September 30, 2004

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September 22, 2004

September 20, 2004

MarkDown vs. WYSIWYG

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When I write for The JavaScript Weblog, I get to use Weblogs Inc.’s nice backend interface, which includes a WYSIWYG editor. Working with it makes me miss the WYSIWYG editor I had hacked into this site before I switched to WordPress.

So, I’ve been thinking of adding a WYSIWYG plugin to WordPress, but there are some issues with the current attempts, and I don’t have time to write my own plug-in. In the meantime, I’ve been using MarkDown to post the last few entries, and after getting used to the syntax, I like it almost as much as WYSIWYG. It’s even better in at least one way: it uses a standard text area, so it lets me type faster than any of the WYSIWYG solutions I’ve seen.

If you use WordPress, be sure to get the latest version of the PHP Markdown plug-in, as there are some issues with the version included in WordPress 1.2.

September 17, 2004

The JavaScript Weblog

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I’m pleased to announce that I started writing for the Weblogs Inc. Network (WIN) today on The JavaScript Weblog. I’ll be posting daily about JavaScript and related topics. Some of the topics will probably be posted here as well, but not all of them—considering my posting frequency here, it would quickly be overwhelmed with JavaScript posts.

Hearing about what WIN is doing with weblogs and meeting the staff was one of the highlights of the SXSW conference this year, and the first few moments of working with them have been equally impressive. I hope to do some good work for them for a long time.

September 16, 2004

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September 9, 2004

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September 3, 2004

Quick Review: CSS Pocket Reference

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I have an embarrassingly-large collection of O’Reilly’s Pocket Reference books on my desk. They’re the best value for money of any computer book, and I find them more handy than online references in many cases. I’ve probably referred to Eric Meyer’s CSS Pocket Reference more than any other pocket reference. The only trouble was that it didn’t include up-to-date information about CSS2. Now that there’s a new edition that covers all of CSS2 and 2.1, I’ll be using it even more.

The new edition has grown to 128 pages, perhaps a bit bulky for many pockets. It includes simple down-to-earth descriptions for all of the CSS properties in alphabetical order, just like the previous version. The only thing missing are the browser support charts. While I understand the philosophy behind leaving these out, and the next-to-impossible task it would have been to assemble them in the current browser climate, I will definitely miss them.

Along with the alphabetical reference section, the first section of CSS Pocket Reference has the shortest, most accessible explanations of selectors, inheritance, and the box model I’ve ever seen, and I refer to this section almost as much as the property reference. If you have $10 and use CSS, this book is highly recommended.

September 2, 2004

September 1, 2004

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