Paul Maden

Trophy Designer and Software Engineer

New and Improved Travel Checklist

Barely one month after launching my new Travel Checklist site, I’ve grown bored with it and taken it to pieces.

Visit: www.travel-checklist.co.uk

This weekend I spent a bit of time familiarising myself with the Prototype JavaScript library. It’s really rather neat, it takes all the long windedness out of selecting groups of elements on a page, and applying event handlers, and its sidekick script.aculo.us makes adding visual effects to a page an absolute doddle.

That’s fine, but what does it mean?

Well, it means I’m announcing the new and improved Travel Checklist, with some neat new features. Whereas the old page was a long list that scrolled on and on, the new one has sections that expand and contract when you click on them. Huh? Well, click on one section, and its content appears, while at the same time hiding the content from the other sections. So you never have to scroll again.

And oh yes, clicking on any item in the checklist sends it to the Google Search box on the right hand side of the page. It even highlights the search box to show you how clever it is what it’s done, and to persuade you to search for that item.

But of course these improvements would be useless if it no longer functioned as a printable document, so I’ve added a new print stylesheet such that you still get a full width printout with plenty of room to scribble notes alongside each item.

Check it out, I’d love to hear what you think – www.travel-checklist.co.uk