Building on 20010.1 :
1. The footer CSS has been Mostly Fixed. It works "right" in Firefox, Chrome and IE, and it's slightly goofy in Safari. I'll hopefully get this fixed soon - in the interim it's Good Enough. Getting things Exactly Right will involve changing template HTML and new CSS across the entire site, so for the time being.... good enough.
2. While cleaning that up, I think I've found the last of the /NaN-throwers. Time will tell!
3. The biggest change isn't the footer, it's the "removal" of page metadata from all three books. It's still there, mind you - I've forked The Words off into a separate template stream and may eventually either re-integrate them or make them easily accessible to the casual reader. I haven't (technically) deleted or changed the metadata, just made it harder to get to.
The thought occurred to me while injecting the strip and original page metadata for Whitehouse and the first four pages of The Operative - I realized - with a sudden, rare clarity - that the VAST majority of page metadata is formatting notes, alteration notes, and emo. Lots and lots of emo. Given the signal to noise ratio, I began to feel strongly that a majority of the metadata actually detracts from the story - there's a lot of emphasis on what the story was and the struggle to shape it into what it is, as opposed to fresh, relevant commentary on the story, the artwork, the dialogue. Lots of links to old websites, to boot. Cleaning up four hundred pages is one thing - auditing four hundred essays? No. The chapter synopses? Yeah, gotta get to those. Show some pride, etc.
I've retained the metadata for the top page of the site for consistency and relevance, I can bring it back at any time... or I can, eventually, cross-link the two archives and keep an eye on analytics. For the time being, the metadata's been swept under the rug. End of.
There's more site work - and comic work - to be done. Before that can happen, I have a lot of work to do on other web projects. Once the present urgency has subsided, I'll revisit the ATC structure and proceed from there, with fresh eyes and a clear mind.
20110820 : All metadata has been audited and put back online.