Archive for July, 2006

It’s Coming!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 22:10 35 Comments

Aaaarrr! It be only two months away, me hearties.

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Are you looking at me? aka Mr Popular

Monday, July 17, 2006 19:20 5 Comments

I’ve now and again wondered who actually reads this blog. Well, pretty much everyone, it seems. Now and again I’ve used the Silktide Sitescore tool to look at things like how popular my site is, what other people think of the design and so on. I was interested to see today that I’m probably going [...]

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Not suitable for anyone, anywhere.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 1:03 2 Comments

Reading through some comments on the delightful Anna Pickard’s (no relation) Little Red Boat site, I came across something called Pornolize. Yes, that’s right. What is does is it takes your website and converts a proportion of the text to something quite obscene, yet leaving it strangely readable. It is very obscene, contains a great [...]

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The Web Chemist & The Holy Grail: Triple-A Accessibility

Sunday, July 9, 2006 15:36 No Comments

The Triple-A level of Accessibility, as defined by WCAG has long been considered a Holy Grail – something to strive for but virtually impossible to achieve. However, with my new site design, now powered by WordPress and using a modified version of Mike Cherim’s Seabeast theme, I’ve achieved just that. I’ll say it again: this [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Articles, Standards, Technology, The Pickards


Saturday, July 8, 2006 0:56 21 Comments

Well, thanks to Google and a bit of PHP magic, this site can now be translated into a number of other languages – visit the ‘farbar’ on the right hand side and click on the appropriate flag to get a translation. Of course, this is an automated translation, so it’s never going to be perfect, [...]

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The Transfer Has Begun

Saturday, July 8, 2006 0:32 3 Comments

And I’m migrating all my posts from Blogger to WordPress. I’m also going to bring the articles I’ve already written into the WordPress engine although I will leave articles where they currently are as well, in case anyone has created permanent links to them. But enough of this! Why aren’t you using the WordPress Import [...]

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Friday, July 7, 2006 8:07 4 Comments

I’d just like to say a big thanks to Mike Cherim, author of the Seabeast theme that I’m using. It’s been customised a fair bit to suit myself, and in some places I’ve gone beyond the customisations he recommends, so any problems are very much likely to be entirely my own fault, rather than his. [...]

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WordPress 2: Just how long does it take to get started?

Tuesday, July 4, 2006 21:35 3 Comments

Er… not that long, actually. They refer to the famous ‘five minute install’ and while I didn’t achieve it in quite that time – mostly due to my repeated panic at not knowing anything about MySQL, let alone how to create a database and configure another system to post to it. But I asked my [...]

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Why, hello there Mr. WordPress

Tuesday, July 4, 2006 20:33 31 Comments

I’ve decided to switch my blogging allegiances to WordPress, mostly because I want to be able to do things like categorize posts to make it easier to find things in future. The old stuff can can be found on my archive part of the site, at least until I’ve got round to bringing all the [...]

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Our World Cup Runneth … Out

Sunday, July 2, 2006 21:17 1 Comment

So, England were beaten in the quarter-finals again. We should be used to it by now, really. After all, that’s where we’ve finished three championships in a row, two on a penalty shoot-out as I recall. Maybe it would have been harder to take if I wasn’t from the North-East, where supporting England is almost [...]

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