CSS, HTML and other webby stuff.
It was just over a year ago when I first published my first e-book, One Coast To Another, recounting the tales of walking Wainwright's Coast to Coast in the summer of 2010.
At the time I did two versions. One was for Kindle using Amazon's self-publishing platform, Kindle Direct Publishing. The second was a PDF available at no cost from my website - initially this one, and later from Rambling Man.
Over a pint, a friend asked me why I was giving the PDF away when I was selling the Kindle version. He could see no logic in it.
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As I mentioned yesterday, I've been having a bit of a spring clean of my website and archiving several areas of content. It took me quite a while to come up with my arching strategy so I thought I'd share what I decided to do.
When coming up with my archiving plan I eventually decided on a number of steps I'd go through.
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Outragous I know, but the BBC recently sent me on a training course. No idea why - someone muttered something about “investing in staff” and then ran away. It was a training course in Flash, something the team is increasingly going to be using as it starts appearing in set top boxes and TVs.
One of the legacies of a long lasting site is that you end up moving things around a bit. There are common themes why this can happen - and that means there are sometimes ways to avoid potential problems
Now I must say I do like the visual look and feel of the new BBC homepage, but it gives me yet again, another infuriating problem. It’s the browser window size. I just don’t want my browser window set that wide.
Of course the sensible thing would have been not to have three different copies of Movable Type for one site in the first place. But then, there’s a lot that can be said for hindsight…
Oh poop. It appears that, with the release of Movable Type 4.1, one of the most useful plugins I’ve ever found for Movable Type - CustomFields - has become part of the MT “Professional Pack”, which means buying a licence then. Especially annoying given in its pre-Six Apart ownership, it was essentially donation-ware for personal users.
Two versions of this post. I’ll start with the executive summary. If you’ve moved to Movable Type 4 and find that when you get to edit an entry, the body and Extended fields are all greyed out, then I might have a cure for you!
The BBC’s Fifteen Web Principles
Over the last few weeks my humble email form has been getting a slowly increasing amount of spam emails sent through is - usually with Japanese email addresses for some reason. Now as the web form just gets sent to me and doesn’t go near the web site so I just sighed and put it with the rest of my spam.
Some time ago, I released myCommute out into the wild - a personalised way to view public transport travel updates from your PC, using the BBC’s Travel feeds.
So the new web forms survived their first email injection attack. Should really get the new script rolled out on the rest of the site now I suppose.
It’s with a sense of trepidation that I today reactivated the first of my PHP built webforms since the email injection attack on my site nearly three weeks ago. Ever since then, I’ve had an ever increasing number attempts on the Hitoplive based forms which remained. None successful of course, but it’s meant that I’ve been a little cautious about unleashing my new script on the world.
For well over a year or so, I’ve been working, in my spare time, on a content management project for the erstwhile Transdiffusion - a project which has, ultimately, resulted in the neglect of this blog, the upload of my photos and goodness knows what else.
Some time ago I mentioned backstage.bbc.co.uk and a couple of ideas I’d had around travel feeds. Well I’ve been messing around and I’m happy to announce that myCommute now has a working prototype.
Well you didn’t have to wait long. Backstage.bbc.co.uk went into public beta today. Pretty much everything I said about opening up the News and Sport feeds to do cool things with, applies also for the plethora of feeds listed on backstage.bbc.co.uk - be it the extensive travel information available, or the Doctor Who RSS feed.
A press release about RSS feeds isn’t going to set the world alight. One that starts off telling you to go off and reuse the feed in exciting ways might just.
I spent most of the day messing with PHP, XML and Yahoo’s APIs to knock together a simple, pretty basic website search script for use on Catherine’s website. It’s not hugely complicated but it was all new stuff.
Well here it is, Bods Central v3.0. It’s only really a re-skin of the content but the old design had been in use since November 2002, and I’ve been itching for a change for a while.
Broken (and fixed) CSS, broken (and fixed) email forms and some PHP thrown in to boot! Yay!
At long last, version 3.0 of The F-Word has gone live. Given I first started work on redesigning Catherine’s site back in December 2002, you might understand that its launch is somewhat of a relief to me.
If you’re using Mozilla Firefox 0.9.x - and if you are, you’ll probably know it - you might be looking at a very plain webpage without any proper colours or styles on it.
I was surprised to see the site hits go up 7000 last month, a large number of people hitting my post about my recent RSS changes, and a 1000 referrals from Mark Pilgrim’s Dive Into Mark site.
There’s a new full-stories feed for your pleasure. If you use an aggregator to view the site, feel free to give it a try.
I’ve been looking at the hierarchy for categories in this the site for some time and have been less than impressed with what I see.
It’s taken me a long time to realise, but I finally have. The meta keywords tag in HTML is now very pointless.
CSS hacks are on two levels - documented ‘features’ and undocumented browser bugs. And using the latter could be storing up a whole lodda trouble for the future.
It was roundabout this time in 1996 that I started work on my first website.
One of my last tasks as a Client Side Developer at the BBC has now snook online.
The theme switcher now works properly. Honest. Believe me. Please?
A new, and rather pointless theme chooser has been added to the site. Enjoy!
Today I struggled with some HTML. Does this set a worrying path to technical oblivion?
Apparently in HTML documents, you don’t actually have to have HTML, HEAD or BODY tags. Well you learn something new every day…
Cynthia Says is a web site accessibility validator, and this is some information on it.
New look Planet Bods out now - take a look and let me know what you think.
How a slight bug in a redesign affected one internet community.
BodsCentral now meets the strictest web accessibility guidelines, as set by the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
How do you markup a script in HTML? Well where there is a will, there is a way.
If you’re a Mac IE5 user, this site looks a bit rough. Sorry, but it’s not my fault! Honest!
About the Bods Central accessibility and web standards policies.
The ‘best viewed in’ culture has taken to locking people with certain web browsers out of the site completely. Which is neither nice nor sensible.