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Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

Design, random musings, and the Web. Since 1977

Archive for 2006


Blogger. Template. Fixed.

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

Blog­ger tem­plate ques­tions? Please search and/or post to the offi­cial Blog­ger Help Google Group—you are much more like­ly to get a response there than by email­ing me.

A lit­tle over 2 years ago, Blog­ger relaunched, and fea­tured all-new tem­plates designed by some of your favorite design­ers. I was lucky enough to be includ­ed in that list, and my tem­plate set, Thi­s­away, was well received and has enjoyed some pop­u­lar­i­ty over the last few years. That is, unless you’re an IE user who hap­pened to put ital­ics in a cer­tain parts of your posts.

Woe is IE

IE/Win suf­fers from a curi­ous bug (gasp!) relat­ed to the use of ital­ics in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions. The won­der­ful folks at Posi­tion is Every­thing have doc­u­ment­ed this as much as pos­si­ble (or as one would want to), and, as luck would have it, their fix works on Thisaway.

Why now?

I’ve been email­ing the fix to peo­ple for quite a while now, on a case-by-case basis, and it’s also been post­ed to the Blog­ger Google Group, but I final­ly coor­di­nat­ed with the nice folks at Blog­ger a few months ago to start incor­po­rat­ing the fix into the live tem­plates, so new users of the tem­plate would get the fixed ver­sion. Hap­pi­ly, I can now say that as of a few weeks ago, the fix is now live, and seems to test out just as it should.

Fixing existing blogs

What if you’ve been using one of my Thi­s­away tem­plates for a while? If you want to update your blog to incor­po­rate the fix, you have two options.

Option 1: Start from scratch

If you haven’t made any cus­tomiza­tions to the blog tem­plate (e.g. adding ele­ments to the side­bar, chang­ing the CSS, adding a cus­tom head­er image, etc.), you can sim­ply log into your Blog­ger admin area, select the “Tem­plate” tab, then click “Pick new” in the tem­plate sub-nav, and select the same Thi­s­away col­or scheme you are cur­rent­ly using. Then just repub­lish to update your blog with the fixed version.

Option 2: Apply the fix manually

This isn’t as scary as you might think, though it takes a few more steps than Option 1. After log­ging into your Blog­ger admin area, click the “Tem­plate” tab, and then focus your atten­tion on the text edit­ing area on that page.

You’re look­ing for the fol­low­ing CSS in the upper por­tion of the tem­plate code:

.post-body div {
font-size: 13px;
line-height: 18px;
margin: 10px, 0px;

Change that to match the following:

.post-body div {

The last line of the orig­i­nal is changed, and two addi­tion­al lines have been added.

Click “Save Tem­plate Changes” and then repub­lish to update your blog.


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Podcasting with Bryan

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

Hot on the heels of my trip to San Fran­cis­co, I had the chance to spend near­ly an hour as a guest on Bryan Veloso’s “Live from the 101” pod­cast Wednes­day night (although, come on Bryan, isn’t it time to change the name? j/k…) We talked about try­ing to record it in per­son while I was in Cal­i­for­nia, but it did­n’t work out (this trip), so my apolo­gies to all Bryan’s lis­ten­ers who were miffed at hav­ing to wait a few extra days for this episode :)

Bryan is a tal­ent­ed design­er (one who now owns a shiny new Mac­Book Pro), but he knows how to shoot the shit, which is exact­ly what we did for 55 min­utes. Curi­ous to find out what two design­ers can talk about for that long?

Check out the ‘cast.



Heading to San Francisco

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

No, I’m not mov­ing there (yet, though there’s always the chance), but I will be vis­it­ing the City by the Bay this week­end, along with a quick side trip to Cuper­ti­no and 1 Infi­nite Loop (if I can make it to some of the oth­er com­pa­nies in the sur­round­ing area that will be a bonus).

I’m look­ing for­ward to spend­ing time with some friends and mak­ing new ones, and in gen­er­al get­ting a taste for the city. I have a lot of friends in the world of a cap­pel­la who live on the west coast, and now a grow­ing list of friends and col­legues, so the temp­ta­tion to move is def­i­nite­ly growing.

Expect new pics on Flickr in the very near future…

Update: The pho­tos are now online (just a straight dump from the camera).



Web Designing Magazine

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

book coverUPDATE: It seems there’s also a book based on this series of arti­cles (“CSS Analy­sis”) titled “CSS Pro­fes­sion­al Style” (thanks Toru). I’ve placed an order, but I’m not sure if the SB arti­cle is in the book… the SB arti­cle is indeed in the book, thanks again to Toru for the confirmation…

Let’s turn back the clock a lit­tle, shall we? And I do mean a lit­tle: Feb­ru­ary 2005 to be exact. Appar­ent­ly, thanks to a few Minty-fresh refer­rer links, I’ve dis­cov­ered that the late-2004/­most of 2005 design of SB was fea­tured in the Feb­ru­ary 2005 issue of Japan’s Web Design­ing mag­a­zine, in an arti­cle about XHTML/CSS. In fact, from the screen shots scans that I was sent (and now can’t find… grr… found them!) the entire arti­cle was about SB.




Word of the Day

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006