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Moving to a non-hacked blosxom meant making a few plugin changes. There's no real need for a sorting plugin anymore, but I've come to like the idea of switching views. So,
sort_order is out (reserved for the hacked blosxom), and
sort_by_date is in. Similar operation, but the sort choices are now by date, by file name, or by category name; de/ascending.
Hand-in-hand with cleaning up the site was an overhaul of the Waldo css, which had become a bit...cumbersome ;-) The basic two-column layout was retained, but without the messy hacks (Tantek box-model, etc.) — pushin' electrons is so much simpler with robust, viable alternatives to Explorer! Here's some of the nitty-gritty:
The layout is meant to be zero- or low-graphic, with visual color coming from links, heads, and a couple of block classes, and textual color coming from content face, weight, and leading. (For instance, the large navigation "buttons" are purely text-based; no graphics, no pre-loads, easy editing.) Full justification dramatically reduces "text rivers."See more ...
Other than uploading plugin updates, I hadn't touched the site in almost a year; not too much bitrot, but a fair amount of cruft. No fixed abode has too often meant no modern Mac — making it increasingly difficult to test plugins with the site's hacked blosxom. So the first order of business was to convert the blog sections over to stock blosxom:
- configure and install a clean blosxom
- add entries_cache plugin to fake file modification times
- hack entries_cache to do what it should ;-)
- process entry files to proper blosxom format:
- title on first line (was date)
- mod time meta- tag on second line (was title)
- blank third line to conform to meta plugin standard (unneeded, but standard)
- modify story templates to use blosxom's
$yrvars (was my hacked $dato)
.dltemplates to mimic the old name-based hack
- write a
fulldatenamesplugin to get full month names
- fiddle with load order
It was all quite tedious, but I just kept tellin' myself, "This makes it easier. This makes it easier. This makes it...." Geez, this better make it easier! ;-)See more ...