Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Bloggers at Political Party Conventions

Bloggers at Political Party Conventions

Under the title Bloggers go mainstream at US conventions, BBC reports on the newsworthiness of political party conventions and devotes a lot of copy to the emergence of blogging.

35 Bloggers were accredited for the Democratic Party convention in Boston including Karl-Thomas Musselman, a 19-year delegate from Texas, who not only used his blog Musselman for America to run for the office but also blogs directly from the convention.

Punditmania predicts that the day will come - not very far off - that even most members of Congress will have to have blogs in order to stay in touch with their constituents. Or they will have to answer the question: "why do you NOT have a blog?".

Saturday, July 17, 2004

WordPress Encoder Widget

WordPress Encoder Widget
 
Encode HTML Entities with the WordPress Encoder Widget.

For example, if in HTML code you write the following command

<span ><b>WordPress Encoder Widget</b></span>

the result on the website page is as follows

WordPress Encoder Widget

If you want to show the actual text code of the command rather than the result of the command, then you have to use the following code

&lt;span style=&quot;color:#ff6600;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;WordPress Encoder Widget&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;

The WordPress Encoder Widget converts the code for the programmer automatically.

New Blogger Post Editing Features

New Blogger Post Editing Features
 
The July, 2004 Newsletter "Blogger Buzz"  from Blogger announces implementation of a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) post editor which now allows selection of:

fonts, text sizes, bold face, italic, text colors, easy hyperlink, align left, center, right, justify text, ordered lists, unordered lists, blockquotes, and undo.
 
Blogger thus now has a special "compose  page" in addition to an "html-editing page" in addition to a "Preview" and "Hide Preview" page..
 
One problem with the new features is that Blogger now changes html edited text automatically to its own specifications, which is supremely annoying to anyone used to writing html-code in a particular unique manner. 

For example,
a line coded by hand as

<font color=#ff6600"><b>New Blogger Post Editing Features</b></font>

is changed automatically to

<span ><b>New Blogger Post Editing Features</b></span>

This is fine until such a page must be edited in any way, in which case the html coder is forced to learn and adopt the Google html coding system, with which he is now faced. This kind of coding tyrrany is totally unnecessary.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Blogs in Education

Blogs in Education

Punditmania has found an excellent article on Blogging by Bobby Hobgood, LEARN NC's Teacher Education Specialist. It is found under the rubric "Teacher time savers: Web-based productivity tools". The article is well worth a read for its basic premise that "Blogs are great tools for use in education".

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Blogstreet Services

Blogstreet Services

I sent an inquiry to Blogstreet about their services and notices concerning inactive accounts, particularly since the site has recently been revamped. Here is their reply of July 3, 2004:

We do send notifications about inactive accounts after 30 days. However, we definitely appreciate your interest in the site.

RSS.Blogstreet aggregates RSS feeds and sends updates in the form of mails in your INBOX. Further, it not only provides you facilities to look at other popular RSS feeds on our service but also lets you subscribe to subscriptions of other users (provided they are public).

Other features include posting interesting updates to your Weblog, exploring blog neighbourhood of other bloggers etc. We hereby take this opportunity to invite you to use our service to the fullest.




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