This post was published in November 2009 and may contain facts or opinion that are no longer current.

St Paul’s School Intranet

St Paul’s School updated the installation of their Content Management System, Firefly.NET, a couple of weeks ago. Along with this update they included a new template that I built, changing the layout of the Intranet which had been there since, I believe, 2001. Here’s a few screenshots to compare the two:

Homepage Comparison CompSoc Comparison

ICT Department

This redesign made use of Firefly.NET’s template architecture, so the template files were built with XSLT and various stylesheets. While the old template was built using tables (back in 2001, I imagine this was fairly common), the update changes to use <div>s and more common stylesheet positioning instead. It’s technically HTML5, in that the first line of every document is <!doctype html>, though this doesn’t really mean anything for the time being. My favourite part of the redesign? The name of the school now has a proper apostrophe (St Paul’s vs. St Paul's). Apparently I can be a little picky.

Firefly.NET is the system St Paul’s has been using to manage content on its website and Intranet for quite a while now. It was developed by two former pupils of the school, Joe Mathewson and Simon Hay. You can read more about their work and their clients on the Firefly Solutions site.


By Bryant Tan on 06 November 2009 at 17:04:

Great job on this - most people seem to like it (first person I showed it to absolutely loved it) and combined with the Firefly update, everything’s much more pleasant to use now :)

Also, I love the way you correct the apostrophe then write “it’s” in the next paragraph!

By John Peter Harvey on 06 November 2009 at 17:19:

nice one - looks good!

By Alex Muller on 06 November 2009 at 18:01:

Haha, cheers Bryant - I’ve obviously been looking at those damn apostrophes so much that I’m including them where they aren’t even meant to be!

Thanks John :)

By Joe Mathewson on 16 November 2009 at 00:29:

Nice work Alex!

I’ve linked your blog post from mine at


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