McKinney Boyd HS Website Redesign – part 2

Website screenshot

Snapshot of the website main page as of February 10, 2016 at 11:48pm CST.

Following the developments of the previous blog post, Justin continued to work with us on finalizing his initial design in HTML. I was able to integrate the previous “JS template transclusion” idea into the website, while Justin pointed out to me that document.write(“) would suffice for multiple lines at once.

Furthermore, the old navbar has now been (unceremoniously) placed into the new website. Currently, we are stuck on moving the search bar and Quick Links to the top bar with everything else. In addition, the logo placement is a little quirky and could be fixed.

Work is now being done by the majority of the Computer Science 3 class at Boyd. Our main goals will be to create designs for the header, a uniform template for each page, and to create some of the code-needy features of our website, like a searchable teacher directory.

Our lead designer, Andrew Oakes, has proposed several new ways to design the website, all of which the dev team will take into consideration, especially concerning the header/navbar and the revamped directory.

Google Chrome vs. Mozilla Firefox – Which one is better for the user, overall?

Disclaimer: This isn’t a post about speed tests. It’s mainly about accessibility.


To be honest, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are all great browsers, no joke. However, it’s hard to say which is better; Firefox has typically been the stronger one, and now it’s Chrome that took the throne. I originally used AOL, but then, learning from the norm, Internet Explorer 6. Well, when I found out about Firefox, I forgot about MSIE . (MSIE is an abbreviation for Microsoft Internet Explorer, now rebranded Windows Internet Explorer. No wonder its market share is lower. I don’t use the abbriviation WIE because it’s not the norm, and it doesn’t look like the norm.) But then, I was introduced to Chrome, when it was just released.

It’s not like Chrome 20; it sucked badly. Chrome 1 always crashed, so I said to myself, “Forget about Chrome, let’s go back to Firefox”. I’ve always been loyal to Firefox since 3.0. Now, it’s already Firefox 14 (albeit its switch to a new speedy versioning system), and it looks like Chrome is very good, as it is literally the new champion – MSIE is no more. Chrome’s market share is now dominant, and there appears to be a consensus, no joke.

Firefox is a great browser, no kidding. It has many add-ons and it’s very customizable. It’s synchronizable, but it’s not connected to anything else than Firefox (and quite possibly Thunderbird; except I don’t use it!).

But Chrome is different. It’s synced, and since I use Google’s services commonly, especially Gmail, it is a great browser for me. It has an app store, and it’s definitely synced with Google Play. I don’t have an Android, but I do use Google Drive. Drive looks promising and beats DropBox ferociously. Good thing I didn’t download it yet.

Microsoft has Bing and its services, but it fails to sync anything, even with MSIE 10. Wait, what? Microsoft has Windows Live and yet it still fails to realize that its preloaded desktop applications won’t work, it’s the BROWSER they have to dig into.

Besides, I’m using (a) Mac (OS X) right now, and IE isn’t cross-platform (anymore); it’s only for Windows. That’s why it fails.

Safari is more interconnected with the OS mainly if you’re using a Mac AND it’s OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). That can’t do well – Safari’s Windows version obviously fails. Opera isn’t even NEAR Chrome, so it might as well shut down and join Chrome or Firefox.

Poor Firefox. I hope it won’t end like Netscape.