Medieval Women

McMaster University • 1999-2000

Come explore with Christine.

Medieval Women: An Inter­ac­tive Explo­ration was my first expe­ri­ence work­ing on a large-scale col­lab­o­ra­tive project, and also first time my mul­ti­me­dia skills were put to the test. A team of over 25 staff, stu­dents, fac­ulty and researchers worked together and inde­pen­dently on seg­ments of this Bell Fund recip­i­ent project, and many more on the asso­ci­ated Mys­tic Women tele­vi­sion series, inter­ac­tive CD-ROM, and spin­off projects. The site has been awarded a Yahoo site of the day, and con­tin­ues to be used as mate­rial for His­tory and Women’s Stud­ies courses.
I was for­tu­nate enough to be invited to par­tic­i­pate, ini­tially as a tech­ni­cal con­sul­tant for the grant appli­ca­tion, and later to design and develop the cut­ting edge inter­ac­tive envi­ron­ment that was years ahead of its time.

Medieval Women: An Interactive Exploration!



Seg­ment devel­oper and designer


1 year, 15hrs/week


As a lead in the design and devel­op­ment team, I was given the respon­si­bil­ity to com­plete the inter­ac­tive (Flash) com­po­nent of the web­site. Design was a team effort, with many of the core fea­tures and usabil­ity fea­tures sug­gested and imple­mented by me. Some tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tions include:

  • Simul­ta­ne­ous stream­ing voiceover and music — a first for Flash 4 in 2000! Designed to stream at very low band­widths.
  • reusable, lay­ered com­po­nents such as the nav­i­ga­tion bar and indi­vid­ual seg­ments.  Every page is a com­pos­ite of effi­ciently com­pressed files to keep load­ing times VERY low for 56k modems of the time.
  • a script­ing lan­guage’ of my own inven­tion sit­ting in plain text on the server enabling quick chang­ing of seg­ments, audio files and music

McMas­ter Uni­ver­sity

My first job

Walk­ing through Medieval Women