WCU for the Perl script.  I have no idea how Perl works and I'm teetering on the edge of wanting to know.  Maybe when I have more time to dedicate to it.

Anyway, here's the form we had to design in class:

Sign My Guestbook



Here are some notes about this form that may be of interest (or not).  First, we're using XHTML Strict in class, and not Transitional.  That's fine, but it requires that you use the <fieldset> tag inside of form.  That is, it's illegal to put an <input> tag directly inside of a <form> tag.  What a bother that is, because you get that ugly line around everything.  I wonder what the point of fieldset is, anyway.

But all is well because LTS knows the difference between Strict and Transitional.

I've had to mangle the form a little to make it work, and of course, the PageCat editor has also had its way with it, so I don't know if it will actually work.  The result page is exactly as described in the script, so the field titles don't exactly match.  But this is just en exercise.  Enjoy!

Also, if you care, here is my revision of the table exercise we did in class. It is based on this page, but there are some differences in the tables. Basically, we were given this text file and told to make it look like a printout that we were given in class. Actually, the printout that we were working from seemed to have been designed in Word, which is odd because there are things that you can do in Word with table borders that are very difficult to replicate using a non-WYSIWYG editor, especially when you haven't learned anything about styles yet. Anyway, I added some of those features to my page so that my output should look very neary exactly like the printout. Whee!