Saturday 8th August 2009

I thought it would be useful if the little “pop up” pieces of text that appear when you hover over underlined words in the diary could also contain pictures. So I’ve been through all the people in the Encyclopedia who are also linked to Wikipedia pages, and copied any portraits found there.

246 people from the diary have portraits on their Wikipedia pages, and I’ve now added all these to the “pop up” texts. For example, on 4th August 1666, you can now easily see what Hinchingbroke, Penn and De Ruyter looked like.

I hope this makes it a little easier to picture the scenes Pepys described, and also to keep track of who’s who — I find this easier with pictures rather than names.

If you find any copyright free images of people (or other things!) that don’t currently have “pop up” pictures, do email me or post a comment below.

18 Comments

GrahamT   Link to this

Great idea Phil.
Thank you.

Paul Chapin   Link to this

Phil, I'm afraid it doesn't work for me. All it does is make the first line of text in the pop-up unreadable, because it no longer masks the background text underneath. I'm using Google Chrome, if that makes a difference.

Phil Gyford   Link to this

Paul, it works fine for me in Google Chrome. Maybe the browser is caching an old version of the stylesheet - is it any better now (I've done something that might force it to use the latest version)?

If not, try visiting this page and refreshing it, then trying again: http://www.pepysdiary.com/style/default/global.css

Paul Chapin   Link to this

I tried that, but still no joy. But it seems to be every rollover that unmasks the top line, not just the ones that may have pictures attached. It unmasks all the way across, creating a notch in the left and right borders.

Phil Gyford   Link to this

Hmm, I'm not sure what to suggest. It will affect both types of rollover as I had to change how the non-picture ones were done too.

What version of Chrome are you using, and what operating system?

Has anyone else found this problem?

Eric Walla   Link to this

Excellent feature! While I've looked at their portraits before, this really helps forging that mental connection between face and action.

Paul Chapin   Link to this

Chrome 2.0.172.39 ("up to date", it says)
Windows 64-bit Vista Home Premium

Neil Adams   Link to this

Works fine for me with Chrome 1.0.154.59 under XP SP3 fully updated. Good feature - thanks for all the extra work.

Neil Adams   Link to this

... and also with Chrome 2.0.172.39 to which it updated as a result of my checking its version.

Lawrence   Link to this

Works great for me, what an excellent feature!!!

Bradford   Link to this

Excellent, and excellent! No prob, with Firefox 3.5.2 and unimproved original XP Pro. Nice to be reminded of Elizabeth's features as she works to duplicate the Virgin's.

Michael Robinson   Link to this

ditto ... no problems for me running Firefox 3.5.2 on Windows Vista Premium, SP 1, 64-bit.

Ray   Link to this

l have 32bit vista basic and have installed Chrome, pop up pics works fine for me, great to see what the characters look like.

Ken Zahm   Link to this

I am using latest Firefox on my iMac.
Since you've added portraits to the pop ups
they are now transparent and hard to read.

Otherwise I love the Pepys site; thank you.

(My wife of thinks I'm kind of crazy, though.)

Ken, in RI, USA

Paul Chapin   Link to this

Today they finally worked right for the first time. Hooray!

arthur dale   Link to this

This might not be the place to post it but I want to praise the wondefull thing you're doing

pam purdie   Link to this

What happened to the (illuminating) portrait of Catherine de Braganza prtrayed as St Catherine?
Has it been removed?
This was a stunning and very informative portrait by Huysman.

Phil Gyford   Link to this

I don't know what picture you mean Pam -- where was it?

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