Ok, so I think I’ve got a new version of the AFL Ladder ready for action in 2007, shoot on over to the AFL Ladder Widget page to get it. The new widget has an option to show more team information in the tool tips that appear if you hover over each team name.

I say “I think” because since the major rework of the AFL website for this season (it now uses AJAX and XML files all over the place) there is a potential problem if the AFL doesn’t actively update the XML data file the widget now downloads and uses to generate the ladder. The AFL hasn’t brought the season 2007 ladder page on line yet so there’s no way to tell 100% if the widget will work properly until the season starts and they update their own ladder.

But I have been monitoring the contents of the XML file over the last couple of weeks and it has been changing to show the results of the pre-season games so that gives me some confidence that the XML source file is at least somewhat ok. There are still some quirks with the data in the file (all in the recent results and past results data) which will become clear if you use the new option to display the extra information, but I am hoping that will improve as the season proper begins.

So here’s hoping the thing works ok, otherwise I might have to tweak it again after the season starts…


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