WOTsummary.com was intended as the ultimate short summary of the Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan.  The Wheel of Time series (WOT for short) is a complex long fantasy series that has been written over the last 20 years. Now spanning 13 books, it is over 4,000,000 words long.  WOTsummary started as a very very simplified chapter by chapter highlight of the books.  Once completed, I became inspired and added my favourite part: the Map view.  This takes the content displayed in a simple list on the homepage and makes it visual.  Events appear on a giant map showing where every character and every chapter takes place.  See the main site or checkout the map


Technical Details

The site foundations were built with Django and SQLite. JQuery is the real star though. There are a couple of specific places where JQuery was incredibly powerful:

  • The Character names.  On the right hand side of the page, each major viewpoint character is listed.  Clicking on their name isolates the summary down to that characters specific scenes.  It’s a great way to follow some of the more minor character viewpoints.
  • The Map.  Ths is all JQuery.  Essentially it’s just a DIV tag that is moved and has it’s text contents updated.  JQuery makes it simple to implement, but I think the result speaks for itself.