I have had these WebPages for a long, long time. Thought about creating a SiteMap many times, but never got around to it. Now I have decided that it would be good to have one. If for no other reason than to just do it. As usual, we will search the Net for ideas and info.
Now then, one thing that you need to consider is... ta, tah, tahhhh... what is it going to contain and what is it going to look like?? Well, naturally, since it is a map of your site it will contain links to, or at least a list of, your WebPages. Technically, and robustly, links to your pages would be the best. Navigation is essentially a list of places to visit on your site.
Now, if you have any knowledge of this at all, you will realize that your WebSite is nothing more than one, or more directories of HTML, PHP, CSS, etc; files on an ISP somewhere in the world. Matter of fact you may have a copy of it on your 'puter. So, this SiteMap is just going to be a Special Listing of those files and directories. That is all it is. However, you can enhance it with other information... like descriptions of what the files and directories contain. (The scanning mechanism is going to scan the files on your ISP - NOT on your PC.)
News Flash IF - only to myself. This, Vendor Prefix Lists, has all, or at least most of, the idiosyncrasies that I have been complaining about!! Wow! And All you have to do is spend hours searching the Web and you too can have this kind of information. -But- you can go nuts trying to understand it all.Top
Site Map Info
From what I have seen on the Web, a SiteMap consists of usually one page of references to areas on a particular site. The page may also contain links to external sites. These will have descriptive names, and/or, a short description. There is also, normally some kind of order to the lists.
One of the things, that many keep harping on, is that your site will get better recognition with a SiteMap. A Google XML style site map. This however, will not get you good navigation for your visitors. Well, it may if you code everything right, but an HTML version is easier to work with. So, you really want two versions. One for your visitors and one for the search engines. Sounds like a lot of work ... and it is. -But- the work can be reduced with a good Sitemap Generator. There are many available on the Web, both free and for cost.
Now then, in doing this research, I have found that for the most part, all these people are doing is placing your directories and files in Ordered Lists. Most of them are referred to as Un-Ordered Lists -but- that is only cause they do not use any kind of numbering or lettering in the lists. Most of these will have the usual:
You must learn one thing: it's NOT optional to close <li> elements (or for that matter any non-empty element) in XHTML. They ALL must have closing tags.
SiteMap Descriptions and a little Advertizement
With HTML and XML SiteMaps you can make sure Google, Yahoo, MSN Live etc. will index your entire website and speed up finding changed content.
The A1 Sitemap Generator can scan large websites, it supports a wide array of filtering options and can create many kinds of SiteMaps including urllist, HTML, RSS and XML Google sitemaps.
Free Sitemap I would call this more of a file lister than
a sitemap. However, it is free and it is another way of looking at your site content. The program is
downloadable and runs in Windows 2000 and above.
It produces a list of your files in:
Arclab Dir2HTML Arclab Dir2HTML is a directory to HTML
index converter which builds a html index file out of directory structures and files on your harddisk.
Dir2HTML supports recursive indexing, can create sub-sections for each subfolder within the index file
and link files for online and offline projects using a custom link-prefix.
A1 Sitemap Generator
I chose this SiteMap Creator because it can create both types (XML and HTML) of SiteMaps that, theoretically, I need... and I liked the way it operated. More along my ways of thought. The HTML template(s) are good and fairly complete. He uses the word 'Project', like so many others have, and I really have a hard time comprehending that. However, after looking it up and including the definition here, I guess it fits. I've just always had different ways of looking at and describing things. -But- I'm sure most of you will understand. ( And the price was/is reasonable.)
Project - Noun * S: (n) undertaking, project, task, labor (any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted) "he prepared for great undertakings" * S: (n) project, projection (a planned undertaking)
In order to use A1 Sitemap Generator, you must first download it from their site or a mirror. Microsystools Download has an excellent description of how to bring it down to your system... and install it.
Using it is another story. The ease of use will depend on your experience and understanding. It is sometimes difficult for two, or more, people to think the same way. In a class I taught on Micro Computers, I did an experiment. I requested them to turn in notes every week on what they learned. I had 15 students... and I would get 15 different versions of what I said!! Velly intelllllesting...
HTML Version I, primarily, was/am interested in the HTML version. The plans for my site got way-layed and it has become a mess. I put a Google search box in a couple of areas, but I really don't know how much that helped.\ I do believe a SiteMap, which is nothing more than a table of contents will help. No, I am not be-littling it. A SiteMap -or- a Table of Contents are both very important, especially in a deranged site like mine.
As was stated above, he has placed a fairly good HTML template in here for our use. Personally, I would have liked it IF we could have modified the template and saved it, -but- that is not the case. After conversing with him on it, and instilling a possible future mod, he told me of a work-a-round. You start with a Fresh Project and do not specify any WebPages or WebSites. Then you make the desired changes to the HTML template(s) and save them in a Model Project. Later, when you want to make a SiteMap, you first Re-Open the Model Project, then you scan your site into it, create the SiteMap and then save it under a New Project name. It works. In doing this, you will have created your own basic skeleton that you can use for all your future Projects.
You can still edit the Saved HTML sitemap file and further enhance it. Just remember, that all the changes made externally, will NOT be there IF you create a new one. Unless... you put the changes in the Template as I have done down below.Top
Some added benefits
On top of creating SiteMaps, this piece of Software can tell you a lot about your Webpages...through its 'Analyze Website' feature. Sometimes, about things that you didn't even realize were done... or there. I found tons of external links that I had totally forgotten about. Some of them were created by a copy/paste from another site or forum. If for nothing else this makes a good teacher/informer on HTML. The SiteMap just becomes a Side Benefit.
As stated in the beginning, I have had these WebPages for a long, long time. I'm sure that a number of you have had some pages for a long time. This program can help you "Clean Up" your pages. He, the author of this Generator, has some other tools that I have not yet tested -but- IF they are as good as this one, I'm sure that a number of you will use them. I'm slow and getting slower, so my analyzation(s) take a little longer.Top
Jump in with New Version 3.2.7 3.2.8 3.3.0
I am going to jump in here with this latest version as of this date
cause I have been away from it for to long and I am going to have to re-learn some of it. During
this break I had to re-do my Windows setups inside
where I am using this program. I had
the project files saved out on another drive and was able to just copy them in. Their location
for this program is:
Well, I'm jumping in again. This time to apologize to the Author. Some of the problems I had in my first use of this new version were because I used my previous Project Files. Now it is good that this program could read and use my old files -but- it is bad that I forgot what I changed. Slickmap, referenced below was used to create a Graphical SiteMap. Consequently, I had some problems because I did not have slickmap.css and it's images available for this latest version. So, before any complaints are made in the future we will check things WITHOUT our project files first.
'First Scan' needs to be clarified. It is not the first time I have scanned my WebSite -but- it is the first time with this version. The difference between my Info and the Authors is... I am recording this 'AS' I am doing it. Also in this case ... as I am re-learning it. So this will be, more or less, a step by step discription.
After copying the Project files over, I initiated a scan of my WebSite. It finished
in 1 minute and 57 seconds. When it finishes it brings you up in a version of his Website Analyzer.
This one is not as extensive as his Full Product but it gives you some important information. So, you
don't miss the important info that is presented, I suggest you read the following WebPage:
View Website Structure and Data Before Making SiteMaps
Ver 3.2.8 Ok we have a scan with the
above settings. Most, if not all of the following items were fixed in version 3.2.7.
After the Scan and before Creating the SiteMap, it is often
a good idea to optimize your website by fixing
ANY issues found during the Website Scan.
In fact it is highly recommended... by me. This will not only produce an accurate map for your
visitors to follow, but also one that you can confidently submit to search engines.
Alllrighty now. In this first scan we found some problems. First of all
the Analyze Website section has a problem with dates. It is stuck on 12/30/1899! (
Well, as it turns out, that is
NOT an error. It appears there are many different ways to obtain the Last Modified date. If this
program can not obrain one, then you get that ancient date.)
But then it helped as soon as I remembered were to look. It was reported that I had a -site- page
that was NOT FOUND. Well it shouldn't be. I don't have a page with that name!! Besides I did all this
before!! (Ooops... I made some
changes too.) Now we select the
tab and then the 'Linked by' tab at the bottom. This reported
http://www.trcompu.com/MySnippets.html as the
culprit. Those shouldn't even be up on my site. They are just 'Editing Shortcuts' that I use when
building my WebPages. We'll remove it and try again.
Yep. Removing 'MySnippets.html' fixed that problem. Course it is later in the day and the Net is busier. Took 2 minutes and 6 seconds this time. So, remember that your scan speed will depend on the time of day. I also realized that they were examples that I was pointing to from another Page, and have since made changes. Caught again!
Date Problem We still have a date problem -even- though
he had an explanation for it. Obtaining the last modified date should NOT be a problem. I do it on
my Web Pages at the bottom. My ISP is providing that info. -But- we will let that one go, cause I don't
need it and I am not going to use it in my SiteMap.
Next we have an entry of C:\!! Hmmmm... now where in the
heck did that come from?? Once again we go to the
tab. This time none of them had any information until the 'Directory Summary' tab.
It contained the following:
Ok now. Once again A1 Sitemap Generator has caught me. The C:\ had nothing to do with the way I was using the program. I was working on a program for a client who specializes in removing bugs... real bugs, creepy, crawly things. This has to be co-ordinated heavily with the State Government people. CompuTAR, a program from the State, was used to do it. It was interactive with the PC and needed to access the hard disc on this persons PC. The C:\ that was complained about was/is classified as a Folder -and- CompuTAR was underneath it. I am finished with that project and needless to say we will remove it. Well, this gets even more involved. Got a whole directory that shouldn't be there anymore. Once again Sitemap Generator has helped me clean up. Like I said before, it is one of the bennies of this program. Besides that you get a SiteMap!!
Ok. Another scan and we'll see what else I got ... that I shouldn't. Hmmm...
It is Saturday around 11:40am and the scan time increased to 2 minutes 35 seconds.
(have to try another one of my
2:00am to 3:00am stints and check the time) Allllrighty. The first item showing this time is
the same one I had troubles with in previous excursions. 'Glossary.html' Well let's check it. Again
tab is clicked and then we look at the bottom tabs. 'Linked by' shows:
Well, the next item is strange. It is 'MySnippets.html' again. But how?? I removed it! Well, as it turns out, there are still some places referencing it. Two of them are the SiteMaps previously created with 'MySnippets.html' in them. We will dump those old maps. The other reference is from a file covering an older version of openSuSE, version 11.1. Oooops, can not just dump the SiteMaps cause they are referenced from other files. Ok. We have to edit all 3 files. Done.
Next on the list is 'go.php?id=723' in 'Computers/LinNotes/LinCompile.html'. Upon examination we find that a 'cut and paste' has bit us again. Didn't get the full address of the external reference. Fixed.
We find an 'index.html' that is being referenced from down deep in an Oracle directory. Not a DB, but just information. Once again I don't know why I have this info up on my WebSite. Removed.
Had a copy of my bookmarks.html up on the WebSite. Caused problems with its references. Removed them. Well, then had problems from the places where they were referenced!! Fixed them.
Ok now, we have gotten rid of all the 's. Now all we have to do is get rid of all the 's. Don't know how, or understand why, I got all those -but- as can be seen by the previous exercises we do make mistakes and this Sitemap Generator can help immensely on the find and fix it part.
Well, I guess I was calling some of those items, that I thought were just for information. That's what some of these are. Others are just reference errors. Lack of a complete address or to much of one. ( This was some editing in my HTML files. In other words I had to fix some things.)
Ok. Finally, we have a good scan, except for the password protected areas. Now I contacted the Author about this and I have not read all the info that he pointed me to... yet. But these password protected areas can be handled. Even so, I'm not interested in them being in my map at this time anyway. They are both Private areas.
Create a Map
Allllrighty now. Here we are at the point to accomplish what all this was/is about in the first place. Creating a SiteMap.
As you can see, read, from the above, you need to fix a lot of things BEFORE you can create a useful SiteMap. In other words, your Web Pages need to follow a set of rules. (Which keep changing... but then that is another story.)
Now, once we have this 'clean' scan, we can create a reasonable SiteMap of our Site. The scan is used to 'find' all of our WebPages.
We next choose, or click on, 'Create Sitemap'.
Inside this presentation, you will find a number of options:
(Tabs across the top.)
Sitemap Generator 3.3.0
Well, I am still not happy with the Slickmap generated by this system. The top level directories are supposed to be the same level and color as the Index file which is referenced by your IP address. Sitemap Generator is putting in extra <li> and <ul> combos that throw the sequence off by one. It is OK for his original Textual Sitemaps -but- not for Slickmap ones. Soooo... we need to analyze this and see IF we can come up with a fix. Now what makes this really tuff is that we do not have the source code for Sitemap Generator. Maybe, maybe we can come up with some ideas and suggest them to the Author.
Analyzation: Discussion will be above and below the following two boxes. I would like to keep them close so the items of importance can be seen. Now, obviously I have NOT included the whole output of A1SG for a Sitemap. Only the important parts that are in "question". The Author has graciously included the Original Slickmap Info. It can be found in the area of Documents and Settings that your Sitemap is created.
The items of concern are marked in Red in the first box. They are the ones causing the "problem". They need to be removed so that the Directories and files that are the same level as the Home page can get the correct color. Again, the question is how to do it without the source code. So far, it has been to Manually Edit the Sitemap file AFTER A1SG has created the map. Since the Author has included the CSS code at the top of the HTML Sitemap it makes it a little difficult to make changes. Therefore, we will remove the CSS code from the top and include our own file.
This is important. It would help greatly IF you have an Editor that will
match the open and close tags. I use Homesite+ -but- it is no longer available. In searching the Web there are a number
of Editors both -free- and for cost that claim to do tag matching. Just search for:
<div> <ul id="primaryNav"> <li id="home"><b><a href="www.trcompu.com/">TRComputing - PC tutoring or repair in your home.</a></b> <p> </li> <li>--- <ul>--- <li><b><a href="www.trcompu.com/ActionPages/">Index of /ActionPages</a></b> <ul> <li><a href="www.trcompu.com/ActionPages/ActionPage1.html">Action Pages 1</a></li> <li><a href="www.trcompu.com/ActionPages/ActionPage2.html">Action Pages 2</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href="www.trcompu.com/Computers/Hardware/MemoryTypes.html">Memory Info</a></li> <li><b><a href="www.trcompu.com/BuildingASite/">Index of /BuildingASite</a></b> <ul> <li><a href="www.trcompu.com/BuildingASite/Building1.html">TRComputing - Building a WebSite 1</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul>--- </li>--- </ul> </div>
<div> <ul id="primaryNav"> <li id="home"><b><a href="http://www.trcompu.com/">TRComputing - PC tutoring or repair in your home.</a></b> <p></p> </li> <li><b><a href="http://www.trcompu.com/ActionPages/">Index of /ActionPages</a></b> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.trcompu.com/ActionPages/ActionPage1.html">Action Pages 1</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.trcompu.com/ActionPages/ActionPage2.html">Action Pages 2</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href="http://www.trcompu.com/Textual-sitemap.html">Sitemap</a></li> <li><b><a href="http://www.trcompu.com/BuildingASite/">Index of /BuildingASite</a></b> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.trcompu.com/BuildingASite/Building1.html">TRComputing - Building a WebSite 1</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> </div>
Now then, the other reason I wanted to include my own CSS file is cause I increased the number of levels from 3 to 5. See I want More below.
Ok. Back to the Level fix. Turns out we can do it trickily. The <li> and <ul> combos in question, as it turns out, are used as the columnizers. Soooo... we can leave that idea in and make a minor change in our CSS file. After all, HTML is for structing and CSS is for displaying. Home is coming out correctly and we will leave it alone. Level one is Blue and we will leave it alone even though it really does nothing. Well that's not true. It columizes the output. However, we will change the others and add one more level. Level One is actually blank in this case. Level Two will be changed to Blue and pretend that it is level One. Level Three will be changed and pretend it is Two and so on. In other words, all the Levels are being moved down one.
Allllrighty now. From this point on down is from my experiences with versions 2.x and the early 3.x. Why mention this here?? Cause I am experiencing some problems with the latest version. I copied over my Project files from before -and- they may be the problem. Before we start from scratch we will try to fix the current state with the old files. Which may be above and in a different color.
Praises and Minor Complaints
Now you know that neither I, nor you, can use anything without some minor, or major, complaints. Well, I've already mentioned my first one and I have a second one. So, we'll start a list here. In fact we'll start two. One for Praise and one for Complaints.
The above lists were created using CSS div's with the left and right floating parameters. This shows my, and others, complaints about MSIE. I had to change the width parameter to a smaller value in order to get them to stay side-by-side in MSIE. I wanted them 49% each and had to settle with 48% each. This causes them to have a wider separation in the other browsers, such a Firefox. Now I must say, before anyone says I'm full of it, that some of the "Other" Browsers also break the rules in CSS. It's just that MSIE seems to want to do their own thing all the time. You'd think that they started this whole business in the first place.
Found the explanation of those little graphic boogers that I complained about above.ok : Server response 200 - OK.
error : Server error response code, e.g. 404 - Not Found.
unknown : Server HTTP response code never checked or unknown.
This is a Graphical SiteMap comprised of some 'slick' (pun intended) CSS coding. What my hopes and plans are... is that I will be able to combine the two, Sitemap Generator and Slick Map to get really nice HTML Text and HTML Graphic sitemaps.
Browsers and CSS Now the biggest problem is the organization, or lack of it, of my site. The second biggest problem is the way some of the browsers "misinterpret" CSS. The main one that comes to mind is MSIE. (IE ver 6 in particular!!) I have my biggest problems with it and that is also where the author of Slickmap had his most problems. -But- we shall try. PIE might be the proper answer. PIE Ref
As mentioned down below, I have increased the number of levels that are shown with SlickMap. It makes my SiteMap look a lot better. There is still some minor editing required unless, or until, the A1SG program is changed -OR- I figure out a way to do in CSS. Please see the info at the Bottom of this page.Top
Combining the two
A1 Sitemap Generator uses an HTML table to create the columns on the map. It appears that there will be two rows and then the columns are the data cells in the second row. The first row will span the cells and be the Main heading. The cells will also have a heading which will be the name of one of the top directories. Under it comes the files and possibly more sub-dirs. And this can, and does, go on and on down through all the code.
My first SiteMap created with A1 Sitemap Generator, was composed of two colums. The example Slickmap has four main columns. Both claim to be able to do more columns and in looking over the code, yes they can. The trick here is ... where to break for the columns??? Doing it manually is one thing, but automagically... and for a rash range of sites... is another. Then there is the problem, discussed and demonstrated on this very page, of the numeric calculations. Not all (the Browsers) agree on it either. So, we will try to accomodate all, -but- mainly my favorite... Firefox.
Let's start this by trying to figure out where to "break" the columns.
Ok, in A1 Sitemap Generator we have UL's inside UL's where the first one creates the reference to
the main area and the one, or ones, inside reference the files or a further down UL to another sub-dir.
The top Reference is to the index file. The start of your site... also known as 'home'
href=www.trcompu.com [TRComputing] index.html -or- index.php
As stated above, the first item is your Main File, index.html -or- index.php, or whatever applies. It is the first file that is accessed when you, or someone, types your WebSite Address into the address bar of the Browser being used. From there, there are 'access points' to the areas of your WebSite. In A1 Sitemap Generator the default is to sort the items Alphabetically. There is an option to sort by importance. -But- for my site I didn't really see any difference... at least in the HTML map. Hmmmmm... guess what?? I just read in the Help Guide that the Alphabetic way is the only way for the HTML map. Ok. So, anyway, where do we get the count for the column break??Top
Enough already --- Just do it!!
Ok. We need to stop fooling around and do something. As an experiment, I first stuck
Ah, But a Browser diff Right Off. Without the images dir present, the boxes had no lines to connect them, -and- in Firefox the corners were rounded, but in MSIE the corners were square. Bring in the images dir and we get some nice lines in Firefox, but they are blobs in MSIE.
Ok now, let's get serious. The original A1 Sitemap Generator was using a Table with rows
and cells to get the columns. We are going to use CSS instead. Thought I knew something about this CSS
stuff -but- this is a little over my head. We are going to change that!!
We need to know and remember:
Now then, we have a couple, or more, problems here. NOT ALL Browsers interpret the
CSS rules the same -and- there are three versions of CSS:
CSS-1, CSS-2 and the up and comming CSS-3.
We have the problem of Internet Explorer's difficulty in rounding numbers, you may find the farthest
right column drops down instead of appearing in line. If need be, you can resolve this issue by
adjusting the CSS to use a slightly smaller percentage than what you really need,
Now then, in a Net search I found John Resig's
Web Page with some very interesting information. In short, Both Opera
and Safari round down,
Internet Explorer 6 and 7 round up and
Firefox is somewhere in between. -But- even though you are told
differently, the "exact" behavior of the browsers can vary. I can not stress this enough.
The reasons for these differences stem from the Browser Wars, sloppiness and just flat out making
their/your own rules. In the beginning I tried to comply to all the proper rules -but- I do believe that
I broke some, partially cause of not paying attention and partially cause of not knowing.
And they have changed.
Now then, via reading and researching I tried using:
Problem 1 In the slickmap.css file, the 4 column style uses 25% of 100%. I.E. rounded this up and made the last column drop off. Had to change it to 23.9% in order to get it to fit. I am investigating how to conditionally detect, fix... this.
Problem 2 The lines are png (Portable Network Graphics) images
with "transparent" backgrounds 'which' apparently does not work in I.E. So, we need to look into
that also. May have to change them to gifs.
Problem 3 When I changed the lines from png to
gif it caused the colors in the boxes to go away!! Change back to png
and the coloring comes back!! Sometimes I hate computers!!!!!!
Problem 4 There is a difference between Firefox version 3.5 and 3.6!!! And that is on my home page ... not counting the SiteMap!Top
Allrighty now. We need to make some changes to the "default" HTML Template code. Now it is fine for just the textual mode -but- IF we want some kind of graphics mode, then we are gona have to make some changes.
Note: These changes are specific to A1 Sitemap Generator for use within slickmap. This will require the slickmap.css file. In addition, the images dir that goes with SlickMap will need to be present. IF you are using I.E. ver 6 you will have to either convert the images from png to gif, or download them in gif format from somewhere... possibly here if I can get all this straight and accomplished. It is necessary for the images dir to be in the same dir as the SiteMap -or- you have to edit the slickmap.css file and change the location path.
The code marked as Yellow with a line-through is the default code that will get deleted. The code maked in Red will get added -or- is retained. IF you are copying this, make sure you look close. A couple of the changes are very subtle and possibly easy to miss.
The "extra" long comment lines around the body tags are not really necessary for the proper operation. Just my own personal thing I do.
I got un-happy with the results of my Slickmapping.
So, I searched the Web for some more information. I found this:
<ul id="primaryNav"> <li id='home'><a href='/'>Home</a></li> <li id="stay"><a href="/p/stay">STAY</a> <ul> <li><a href='/pages/stay/Taos-Ski-Valley'>Taos Ski Valley Lodging</a> <ul> <li><a href='/pages/Taos-Ski-Valley/Taos-Ski-Valley-Hotels'>Hotels</a></li> <li><a href='/pages/Taos-Ski-Valley/Condominiums'>Condominiums</a></li> <li><a href='/pages/Taos-Ski-Valley/Bed-Breakfast'>Bed & Breakfast</a></li> <li><a href='/pages/Taos-Ski-Valley/Vacation-Rental'>Vacation Rentals</a></li> <li><a href='/pages/Taos-Ski-Valley/Reservation-Companies-TSV'>Reservation Companies</a></li> <li><a href='/pages/Taos-Ski-Valley/Necessities-and-Luxuries'>Necessities and Luxuries</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href='/pages/stay/Arroyo-Seco'>Arroyo Seco (8 miles from the ski valley)</a> <ul> <li><a href='/pages/Arroyo-Seco/Bed-and-Breakfast'>Bed and Breakfast</a></li> <li><a href='/pages/Arroyo-Seco/Casitas-Home-Rentals-and-Condos'>Casitas, Home Rentals and Condos</a></li> <li><a href='/pages/Arroyo-Seco/Youth-Hostel'>Youth Hostel</a></li> </ul> </li>
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More... I want more...
Isn't that the way we always are?? I have used these two together and co-ordinated with the Author of A1 Sitemap Generator to get SlickMap CSS included with his A1SG. He did a good job of including it. Instead of having a separate CSS file that you had to keep track of, he inserted into the head of the HTML SiteMap template. Good idea. The only catch is, now you still have to keep track of the images dir. At last talk I do believe he is going to change the name of the dir so that there won't be any conflicts IF and WHEN you have to move it.
Now then, what about this "I want more"?? Well, SlickMap only goes 3 levels down. On top of that I only get one Blue Box ( and I like Blue!!). I have a public_html directory with an index.php for the starting file. At that "same" level I have a number of other dirs -but- they are not counted as Blue but as Green. Now as noted above, these maps are created from a "ul" (Unordered List).
We have it!! Wanted, and got. I modified the slickmap.css file to include to more levels. It will now handle Five(5). Made the Fourth Level Pink and the Fifth Level a Light Blue. The 'Fix' to get things at the correct levels is to remove the initial <li> <ul> and their counter </ul></li> end tags -AND- all the others at that level. IF you examine the A1SG produced SiteMap carefully they are easy to find. This will have to be the way until I -or- we can come up with an automatic solution. I do not have access to the code so I can not change it. The 'initial' <li> can be removed from the template -BUT- because of the way the dir's are handled they become a problem.
Hold On!!! We have pulled our head out and came up with
a fix. A1SG is using the First Level to create Columns. The 'extra' <li> <ul>
are technically 'empty' -but- they create the columns. So the change will be this:
I think it only fair to inform all readers of the System Environment this Operating System is being placed on / worked with / worked on. Different strokes for different folks. You may not experience the same successes, or failures, as I do because of different hardware.