Improvements I’d love to make to Charley if I could

Most of these are never going to happen. But a girl can dream, right?

1. Learn to use style sheets and put Charley on them. It would make updating and correcting cases a lot easier, at least I’ve heard it said.
2. Have a really nice NCMEC-style search engine so you can search by name, race, height, whatever. My brother the computer programmer promised to make one when he had time. That was three years ago and he’s had two kids since then.
3. Have foreign cases as well as American ones. Unfortunately I’m swamped with American cases as is, and in any case I can’t read any foreign languages. (In an aside, I’m seriously thinking about enrolling in college to study Yiddish, but that wouldn’t be much help to Charley.)
4. Have photo indexes as well as name indexes. When I first started Charley after the MPCCN died, I was going to put up photo indexes, but I eventually scrapped the idea.
5. Have footnotes on my casefiles, so I can identify just what scrap of information came from where and when people yell at me about supposed mistakes I can say, “I got it from ____.”

3 thoughts on “Improvements I’d love to make to Charley if I could

  1. Aimee May 29, 2009 / 6:45 pm

    Does any college actually teach Yiddish?

    • Meaghan May 29, 2009 / 7:42 pm

      Yes, actually. Ohio State University does. As does Indiana University, the University of Denver, Columbia University, Smith College, the University of Massachusetts, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Brandeis University, Hebrew University and probably more I don’t know about. Oxford in the UK teaches it too, as well as Vilnius University in Lithuania and Tel Aviv University in Israel. And those are just the schools I know about. Most of those schools just teach a few courses in it, but in some of them you can minor in Yiddish, and I think Harvard and Columbia offer a PhD in it.

      I’m considering returning to Ohio State to complete my education and hopefully get a job that pays more than $9.40 an hour. I might minor in Yiddish. The language is far from dead; in fact, it’s starting a kind of minor revival these days.

  2. Meyahna June 3, 2009 / 11:35 pm

    Style sheet is possible, some can be easy.

    DB search would be great. What I miss with your site is either I have the states either the dates but I find it practical to also have the state when it’s chrono and the date when it’s geo.

    All foreign cases is rather impossible, so so many. And yes just American cases is already a lot of work.

    Photo index I dk, it could use a lot of bandwidth maybe but it can always be useful.

    For the footnotes that is up to you I’d say lol.

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