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      CommentAuthortallman
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2006 edited
     
    Been working on the weblog a bit. I doubt most of the changes are noticeable (and much of the work isn't even visible:P), but because I know you're interested:

    - Upgraded RSS feed to be RSS 2.0 and to use full entry text (anyone use RSS?) Also got rid of tacky RSS buttons and put them further down on the side navigation...

    - Added a "Next Page" feature to the bottom of the blog. There are now 3 pages. This is more for folks who discover the blog's front page and want to keep reading (it's a feature I love, and it used to be a pain for visitors to do using the regular archives).

    - Updated the individual entry pages so that they have a nicer explanation of the page on the top left. Again, this is for people who discover the blog through an individual entry and don't know what to make of it. Also added some text to the "Comments" area explaining why some comments may not show up right away. Also, the page title and description are now relevant (no idea why it was so generic before). And finally, I got the link to the month to work in the "You are here" bar.


    And crap, I still need to do a lot of things:
    - Comment listings are strange to read (hard to tell where one comment ends and another begins). May get rid of the comment popup entirely.

    - Trackbacks need to be handled better, including a better description of what they are.

    - Similar to what I did for the individual entry page, the monthly and category pages need to be revised.

    - Speaking of categories, I need to do a better job classifying my entries, especially series of closely related posts.

    - Need to redo the "About" section of the site a bit...


    Anywho, it took a lot longer than expected, but I like the results (though I'll probably still be tweaking stuff later this week). More details will probably be posted in the blog when I'm finished (or close to finished). Anyeone else have any comments about the blog and how it could be easier to use?

    ~tallman
    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2006
     
    Something I just noticed:

    When you hit "preview" on the comments section, it shows your comments as one lump paragraph, devoid of any line-breaks that were originally included. When the comment is posted, though, the breaks are included. The comment I made in your latest entry, for example, showed up as one big paragraph on the preview screen. Now it's, what, five seperate paragraphs/line clusters?
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      CommentAuthortallman
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2006
     
    Yeah, I know, but I'm not sure how to fix it (not that I've looked into it much). I think it's something that the weblog software does by default. I've actually seen other blogs say something like "Your preview will show up as one big paragraph, but the line breaks are there, I assure you." That doesn't mean that there isn't a way, but it does mean it's probably a non-obvious solution...

    There's lots of things that I still need to fix. Trackbacks, for instance. I was totally going to get rid of them, but as soon as I activated them last week, I got 3 new trackbacks. This was shocking to me. Anyway, since they're here to stay for the immediate future, I need to better explain them and make the experience better...

    Ahg, there's tons of other things:P

    ~tallman