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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Great blogging skills, Paddie

For reasons known only to God, I have been given no "tech savvy" to speak of when it comes to the adequate operation of computers. I've been using Mac since 1993, but blogging only since July 2005. I have no idea why the font and size suddenly morphed into the virtually illegible mess you see before you.

I'd fall down and worship anyone with good advice on how to fix this. You provide the incence.


Blogger A. Carlton Sallet said...

That's because Blogger totally sucks. You have to manually edit the html sometimes, which is hard for non-techies like me.

I downloaded the Blogger for Word add-on and used it for my last post and it worked OK.

You might want to try it.

And - whatever you do - do NOT use Blogger's spell-check!

4:19 AM

Blogger Julie D. said...

It looks fine to me. Perhaps it is more a problem with your browser.

And I don't agree that Blogger totally sucks. I've been using it for more than a year and it's been fine. There have been a few glitches but I've also seen bloggers who use TypePad and other software moaning about problems from time to time also.

What is the problem with the spell check? I use it all the time? No problems as far as I can see...

6:37 AM

Blogger A. Carlton Sallet said...

When I use spell check on a post I originally did in word, it keeps the last 3 or 4 letters and adds them onto the replaced word.

eg: hitchhing, corrected to hitching, comes out hitchinging.

But you're right Julie - I have to allow for an ID10T error on my part!


7:09 AM

Blogger Patrick said...

What you're both leaving out of the question: I totally suck at tech issues. But thanks.

8:11 AM

Blogger Domenico said...

Not that I know too much about Blogger, but did you fiddle with the template? I see this in the beginning of the "To Screen or not to Screen" post just below this one: span style="font-family: georgia;font-family:georgia;font-size:100%;"

That's going to change the font to what you see now. Something must have changed the template.

2:38 PM

Blogger Patrick said...


I don't think I touched the template. I'm too much of a scaredly cat to fiddle at all with it. I DID cut and paste a quote into the post. But...hmmmm.

Also, now my comment posts are lookng weird. Blogger maven Kathy Shaidle to the rescue!

9:50 PM

Blogger Dad29 said...

One remarked-upon problem is that there IS a glitch which makes IE-compatible formats (Blogger, e.g.) less readable on Mac machines.

You're not in a position to fix it--that's somewhere in the Blogger heirarchy of Systems Engineers.

On my XP/IE6+, your screen is just fine.

7:39 AM

Blogger Patrick said...

Thanks, Dad29. It does look better here on my PC atwork -- larger font easier to read. Hmmm.

8:57 AM

Blogger Domenico said...

It's funny but the only post that looks funny (visually, not in content) is the "Unbearable lightness..."

Everything else looks just fine on my Safari-using Mac (or is it Mac-using Safari... the hierarchy of usage escapes me.)

Sorry, too much editing today. :)

4:47 PM

Blogger Patrick said...

Dom....but now -- at least as viewed on my work PC (eeeeeevil PC) -- the profile and blog rolls appear way down at the bottom right hand side, not up top right. Heavy heavy sigh.

5:32 PM

Blogger Dad29 said...

Your top-right content moved down because somewhere along the line you linked a website that goes "out of margin" to the right.

Open your posting page and scroll down through your posts until you see the link (don't worry, you WILL notice); then either delete the link or live with the consequences.

Much better to use the Blogger linking tool, which avoids that stuff.

7:00 AM

Blogger Patrick said...

Dad29: It doesn't look "down righted" here on my home iMac. WIll check at work soon. is there a tutorial to learn how to link via Blogger tool, per your suggestion?

8:18 AM

Blogger Dad29 said...

Here it is:

When you wish to link to a particular article, you should be using two open browsers: one for the article of interest, the other for your posting page (it's not required, but it's easier.)

Make certain that you are linking to the SPECIFIC ARTICLE you want, not just somebody's entire blog. Usually, this means that you can see an ID# in the address bar.

After you've typed the text which will serve as the link-reference, highlight the text, then click on the cute little "link" icon at the top of the draft-post. A window will pop up with "http://" already filled in.

Copy the article address (you know the drill; highlight, then right-click, then 'copy;') in whole from the browser which has the article you wish to link; then, going back to YOUR posting screen, place the cursor in the address bar on the popup. Hit "delete" and the "http://" should disappear.

Then re-place your cursor in the address bar in the popup, and hit the right mouse button, then click on "paste."

Then hit OK. The text color where you've inserted the link should change.

7:53 AM

Blogger Patrick said...

Dad29, and now I shall consult the Holy Spirit and beg Him for the gift of techno-interpretation! Seriously, I'll try and wade through your directions.


8:56 AM

Blogger Dad29 said...

Ummmnhhh...I'm not entirely self-taught, but this stuff eventually becomes manageable.

I see, by the way, that you got the hang of it. Congratulations!

6:37 AM


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