Website Updates
2009

Dec 4, 2009
This update consists of another database update. Countries from P to S have been updated with Michel catalog values and numbers. I have still not completed the work on the Postal Stationary lists since all of my efforts are focused on update the listings with Michel values and catalog numbers. This will continue to be my focus for the forseeable future.


Nov 13, 2009
This update consists of another database update. Countries from M to O have been updated with Michel catalog values and numbers. I have still not completed the work on the Postal Stationary lists since all of my efforts are focused on update the listings with Michel values and catalog numbers. This will continue to be my focus for the forseeable future.


Oct 30, 2009
This update consists of another database update. Countries from K to L have been updated with Michel catalog values and numbers. I have still not completed the work on the Postal Stationary lists since all of my efforts are focused on update the listings with Michel values and catalog numbers. This will continue to be my focus for the forseeable future.


Oct 16, 2009
This update consists of another database update. Countries from H to J have been updated with Michel catalog values and numbers. Several new listings have been added, particularly in Ivory Coast. I have still not completed the work on the Postal Stationary lists since most of my efforts are focused on update the listings with Michel values and catalog numbers. This will continue to be my focus for the forseeable future.


Sep 11, 2009
This update consists of another database update. Countries from E to G have been updated with Michel catalog values and numbers. Several new listings have been added, particularly in Guinea and Guinea-Bissau. I have still not completed the work on the Postal Stationary lists since most of my efforts are focused on update the listings with Michel values and catalog numbers. This will continue to be my focus for the forseeable future.


Aug 24, 2009
This update consists of another database update with lots of news to report. Countries from B to D have been updated with Michel catalog values and numbers. Several new listings have been added and a few removed after having received emails that they did not relate to the topic of soccer. I have not completed the work on the Postal Stationary lists since most of my efforts are focused on update the listings with Michel values and catalog numbers. This will be my focus for the forseeable future.


May 15, 2009
This update relates primarily to the GUI interface on the List page and Stamp page. In the past, when a search returned a large number of records, it could take a while to scroll through to the pages at the end of the search. I've implemented a javascript scrollbar on the List page which enables a rapid selection of jumping to a particular page via scrolling, clicking, or typing in the page number. The javascript takes a little while to load (longer than I like) but is not required for the use of the page. A smaller list of page links is present for for direct linking as well. Additionally, I thought that the Save Checklist box was not easily viewable, so I moved it to the upper right corner and put a nice blue background on it.

Lots of changes have been made to the Stamp page. All of the stamp information that was on the left beside the image has been reorganized and consolidated. The catalog information is located on the upper left of the page, the page scrolling is now in the middle under the stamp heading and the value and scarcity rating is now in a box on the upper right. The remaining information has been consolidated into two or three sentences above the image. If there are additional notes or errors on the stamps, they will appear below the sentences. Moving things around has allowed the more important information to be seen more easily and more of the image to be "above the fold". I think that the page also looks cleaner. The reorganization of the page was a necessary step for the future addition of the Postal stationary and Cancel lists as well.

I have worked a little on the Postal Stationary list and may have it completed in time for the next update. There is no single source for Postal Stationary information so the list will be a work in progress. Much of the list will be from my personal collection or will be information I've collected from different sources. The effort to update the Michel values and numbers is also continuing.

For the forseeable future, my efforts will continue to be focused on updating the database with Michel catalog numbers and values and on creating a comprehensive list of postal stationary, postal cards, and aerograms. This will be a work in progress beginning with the items in my collection and will be added to as I see or am made aware of additional items.


Apr 22, 2009
This week consists of another database update with lots of news to report. All countries now have had searchable keywords added to most of the listings. This should provide a better consistency on searches. All countries have had values and Scott numbers updated through at least 2007. I have now begun this process with the Michel numbers and values. All of the countries beginning with A have been updated, most with records through mid 2008. Over the past month, each stamp in my collection was examined to see if any additional designer or printer information was printed on the stamps. Quite a few issues have been updated with the information I found. All the fields on the database have been standardized to some extent. There are still a few sporadic records with certain pieces of information that I should be able to locate. These records will be updated as I locate the information.

For the forseeable future, my efforts will continue to be focused on updating the database with Michel catalog numbers and values. The creation of comprehensive list of postal stationary, postal cards, and aerograms, is also high on the list. This will be a work in progress beginning with the items in my collection and will be added to as I see or am made aware of additional items. The modification of the Stamp and List pages will probably be made in the near future as well.


Mar 27, 2009
This week consists of another database update. Countries beginning with U through X have had searchable keywords added to most of the listings. This should provide a better consistency on searches. Countries beginning with T through Z have had values and the Scott numbers updated through 2007. This completes the updating of values and catalog numbers for all countries. I anticipate that I will finish the addition of keywords by the next update since I only have Y and Z countries left to do. There will still be records on the database that don't yet have keywords associated with them because I have have not been able to visually inspect the scans or the issues themselves. catalog numbers and values.

Once the keyword addition has been completed, my focus will shift towards other areas of the website. Some of the items on that list include 1) create a comprehensive list of postal stationary, postal cards, and aerograms, 2) modify the stamp and list page to accomodate cancels and postal stationary, 3) update the Michel catalog numbers, and 4) scan in newly acquired issues. I will be focusing on #1 and #2 in the near future. The scanning in of newly acquired issues has been temporarily put on hold pending the rewrite of the Stamp page. Some of the ideas I have for modifying the page may entail rescanning large portions of my collection which could take quite some time.


Mar 6, 2009
This week consists of another database update. Countries beginning with T have had searchable keywords added to most of the listings. This should provide a better consistency on searches. Countries beginning with S have had values and the Scott numbers updated through 2007. I anticipate that within the next couple of updates I will have added keywords to the remainder of the records on the database. There will still be records on the database that don't yet have keywords associated with them. In order to add keywords, each item or scan was visually inspected. By that point, I should also have completed the updates of the Scott pick out all the elements then the keywords were added. For the scans were not clear enough to pick out some the the catalog numbers and values.


Feb 27, 2009
This week consists of another database update. Countries beginning with S have had searchable keywords added to most of the listings. This should provide a better consistency on searches. Countries from P to R have had values and the Scott numbers updated through 2007. I anticipate that within the next couple of updates I will have added keywords to the remainder of the records on the database. There will still be records on the database that don't yet have keywords associated with them. In order to add keywords, each item or scan was visually inspected. By that point, I should also have completed the updates of the Scott pick out all the elements then the keywords were added. For the scans were not clear enough to pick out some the the catalog numbers and values.


Feb 6, 2009
This week consists of another database update. Countries beginning with S have had searchable keywords added to most of the listings. This should provide a better consistency on searches. Countries from M to O have had values and the Scott numbers updated through 2007. I anticipate that within the next couple of updates I will have added keywords to the remainder of the records on the database. There will still be records on the database that don't yet have keywords associated with them. In order to add keywords, each item or scan was visually inspected. If the item was in my collection or the scans were good enough to pick out all the elements then the keywords were added. For the scans were not clear enough to pick out some the the details such as the names of the players that were depicted and for the items which I have never seen, keywords have not yet been added.


Jan 30, 2009
This week brings us another database update. Countries beginning with R have had searchable keywords added to most of the listings. This should provide a better consistency on searches. Countries from J to L have had values and the Scott numbers updated through 2007. As of this update there are approximately 1400 records remaining that need searchable keywords added.


Jan 23, 2009
This week brings us another database update. Countries from N to Q have had searchable keywords added to most of the listings. This should provide a better consistency on searches. Countries from H to I have had values updated and the Scott numbers updated through 2007. As of this update there are approximately 1600 records remaining that need searchable keywords added.


Jan 16, 2009
This week brings us another database update. Countries from L to M have had searchable keywords added to most of the listings. Countries from C to G have had values updated and the Scott numbers updated through 2007. With the exception of a couple of fields, the text within the fields of the database has been standardized. This should provide a better consistency on searches. As of this update there are approximately 2000 records remaining that need searchable keywords added. Lastly, an archive for the 2008 updates was created. The Updates page will contain 2009 updates only.


Jan 9, 2009
This update is primarily a database update. Countries from I to K have had searchable keywords added to most of the listings. Countries from A to B have had values updated and the Scott numbers updated through 2007. Work has also been done on standardizing the data in the various fields of the database. This should provide a better consistency on searches.


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