Posts Tagged ‘‘blogs’

Nesting Syndrome

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Best practice in HTML is to put quotations into Q[uotation] elements, so that the mark-up looks like this:

Sam growled <q>I asked him, and he said <q>I swear on me mother's grave!</q></q>

rather than like this:

Sam growled “I asked him, and he said ‘I swear on me mother's grave!’”

Note that it is possible to have one Q[uotation] element inside of another — a good style-sheet will handle that.

Unfortunately, the WordPress editor seems to have been written by a programmer who believes that Q[uotation] elements must not nest, and the editor tries to fix things when it encounters nesting, by closing the outer element when it comes to the inner element. In the case of my previous entry, it then discarded the original closing </q> tag of the outer element, but (who knows why?) added an extra </div> at the end of the entry. The appearance of the whole page went to H_ll.

I fixed things by by-passing the WordPress software, and editing the 'blog's underlying dB with phpMyAdmin.

I've filed a bug report.

(I still need to arrive at a good specification of the list-bug that plagues my entry on installing Open Office.)

A Window of Hope

Monday, 31 March 2008

It is now possible for you to correct or otherwise to edit your comments to this 'blog, so long as three conditions are met:

  • Not more than 30 minutes have passed since the comment were made.
  • You must have been logged-in when commenting and be logged-in (with the same ID).
  • You must be using a machine with the same IP number as that with which the comment were made (which would typically hold if your connection to the 'Net weren't broken in the interim).
(Basically, I got YATCP to play nicely with Edit Comments XT, by editing yatcp_comments.php and yatcp_single-comment.php.)

When one saves an edit with Edit Comments XT, one none-the-less is returned by it to the comment-editing form, with no real indication that the change has been made; so confirmation is not ideal. One can go back to the main page and from there again click on the Comments link to double-check that the edit was effected.

'Blog Bog

Sunday, 16 March 2008

The Woman of Interest and I each noted that our websites had been slow and unresponsive, so yester-day after-noon I contacted technical support at A technician got back to me, reporting that he’d found nothing amiss on their server but noted that our sites draw upon resources on other servers, and suggesting that perhaps the problem was there. This explanation seemed plausible, except that shortly after I received it we found that first cpanel and then simple FTP were slowing to an effective halt. When I checked a few hours later, the sites seemed to work fine more generally. So I think that our support query was vindicated.

Another 'Bot-'Blog

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

A 'bot has again commented to one of my entries, linking back to its 'blog; this time at The style of the entries at that 'blog show some trivial improvements over the style that I described earlier. Now the form is

[source-'blog name] wrote an [variable adjective] blog post today on [entry title]
Here’s a [variable adjective-noun]
[random quotation]
[variable text] [variable linked text]

The previous 'blog was registered by over proxy. This time, there appears to be an unproxied registrant:

Roseanna M. Hallman
WOODBRIDGE VA 22192-2001
(703) 490-2260

who apparently has about 86 domains.


Monday, 25 February 2008

By virtue of a 'bot commenting to a prior entry, I discovered a 'bot-maintained set of advertising sites at, each guised as a 'blog. The 'bot-or-'bots (I suspect that there is just one) find(s) entries in 'blogs or in 'blog-like pages, and then creätes an entry in one of its own 'blogs (eg of form

[source-'blog name] wrote an interesting post today on [entry title]
Here’s a quick excerpt
[random quotation]
For more information, click here

Each page of the 'bot-'blogs also has many links to videos, which are hosted on an advertising-supported site or sites.