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News item dated 14 November 2021

The SFE has more or less finished settling into its new server home. Regular updates continue, albeit a little more slowly than usual because John Clute has been travelling in the USA and Canada while David Langford is still tidying up in the wake of the move, though Steven Pearce remains unwavering in his documentation of the vast world of Anime.

One unobtrusive change, not made earlier for fear that it would somehow rock the boat, is the removal of died placeholder lines from all entries for living people (who sometimes objected) and others who may no longer be with us but for whom the SFE team can find no information on date or place of death. We continue to presume death for listed creators who would be more than 110 years old, but this is indicated only in the dates at the head of their entries: (1910-?    ) rather than the open-ended (1910-    ). Mike Ashley and Steve Holland continue to ransack genealogical and other resources for actual dates that can be inserted.

Also removed – invisibly though with some hoped speed improvement – were the codes for navigation buttons within many thousands of entries: the buttons still appear but are now generated automatically when an entry is displayed (a routine website trick which was unfortunately not available in the old SFE home). Speaking of buttons, we have also eliminated the minor inelegance of offering alternative Alphabetical or Chronological presentations of author checklists containing just one title. Unactivated links to entries yet to be written used to appear rather lumpishly {LIKE THIS} but now show in Wikipedia fashion Like This.

In the Hall of the Bright Carvings – that is, the Picture Gallery – Roger Robinson has been working to replace undersized images with larger ones (600 pixels width preferred), and at his suggestion a thin black border has been added to the presentation of covers so that mostly-white designs are distinguished from the white background.

Other little things have changed, several noted in our information page about this new site.

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