Archive for September, 2010

This should look better

I have spent a couple of hours of mucking around with the settings on this site. Now, I think I have sorted out most of the options I want to have in this blog (for now, as always the editor reserves the right to correct, modify, or just plain fiddle about), with a look and feel which is reasonable.

There is one big feature from the Windows Live Blog which is missing WordPress. This feature was the is the list option.  On the Windows Live Blog I had lists of books which I was reading, or had read. These lists were looking up the cover art from Amazon, and would link to the book on Amazon. I’ll have to have a think about how to implement on this site. It will be a case of out with the “roll your own HTML”, maybe I’ll need to have some script as well (if one can embed script in the HTML on this site – further research has shown that script is not allowed, so I’ll have to stick with “vanilla HTML”). The basic HTML is not too hard, just an <img src="" alt="" > tag with the correct URL and other bits of navigation. Doing the same for CD’s would be interesting as well. Finding a site of CD cover art would be the “tricky bit”, the one that Windows Media Player uses would be a good starting point.

After some fiddling about with HTML, Amazon and W3Schools I think I have something which will work for books. I still need to test it this solution on WordPress from within my blog. That testing will come in the next couple of days. The interesting next step will be to see if I can get something working for CD’s, and then DVD’s after that. Amazon may be a source for the CD’s, but I’ve yet to explore that, and the breadth of the CD selections on Amazon.


WordPress Tags: Windows Live List,List,WordPress,Windows Live,Blog,Amazon,HTML,script,Windows Media Player


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Time for a blog move?

Well hello,


It looks like I’ve made the move to WordPress from Windows Live.

I must admit that Windows Live sort of turned me off blogging when they updated the site, and remove the traffic statistics. That really was a a blow to my blogging “inspiration”! So, now Microsoft in their “collective wisdom” have decided to surrender the ground in the blogging space to WordPress, and enable bloggers to move their blogs to WordPress.

So, here I am. Hopefully the migration to WordPress will provide some impetus to blogging efforts. Certainly, having reading statistics back will help.

Now, I need to sort out a colour scheme for this blog. My first choice may not be that “reader friendly”. The black/grey scheme is not a “high contrast” view. So, back to the “pick a theme screens”, again!

Well, one discovery when putting this post together, hierarchical categories. This is a big step forwards! I like having that flexibility! Now, another feature to lean how to effectively use.

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