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April 21, 2008

Wow, That Was Fast

Upgraded the Funcave to WordPress 2.5 in record time.

Seriously. 20 minutes, tops. Most of that spent waiting for file and database backups.

Everything working like a champ. Kudos to the geniuii on the WordPress team.

All the more reason I’m utterly stoked about the WordCamp I’m slated to help plan!

|| posted by chris under community, mobility, more cowbell, thumbs up, wordpress || comments (0) || ||

April 21, 2008

Under Construction

Completing some long overdue work here at the Funcave.

Please pardon the dust while we finish up.

|| posted by chris under migration, wordpress || comments (0) || ||

January 9, 2008

C’Mon In And Hover Me

You really didn't think I'd pass up an opportunity to include a hovercar pic, did you? Notice the superfuture with the hovercars, but the dude is still using paper? How quaint.

So Nathan, better known as the dude who ripped the covers off Windows Mobile 7 AKA Photon recently, asked…

I love the hover comments you put on links! Is that a plugin, and where can I get it?

I’ve heard from folks before that they dig the hover comments too, which also appear on pictures as well. I thought it was a good qestion, and that other folks might be interested in the answer.

Firstly, there’s no plugin required.

Secondly, the actual text of the hover comments for both pictures and links come from the ol’ noggin of yours truly. So the text isn’t auto-generated. That level of wiseacre is 100% natural.

Thirdly, it’s a very simple bit of HTML code. For each link, I add a title attribute, which comprises the text of the hover comment. It only works that way because most browsers render the title attribute on mouseover as a hover.

Fourthly, BlogJet AKA The Parliamentary Funkadelic of Blogging Tools makes it dead simple to add the title attribute because, well…it’s right there in the box when adding a new link. Check it out…

I’m a sucker for an empty field. Give me a data field, and I have to fill it. I'd almost go as far as to say I wanna fill every data field I see. But then RA would kick MY ass.

Fifthly, for pictures it’s a bit different. Rather than using the title attribute, BlogJet embeds the alt attribute.

Again...datafieldmania in action. Should I seek professional help?

This makes a whole lot of sense, because alt specifies text that shows in place of actual graphics if the browser can’t or won’t support rendering them. If it does render the graphics, then the alt text hovers on mouseover the same way as the title attribute for links. Sexxay, huh?

Sixthly, here’s the actual HTML from a couple of examples in this very post. Here’s a link…

<a title=”Yo Nathan! This link’s for you, bud…” href=”http://microsoft.blognewschannel.com/archives/2008/01/06/exclusive-windows-mobile-7-to-focus-on-touch-and-motion-gestures/” target=”_blank”>

And here’s a pic…

 <img alt=”You really didn’t think I’d pass up an opportunity to include a hovercar pic, did you? Notice the superfuture with the hovercars, but the dude is still using paper? How quaint.” src=”http://www.chrisrue.com/funcave/graphics/jeanietakeamemo.png” border=”0″ />

Seventhly, some audio assist browsers and enhancements will actually read the title attribute aloud while rendering the page. Which rocks! And encourages me to become even more smart-aleck.

Eighthly, it seems to me that it would be even more helpful for the alt attribute to be read aloud. Well, maybe not my comments. I’m not sure they would adequately describe a graphic well enough to be of much help.

Ninthly, did I mention yet how I prolly wouldn’t have started doing this without the hypersonic assist from BlogJet?

|| posted by chris under freebie, opinion, rant, utility belt, wordpress || comments (1) || ||

October 18, 2007

Don’t Wanna Be Your Monkey Wrench

Monkeywrench? Tastes like chickenshit to me...

Gonna be doing a bit of work on the ol’ Funcave tonight. Laying in the newest standalone version of the fantabulous Wordpress.

So if things look a little weird for a while, don’t worry. We haven’t been shut down by The Man, wrenched by The Monkees, or blown up by The Bolsheviks.

And BTW…

If me or any of the robot horde run into any of you self-proclaimed monkeywrenchers out there…

Expect to receive a serious asskicking. I’m not kidding.

|| posted by chris under clueless, funlab, kma, migration, robot, rx, tech hand, thumbs down, wordpress || comments (0) || ||

August 3, 2007

It Ain’t Dagobah, But It’ll Do

Bitzie's camping at FC for a few days.

While repair crews get busy fixing Susan Bradley’s ancestral home…

I’ve offered her the use of the Funcave to get her blogging on. Trust me, the pent-up levels of Mountain Drew are approaching critical mass.

So if a deluge of fantastically helpful items start showing up here at FC that are concise and well-written…

You’ll know they prolly didn’t come from me.

In other words, think of the Funcave as a Virtual E-Bitz for a while.

|| posted by chris under community, shoutout, wordpress || comments (0) || ||

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