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HTMLfixIT Archive for February, 2006

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006 by Don

In an article that I find hard to follow at MSNBC, it appears that a judge has ruled that Google may be infringing on another’s copywrite by showing certain thumbnails in response to image search requests. I don’t find the article clear in that it appears what we may be talking about is thumbnails of wrongfully acquired copies of the images by third parties? I’ll hunt for more information I guess when I get a minute.

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 by Don

I happen to like the Wuhan WordPress Theme and have found it works pretty well, even with WordPress 2.0 and 2.0.1. I have found difficulty using it with the page fold menu. Anyway, it doesn’t look too swell in Internet Explorer 7 beta. I have decided it is time to give in and start using Microsoft proprietary code to get my stylesheets. I used a bunch of the hacks previously in order to be proud, but … many are now broken with the advent of version 7, that seems to act suprisingly like it should instead of like a Microsoft Browser.

If you have gotten the Wuhan Theme from Alex King’s wonderful site, you got a broken Wuhan as it doesn’t have the proper stylesheet for Internet Explorer. So go to the theme author’s site and get a copy instead and upload the ie stylesheet. It will be obvious which file it is as it has ie in the file name: style-ie.css.

Next, edit the header file to insert this:
<link rel=stylesheet type="e;text/css"e; href="e;<?php bloginfo(‘stylesheet_directory’); ?>/style.css"e;>
<!–[if lt IE 7]>
<link rel=stylesheet type="e;text/css"e; href="e;<?php bloginfo(‘stylesheet_directory’); ?>/style-ie.css"e;>

In place of the existing coding that has conditionals for Internet Explorer:
< ?php if (eregi("e;MSIE"e;,getenv("e;HTTP_USER_AGENT"e;)) || eregi("e;Internet Explorer"e;,getenv("e;HTTP_USER_AGENT"e;))) { ?>/style-ie.css"e;>
< ?php } else { ?> /style.css"e;>
< ?php } ?>

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 by Don

I have no stickr’s! Scoble makes me feel like I am nothing.

I remember however when my grandmother had an old trunk that she had been around the world with. It had a sticker from every location visited, but I think there was an actual purpose because many of them were routing stickers I think. That progressed into the motorhome with state stickers on the back I think. I’ll just have to work on it.


Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 by Don

I am not much of a word smith myself. There are however some great sites available to help the slower aword like myself:

  • WordSmyth: will allow you to look at words that surround your word alphabetically
  • OneLook Reverse Dictionary: give it your concept and it will suggest words … amazing for when you are stuck
  • Wordspy: from the guy who got me started on the net, you can look up words by categories and he has current definitions, for example look at blog under computers
  • find the synonym for the word you have

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Monday, February 13th, 2006 by Don

If you are not supposed to really use tables to control layout, then you should be able to use css to control layout. However, to get a table like alignment, nothing beats a table … until now perhaps. Here is a solution that allows you to get alignment of items using div’s with css. Table free design again becomes a reality.

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Monday, February 13th, 2006 by Don

WordPress 2.0.1 was just released, but has a bug in the RSS coding the will prevent the proper handling of the post rss. Comment rss feeds are working. It is easy to fix, although having things like this broken are very frustrating especially for people like me that maintain perhaps 20 or so WordPress installs. I now need to go back to each of them and make the correction.

The official RSS bug track is here. I find that the lack of notices from WordPress leaves me struggling sometimes. A bug of this magnitude should be sent do all people who request notices from WordPress. Also, give the security lapses in the 1.5 release (that allowed someone to actually upload content to your server), not updating to a current version while waiting for bugs to be worked out was not a good option. I hope they do better in the future.

The fix for those who find the bug track hard to follow is just the replacement of one line of code. They show the current line with a minus in front of it and the next line with a plus (minus the plus … no pun intended) is inserted. It is line 1324 in the code of wp-includes/classes.php.

Simple fix, but in my humble opinion significant enough to warrant a release of 4.0.2.

Is there a list somewhere I am missing where people notify you of such significant breaks in the program so you can fix them? If so please tell me about it.

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Sunday, February 12th, 2006 by Don

I am looking forward to the opportunity to have a look at Windows Vista soon. I have been contracted to tech-edit a Vista How To Book for a publisher I am fortunate to work for from time to time, with one of my favorite authors. So I am tuning my ear to the ground regarding the Vista roadmap.

Much has been said about Vista, including that you will want it for security of for no other reason. Some, like this article on Slashdot are rumoring that it will not run on many computers because of its aero glass graphics. That is apparently myth accourding to Mr. Microsoft Jr., the Scobelizer who reports that Vista runs fine on his machine that lacks the aero glass rendering ability. In fact just a day or two ago he was glowing about how well it runs on his platform.

I cannot wait to get a copy of the beta in my hands and kick it around a bit.


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