Combined Blog

It’s official. The blog formerly known as The Forum has been combined with the journal formerly known as JoeyDay.com. What this means is that anyone who previously had power to post on The Forum can now post on my main blog (whatever I decide to call it).

I will probably continue posting journal type stuff here, but not as often, as I’ll probably concentrate more on news/blog type stuff. I will refer to this as a blog from now on, even though it will contain some journal content. I don’t anticipate that anyone will have problems with that.

I’m pretty excited about this new layout. I’ve been coding the site using Dreamweaver MX 2004 (what a slick program!) and I’m writing it completely in valid XHTML. Some pages are Strict and others are Transitional (because of some JavaScript stuff I can’t figure out) but I haven’t used a single table yet. The site sure looks crappy in anything other than the latest browsers, but that’s okay. I’m not making any money off this, so I couldn’t care less how it looks for people using old browsers. If you are using Netscape 4.7 (or some similarly ancient browser), please join the rest of us in the 21st century! I recommend Mozilla Firebird (latest version is 0.6.1), but Internet Explorer 6.0 isn’t too bad of a browser.

Anyway, if anyone is interested in learning XHTML, I can show you some great tutorials. It really isn’t as hard as you think it would be to learn. Taking full advantage of cascading style sheets makes rebuilding a layout so much easier. It’s really incredible.

  • Merissa

    Hey, how do you get the grey underlining on your acronyms that makes it so when you put your mouse over it, it tells you what the letters stand for? That is soooo cool! [Smiley Face] I like your new site, and I like the fact that the JoeyDay and Forum blogs are being combined. You’re doing a great job! Keep up the good work. I love you!

  • Joey

    I already spoke with Merissa about this, but I just want to let everyone else know. The acronyms are generated automatically using a movable type plugin written by Brad Choate. I also swiped a perl script (also written by Brad) from Dive Into Mark that makes things a little easier.

    What this means is that anytime you type something like HTML into an entry or a comment, it will automatically become tooltipped. This only works for the 50 some-odd acronyms I have defined in the script, but I will add more when I see them being used.

    The tooltipping itself is done using a simple HTML tag. If you wanted to create a tooltipped acronym for Alchoholics Anonymous, the code would look like this:

    <acronym title=”Alchoholics Anonymous”>AA</acronym>

    In order to get the gray underline effect, I’ve modified the look of acronym tags using style sheets. Firebird (and some other new browsers) underlines them by default, but IE doesn’t do anything to set them apart from regular text, which is why you’ve probably never noticed acronyms before on other websites.