2003.02.20

Continued geekery

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In the meantime, site geekery follows, screened for the weak of heart.

A catalog of site upgrades and changes in the last two weeks:

  • Upgraded the site to Movable Type 2.62.
  • Implemented Phil Ringnalda’s hack for rebuilding an individual archive entry on a trackback ping.
  • Added Daring Fireball’s SmartyPants plugin to do automatic conversion of em-dashes (—), quotes (“a ‘test’ a”) and ellipses (…) to their typographic equivalents. It’s easy enough to remember to type — but it degrades exceedingly poorly in (ugh!) Netscape 4 and — is a lot more irritating to type on a regular basis. (note: I modified the code a little bit to change “ -- ” to “ — ” before doing a straight replace of “--” to prevent bad wrapping issues).
  • The content on this site is now protected by a Creative Commons License. Thanks to Eggy and Caterina for leading the way, though sadly it took built-in support from Movable Type to actually get me to do it.
  • Enabled HTML comments again, thanks to integration of Brad Choate’s Sanitize plugin to MT 2.6. So HTML away!
  • Turned trackback on by default for all future entries. Fixed a problem where autodiscovery was failing on links to this site.
  • Turned on trackback autodiscovery. I encourage all users of MT to do so, it helps build up the usefulness of the trackback feature across blogspace.

A template hint for your comment boxes:

By default, <$MTAuthorLink$> tags open into new windows (with a target=”_blank” attribute). This is so that links from within comments popups will open in a new window, since that box is hardly suitable for full browsing. However, links embedded in comments will still try to open in the same window. To have an all-encompassing solution, put

<base target=”_blank” />

in the <head> container in your comment listing and comment preview templates. However, you’ll need to add

target=”_self”

attributes into the <form> elements on those pages so that submitting the forms won’t open new windows.


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