Monthly Archives: April 2006

Another WordPress Accessibility Fix

Sometimes I think it would have been quicker if I had written my own web logging software. This time, I have spotted “Read the rest of this post” coming up as link text for different targets. Can’t blame WordPress entirely, as this is actually something that seems to live in the themes.

Fix for the Letterhead theme and derivatives (and probably Kubrick): find the line in post.php with the link containing the_content(). Change the line to something like this:

< ?php $thist=get_the_title(); the_content("Read the rest of $thist »"); ?>

Joining the Clan

I have joined the Guild of Accessible Web Designers to increase my networking in that community. When I submitted my application to join, I have to confess, it was all a bit of an unknown quantity. However, flicking through the membership list, I am delighted to see a number of familiar names. (First impression led me to believe that the group was all Scots, only one eighth of me qualifying on that basis.)

HTML: Not Always the Answer

As a developer of web-based applications, I have come to regards (X)HTML as my standard interface language. There are times, however, when (X)HTML is not the answer to a particular problem. I have been trying to use an XHTML+CSS solution to draw up a dog pedigree. Sounds simple, but it isn't, when I am trying to specify all the CSS in relative units. (Vertical centring of a div, for instance, gave me some problems.)

What I am trying to produce is something to be printed, not something for the web; why, I asked myself, am I using HTML? Because I'm familiar with it. Lazy. So, what do we use to describe a printed page? Well, PostScript, of course. I'm quite familiar with seeing PostScript – it's that gobbledigook that comes in reams out of my printer when I set the driver to PostScript rather than PDL (LaserJet).

Unbeknown to me, PostScript is actually a lot simpler than I had been led to believe. A quick Google found me this PDF document, “Learning PostScript by Doing”. So far, I have drawn a square and a triangle – the pedigree is on its way.

Little Latin

Like that famous guy, I have little Latin and less Greek. I just about managed to follow the text of the Bayeux Tapestry, on my last visit (Harold Rex interfectus est et fuga verterunt Angli and all that), but would really like to be able to read (and write) a bit more.

So, here's an experiment. I know that people read this web log (spammers at the very least!) so what wisdom can I get from my readership? I put the question to you, dear reader, is there a means, online, by which one may acquire more than a little Latin in a quick and easy manner? We won't let the issue of my impaired short-term memory cloud the issue at this juncture.

Green to Blue

The new green theme of this web log is still marred by hang-overs from the original stylesheet. I have now restyled the links so that the unreadable pale blue that appeared on focus is no more. Thanks to Blair Millen for pointing this out.

A Good Time of Year

Before I start, I will point out that we are in the midst of Autumn (Fall) down here, below the Line.

The mean ambient temperature in my Big Shed seems to be pretty well at the perfect serving temperature for my St Steven's Ale, which I have stored out there. In the bottle now for about nine months, it is drinking so beautifully.

Forty Shades of Green

Someone pointed out to me that the navigation of a web page that I had created had poor colours. They were right – the contrast was poor, so I duly corrected it. Never happy with the black-on-white of this web log, I have now changed the colour scheme to a sort of yucky green; this should be a little easier on the eye.

Gez Lemon has a handy, online implementation of the W3C's colour analysis algorithms, which I have used to check that the new colours are "in range".