View from my window

This is the view from my attic window. I love going up the attic and look outside to see the beautiful houses of Amsterdam. The hooks are used for tackles when moving because the staircases are so tiny. I submitted this photo to the “view from my window” photo competition by fuelmyblog. These pictures are part of a series in progress on Flickr.

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Schematic technical overview of WordPress

I am working on a schematic overview of the various layers of WordPress. My main focus is the hierarchy of the various layers, how they communicate and how they fit into the whole picture of the internet. Here are the first draft I made in February and my current drafts from April. I am constantly working on it, making adjustments and improvements so comments are very welcome. Last updated: April 4th

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Blog comments, discussions, conversations versus e-mail conversations & coComment

I am using my blog as a research tool for my thesis and I am always very happy with comments and feedback on whatever I write. What I find interesting is that the few conversations I have had on this blog almost all shifted to e-mail. When people comment on my site I receive an automatic e-mail which is an option I have enabled in the Discussion tab under Options. At first I was actually searching for the Options>Comments tab but it is named Options>Discussion which implies that any comment to a blog is part of a discussion even if it is just a single remark. This is not how I would define a discussion which I see more as an exchange of multiple opinions or comments. So I would not consider a blog post with just a single comment a discussion. Of course when there are several comments on a post a discussion could emerge but it might as well be single comments on a certain topic which map out a discourse around that topic but not necessarily a discussion. When there is no interaction between the author and/or the commenters I would not define commenting as a discussion. […]

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Visual editor mode – TinyMCE WYSIWYG?

When writing a post in WordPress you can choose between writing in either Visual or Code mode. This implies a distinction between those who know code and those who don’t. Another good example of this tradition in software can be seen in HTML editors such as Macromedia Dreamweaver with a Code and Design mode. Dreamweaver adds another category namely that of the Split mode which give the user a view of both worlds (see picture). This addition is actually quite useful for people who are not actually coders and prefer to make the basic design in Design mode but know enough about code to fine tune the design in the Code mode (more on Visual editor mode versus Code mode soon) The Visual mode in WordPress is supplied by TinyMCE which has made a Javascript WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor, but is it really WYSIWYG? When writing a post in the visual editor style changes such as bold or italic are immediately visible but the layout of eg paragraph text follows the standard settings of the WordPress Visual editor. To see what the post will actually look like when posted on your blog you have to […]

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WordPress Glitches: Visual/Code editor & Advanced Visual editor

I noticed another glitch in the software when I was saving an unpublished post. When you press Save and Continue Editing the editor switches from Visual to Code and back to Visual. So while saving you are temporarily faced with the code while you are actually working in the Visual mode. I think this is another example that demonstrates that the visual editor is an added option (see my previous post: WordPress problems: Visual editor gone (fixed), or: A glitch in the software) What is even more interesting is that I recently discovered that the visual editor offers even more options than it actually displays. This extra toolbar is not activated by default nor is there a button to activate it. The extra formatting options were hidden from the general user until someone noticed it and posted it to a WordPress forum. Activating the extra options is done by pressing Alt-V in Internet Explorer or Alt-Shift-V in Firefox. The standard visual editor toolbar The advanced visual editor toolbar But everytime you press Save and Continue Editing the extra toolbar disappear again (not with automatic saving) so you have to press Alt-(Shift)-V again and again until you have finished your post. […]

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WordPress problems: Visual editor gone (fixed), or: A glitch in the software

I recently experienced a WordPress bug which made my Visual editor mode disappear, leaving me only with the Code mode. A visit to the WordPress support forum led me to a topic appropriately titled “sudden disappear of visual editor.” I was fortunate enough that the easiest solution quickly resolved the problem: Go to the Users>Your Profile page and check the checkbox for ‘Use the visual editor when writing.’ A glitch in the software Surely I had not unchecked the visual editor myself. The event has very likely occurred due to a bug or should I say ‘glitch’ in the software: A glitch is an unpredictable change in the system’s behaviour, when “something obviously goes wrong”. […] A glitch is a singular dysfunctional event that allows insight beyond the customary, omnipresent and alien computer aesthetics. A glitch is a mess that is a moment, a possibility to glance at software’s inner structure, whether it is a mechanism of data compression or HTML code. Whereas a glitch does not reveal the true functionality of the computer, it shows the ghostly conventionality of the forms by which digital spaces are organized.1 So what does this glitch show us about WordPress? How the visual […]

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