So here's a mundane formating question hiding a larger philosophical issue. I find it frustrating to have the lovely events calendar rendered in .png format (that is, as an image) because the website links cannot be clicked on nor can the user copy the links into their browser. In this age of web integration, forcing people to copy down urls and retype seems antedeluvian.
A simple fix would be to render the calendar in either html or pdf, including hyperlinks for the websites. I have access to adobe professional and could convert the calendar to pdf (including live links) fairly easily, especially if Sally sent me her files and I didn't have to retype. PDF files and the free adobe reader software to display them is pretty ubiquitous on the web, but it is a commercially-produced and licensed product and so far everything else in the weavolution resources is pure and doesn't depend on leveraging outside software. For example, if we post the calendar in pdf, we have to post a link to the adobe reader download site too. How do you feel about this, even as a stopgap?
I could instead try to render the calendar in html, but there is a high probability that it would not play well with the weavolution site. The list of advertisers is straight html but it has a very simple structure: each name is an anchor tag in a separate paragraph all plunked down into a "content" div with no interior formating. All the other items under resources, like the guilds, teachers, etc. depend on custom-defined classes for formating. I could recode the calendar into a basic four-column table, but it would probably still require some tinkering by the site developers to display correctly.
I know Claudia would like to see a nice user-editable "interactive" calendar function, as funding permits. In the meantime, I suspect the developers could build us a servicable calendar page template quickly and cheaply. I or another volunteer could code the calendar data using this template and send the updated pages to be posted in the same way (I imagine) the advertisers list gets updated now. As an interim step, is this worth pursuing?