A bit of a spring clean…

In preparation for launching a new design for fordie.co.uk in the coming weeks I’ve just been re-jigging the site’s categories. They are now organised hierarchically under either personal or technical.

This hasn’t made any obvious effect to the look of the site yet, but it will (hopefully) help me achieve the layout I want for the site.

All incoming links should still work and hopefully I haven’t just knackered my search engine rankings.

Blogging with ecto

I ain’t afraid of no ghost!

Ever since I started blogging, I’ve been trying to come up with a good way to get html into my posts so that can write tutorials. It’s something I’ve struggled with and as an upshot – I have two or three articles that are waiting to be published that I can’t get my code examples into. I’ve tried various wordpress plugins, I also tried using flock, but that didn’t work.

Another problem I found was that it seems impossible to post video to the blog using the online wordpress editor

Yesterday I was reading a blog post (I thought it was by Paul Boag but I can’t find it now) that mentioned Ecto.

Ecto is a feature-rich desktop blogging client for MacOSX and Windows, supporting a wide range of weblog systems, such as Blogger, Blojsom, Drupal, MovableType, Nucleus, TypePad, WordPress, and more.

I’ve already successfully posted video with Ecto, so now I just need to test to see if I can include html examples (ignore the code below)

<h1>test</h1> <p>blah</p>

Today I found this post which has links to a number of desktop blogging tools, so I’ll probably try a couple of others before I pay out for one

A couple of videos

It’s been a while since I posted anything about the family – here are a couple of videos of the girls.

Erin is growing up fast, she thinks her big sister is hilarious, here you can see the little comedy double act in action.

ahh… that’s that out the window then :( – oh well on to the next!

I was really hoping that I’d be able to go to @media 2007 in London next month but for one reason & another (it not having being signed off by the boss & actually being on holiday) I won’t be there. It’s a shame, but with any luck there’ll be plenty blogged about it. Last year all the session’s slides where put on line and the audio was podcast; with any luck they’ll do the same this year.

button-150x150-alpha.pngJust as I was coming to terms with not going to @media d.construct 2007 was announced. This years event is all about designing the user experience which is right up my street. They have some great speakers lined up so I really hope I can go.

It has the added advantages of being in Brighton which is just 12 miles from my house (much closer than London) and a it has a bargain ticket price of £85 + vat! The boss has gotta let me go.

Push for POSH

Just when you thought we had enough abbreviations in web development another one comes along. This one is POSH!
POSH stands for Plain Old Semantic HTML. It’s a phrase first coined on the microformats IRC channel and promoted forward by John Allsopp, Tantek Çelik, Jeremy Keith, and Chris Messina.

The thinking behind this abbreviation is that it short mnemonic term that captures the essence of the concept of semantic mark up and is easily verbed (to posh, poshify, poshed up).

Those of us who routinely try to ensure that their mark up is valid and semantically correct have often struggled to communicate the importance of the concept, it’s ease of implementation and the benefits it can bring to coleagues and clients.

Hopefully the concept of POSH will help us to get the message accross.

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