Thursday, November 16, 2006

Tweaking Triablogue

As regular readers will appreciate, Steve Hays is a man of many talents.

Sadly, computer literacy is not one of them, as he is the first to admit.

Firefox-users may therefore be interested to know about a Greasemonkey user script brewed up by Charles Sebold which will "clean up" (his words, not mine) Steve's posts by adding blockquote formatting, converting bare URLs to hyperlinks, and other clever stuff. Give it a whirl and send your feedback to Charles. At some point, we'll see whether the script can be incorporated into the blog template itself, so that new readers need never know about Steve's so-last-century computing practices.

By the way, if you have the Greasemonkey extension installed (or you're planning on installing it), you might also want to check out my Bible Refalizer scripts, which automatically add hyperlinks from Bible references on any web page to an online Bible. I think they rock, but you can be the judge.

6 comments:

  1. I'm sorry, but I feel no sympathy for Steve.

    How hard is it to use blockquote tags whenever you want to quote someone instead of ***QUOTE***?

    How hard is it for an educated man to put "a href" before his links and "/a" after them?

    He's not retarded, just lazy.

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  2. Hard as it may seem to believe, especially for those of us who were born with umbilical cords attached to a PC (in lieu of our mother's womb), perhaps there are more pressing things to learn about in life or to spend time with than *gasp* basic HTML? Just a thought for our constantly plugged in, tuned out culture (of which I reluctantly confess I'm an all too willing participant, even addict).

    BTW, James, I just installed your Bible Refalizer script -- I'm sure it's gonna rock! Just like Charlie's script. Woo hoo! Or yee haw! Or yippie kay ay! Or whatever people say these days. ;-)

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  3. Patrick wrote:
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    Woo hoo! Or yee haw! Or yippie kay ay! Or whatever people say these days.
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    That would be: w00t

    Anonywuss:
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    He's not retarded, just lazy.
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    You, on the other hand....

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  4. The Triablogue fix is great. And I love your Bible Realizer, James.

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  5. I'm sorry, but I feel no sympathy for Steve.

    How hard is it to use blockquote tags whenever you want to quote someone instead of ***QUOTE***?

    How hard is it for an educated man to put "a href" before his links and "/a" after them?

    He's not retarded, just lazy.


    Actually, he uses a browser that Blogger's formating tools does not, at this time, support. He is able to type text, and that's about it. Don't call people lazy without doing your homework.

    Blogger's text formatting buttons only officially work in Internet Explorer 5.5+/Windows, and the cross-platform Mozilla family of browsers (Mozilla 1.6+ and Firefox 0.9+). Meaning, we've fully tested them in these browsers. We recommend that our users use the latest release of Mozilla Firefox.

    These editing features rely heavily on javascript, and will hopefully work in more browsers as they are developed and enhanced. For example, Dave Hyatt (one of Safari's developers) blogged on July 3rd that an upcoming version of Safari will support rich HTML editing. When this is available, Blogger will support it.

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  6. Just FYI, I think I'm about done with the tweaks I can do (short of building an AI engine to sort through his outline lists, which is not going to happen any time soon). Last chance for feedback before I start working on phase two, which is to make it work on IE and Safari, and then phase three, which is to get it incorporated into the template with James' help.

    So, go to the above link and download the latest version, and check out your favorite articles (by Steve or anybody else).

    And, even if Steve does eventually use a supported browser, he's probably not going to go back and edit years' worth of old posts to make them HTML-friendly again, so this script will have some reason to live even after he no longer needs it.

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