Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Shopping for bits

I took more of a look at XML stylesheets today, mainly with the intent ofreworking the HTML my BLOG software spits out, improving the looks whilesimplifying the code. After a bit of poking around the sites of afew people who I know are technically in the know on how to do itright, I decided that Mike Shaver, formerly of Mozilla/Netscape,had the blog that most resembles what I want mine to look like. I poked at theHTML, and it looks nice and clean, although it has some elements that I'venever used before. So, I saved it to local disk, and edited it, addingcomments as to what DIV tag closing matches what DIV. I then started insertingsimilar tags into a saved copy of the output of my blog, and got somethingsort of similar (with the colors overwritten). Not bad. I did need to insertcalls to use shaver's css files though. Now that I'm convinced that redoing myHTML to use DIVs and CSS is feasable, and I have a vague idea how to do so,it's time to start reading about them...The tricky thing is that although it doesn't look too hard to have predefinedstyles for my website, I'd ideally like to be able to have arbitrary coloursand stuff for things (as is presently possible and implemented). Maybe itwon't be a problem -- I don't really know enough about what's possible yet.This is another steep learning curve for me to climb, although I get thefeeling the view will be spectacular from the top (like Unix). I've alreadylearned enough that I can do some small cool tricks..

Completely unrelated, I did some minor updates to my website. There's stilla lot to do, but I don't feel very motivated..

It's kind of a bummer not having my bike. It's going to be a long cold walk toIndia Garden tonight..

Tags: blog, tech

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