Cites & Insights has a new home

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large has moved to

or, if you want to save a little typing,

All issues and essays are now available at the new site (which is a site, as you might guess).

Please update your bookmarks and links accordingly. For the foreseeable future, issues and essays will continue to be available at the old site (but not via the home page).

Thanks to Boise State University Libraries for hosting Cites & Insights over the past few years!

Update: It appears that the HTML essays are showing up oddly in default browser settings (Unicode). I haven’t the vaguest idea why that is, since they were copied unaltered in exactly the same way they were copied to the old site (where they look fine). Suggestions welcome; I’ve asked Blake C. for help. Meanwhile, the PDF issues should be fine.

Update 2: Thanks to helpful readers, we know what the problem is (a character set problem related to the server being used). There may be a quick solution, also suggested by a helpful reader. If so, expect the problem to “resolve itself” this evening (Monday, 7/17). If not, it’s likely to take quite a while for the problem to go away on older essays, as I’ll have to rebuild each .htm file (to get rid of “smart quotes” and dashes). Note that Bibs & Blather in C&I 6.9 has been rebuilt (except for bullets), so it’s no longer an example of the problem.

Update 3, Monday afternoon (7/17): Thanks (enormously!) to Keith Gilbertson, and a little quick Notebook and FTP work, the problem appears to be solved, at least for Windows users. (If you’re a Mac user, you’ve probably had this problem all along. If not, then it should be solved now.) You may need to clear your cache for the solution (adding Windows-1252 character set support) to take effect. I really like smart quotes, so even as I go through and fix the internal URLs in the .html files, I don’t plan to get rid of them.

5 Responses to “Cites & Insights has a new home”

  1. When I go to the site I can read it, but there are lots of little black diamonds with questions marks scattered throught (I mean dozens). It doesn’t impair understanding but it’s odd.

  2. Pat Knuth says:

    The first time I looked at Bibs & Blather, whole paragraphs looked like they were done in “WingDings” font. Perspectives was displaying question marks in the place of apostrophes.

    I’m using IE 6.0. When I looked at View, Encoding, it was set to Unicode. When I changed that setting to Western European (Windows) the WingDings paragraphs were changed to a font I could read and the apostrophes were where they should be.

    I’ve always read the PDF format before, so I don’t know if this is something that just happened at the new site or not.

  3. walt says:

    Thanks, both of you. (The black diamonds are strange, but..probably some browser’s way of interpreting an unreadable character.)

    This is truly strange, given that I moved the files without modification.

    I do find that the HTML files read differently from the new site and the old site (which is still up).

    Damned if I know what’s going on, but I’ll try to find out.

  4. Walt, if you ever want those Unicode-ized, just ask. 🙂

  5. walt says:


    Retroactively? Life’s too short. Prospectively? Let me think about it (I suspect upgrading to a newer Word would make it real easy…). It continues to be key that I can spin out HTML versions in no more than half an hour total after the PDF is ready: That step is one of the two “damn nuisance” steps in C&I production, but at least with HTML (filtered) it’s a pretty trivial damn nuisance step. (Updating the annual index is the other and longer one…)