January 2006


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Ack! he upgraded again!

Ok, Greyduck got me thinking it was time to upgrade to the WordPress version 2.0, so I have done so. As a part of this, I am trying a new and (what appears to be) better spam killer. Please email me if your comments disappear.


Well, for those of you who have been thinking about trying out the new version, I can tell you this is pretty damn cool! There are a number of improvements in the writing interface, most notable a mini rich-text editor that allows you to write posts without worrying about all the tags. Simple keyboard shortcuts turn bold, italics and strikethrough on and off. (There is no longer an underline option, but in web-text, I suppose that makes sense.) Should you need it, there is a button that launches a sub-window with all the bare HTML for direct editing.

Other text-formatting tools include easy bullet-points and lists, an undo/redo option, and text justification. Not so easy are the new hyperlink tools, which only become available after you have highlighted the text you want to link. It does now give you the option of specifying a new window for the link, however. I think I liked the old one better.

The “more” tag still links to the single-page-post view, but there is a plugin to make it simply expand the post in the current page – I’ll play with that later. Another plugin I will be playing with is an automated acronym-replacement widget. Very handy for those of us using acronyms to refer to people. Not so handy

For those who are more aesthetically-inclined, one of the final and cooler features of the new writing interface is the “live preview”. Previously, in the advenced edit mode, you could see the basic paragraphical layout at the bottom of the writing page; in V2, the preview pane displays it with your theme, so you get a better idea of what the finished product will be. Very handy when you are trying to get images lined up.

Well, that’s about it for now. Maybe more next post if stuff blows up.

5 replies to “Ack! he upgraded again!”

  1. The Cyberwolfe Says:

    Test 1 – fire in da hole!

  2. Kylanath Says:

    Let’s see if my comments go south yet again.

  3. BtNG Says:

    So the question is why can’t the rich text editing box be made available for us commenters? Huh?

  4. bc Says:

    Cool, I can’t wait to try it. Are you good with CSS, like if it breaks my skin (sounds odd in this context, doesn’t it?) do you suppose it would be hard to fix? That’s just a tiny bit too broad. Well, I’ll just have to try it and see what explodes.

  5. GreyDuck Says:

    Why would you want the rich-text editor for comments? Man, the potential for abuses… *shudder*

    Yes, that’s the SysAdmin/Hostmaster in me talking, I know. But still.

    (Here’s my contribution to National De-Lurking Week, at long last. I knew I was forgetting somebody…)