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"The student is half afraid to meet one of the great philosophers face to face. He feels himself inadequate and thinks he will not understand him. But if he only knew, the great man, just because of his greatness, is much more intelligible than his modern commentator. The simplest student will be able to understand, if not all, yet a very great deal of what Plato said; but hardly anyone can understand some modern books on Platonism." - C.S. Lewis, On the Reading of Old Books

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Major Site Redesign - Phase II In Progress

Phase II of the site redesign - updating the site for better display on mobile devices - is now underway. If you access the site on a mobile device, or resize your browser to less than 900 pixels wide, you will see the main content expanded to fill most of the screen and no index visible. The index can be retrieved with a "Show Index" tab on the left edge, and re-hidden using a "Hide Index" tab at the top of the index.

I've tested the changes using my Android tablet with Opera, Firefox, and Chrome browsers. I don't have a smartphone or any Apple devices to test with, though, so if you access the site on an iPad or a smartphone and see any issues, please let me know about them so I can try to get them resolved.

The next part of Phase II is to separate the author information from the links for each work. So, the page for each author will contain a list of the author's works which are indexed on the site, along with basic information about the author and links to general information. The links to etexts and texts for purchase will be moved to their own, individual pages, instead of being crammed together on one page (this isn't a problem for, say, Tyrtaeus, but for Plato and Aristotle the pages get pretty long). You will probably see this change occur a few authors at a time.

UPDATE: This part may require a more in-depth redesign than I was originally planning and may not be completed until late 2018 or even later.

If you missed the initial announcement, the major changes in Phase I (now completed) were:

  • Index type, language of text, and reading list are now selected from dropdown menus instead of by links in the header
  • The menu block in the top right no longer lists webrings or options for navigation (both had been disabled anyway)
  • A couple of the URL parameters have changed (but don't worry - links and bookmarks using the old format will still work)

After Phase II, Phase III will involve changes intended to make the site easier for me to maintain and update in the future. These changes should be fairly transparent to visitors (except that the presentation of content will become more uniform), so I likely won't be announcing the start or completion of them.


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Godot, Waiting for
Wahrheit, Dichtung und
Waiting for Godot
Wake, Finnegans
Walden
Walking
War, The African
War, The Alexandrian
War, The Art of
War, The Gallic
War, History of the Peloponnesian
War, History of the Persian
War, The Jewish
War, On
War, Principles of
War, The Spanish
War?; Why
War and Death, Thoughts for the Times on
War and Peace
War of the Worlds, The
Ward, Cancer
Wars, The Civil
Washington Square
Wasps, The
Waste Land, The
Waters, and Places; On Airs,
Way of Perfection, The
Way of the World, The
Way to Write History, The
Wealth (Aristophanes)
Wealth of Nations, The
Weight of the Mass of the Air, Treatises on the Equilibrium of Liquids and on the
Werther, Sorrows of the Young
What is Art?
What Men Live By
What You Will (or, Twelfth Night)
Where is Science Going?
White Fang
Why War?
Wild, Call of the
Wild Duck, The
"Wild" Psychoanalysis, Observations on
Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship
Will, Concerning the Bondage of the
Will, Habits and
Will to Power, The
William Shakespeare, The Plays of (Johnson)
Windsor, The Merry Wives of
Wings of the Dove, The
Winter of our Discontent
Winter's Tale, The
Wishes, The Vanity of Human
Wives, The School for
Wives of Windsor, The Merry
Wizard of Oz, The
Woman of No Importance, A
Women, The Education of
Women, Little
Women, The Phoenician
Women, The Subjection of
Women, The Trojan
Women of Trachis, The
Wonderland, Alice's Adventures in
Works and Days, The
World, Brave New
World, Concerning the Harmonies of the
World, Our Knowledge of the External
World, The Way of the
Worlds, The War of the
Write History, The Way to
Writings (Irenaeus)
Writings (Martyr)
Writings (Tertullian)
Wuthering Heights
Yankee in King Arthur's Court, A Connecticut
Years of Solitude, One Hundred
Yoga Sutras, The
Young Man, A Portrait of the Artist as a
Young Poet, A Letter of Advice to a
Youth and Old Age, On Life and Death, On Breathing; On
Zadig
Zarathustra, Thus Spake
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