Recent developments on iSpot

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Although there haven't been any major changes to the appearance of the iSpot website recently, our technical developers (principally Richard Greenwood) have been busy behind the scenes. In the last few months we have transferred iSpot to new, faster and more robust servers, which has helped to speed things up when accessing the observations; we have redesigned the user profile pages to show activity on the site more clearly (click on "My Profile" when logged on to iSpot); and we have been putting the mechanisms in place to allow for the development of iSpot apps (that is, programs to allow iSpot to be accessed from mobile devices such as Android phones and iPhones).

Other recent developments may not be obvious, but we hope will help to make the site easier to use and more effective:

  • Drop-down lists for the predictive text fields on Scientific and English name fields have now been given scroll bars, allowing the number of names returned to be upped from a maximum of 20 to 100.
  • The "Get recommended" function has been altered slightly to allow for the possibility of multiple recommended scientific names that may be in different iSpot groups (which is the case with a small number of dictionary entries). The results for these names now contain the informal group as part of the displayed name to the user to allow the user to differentiate between them (e.g. if you enter the English name "Grayling" and click on "Get recommended" you can now easily choose between the scientific name for the Grayling fish as opposed to the butterfly!).
  • The "Add this" button, which allows people to add a link to various sites such as Facebook and Twitter, has been updated to show a smaller list of sites and also not pop up straight away when the mouse pointer moves over the button.