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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

  4:39 PM - Comments enabled
Some folks have probably noticed that my main page is powered by Blogger. Well, in the few years since I have started this site, Google has been enhancing the Blogger service relentlessly. At first the improvements were mostly behind the scenes: better performance on Blogspot, an improved editor with fewer crashes, etc. But lately there have been some bigger improvements, including post pages and support for comments. These latest improvements require changes in the template itself. So at last, it was time to roll up my sleeves.

My Blogger template is from scratch, not one of the canned templates. I designed it to mesh with the general look of the site (the rest of which is generated using a Perl-based template engine that I wrote). When I enabled post pages (generates an individual page for every post), it broke a few things because of the directory structure that it uses. However, I think I fixed all the links and it should be OK now. (Before, everything was in the same directory and my links didn't require a path. Now I'm using paths that start with '/' and everything is working again.) I don't really need the post pages; the archives that Blogger generates were fine for me. However, the comment interface requires post pages, so I had to enable both.

The comment interface is a nice simple design, flexible enough to support a custom presentation of the comments, albeit with a non-customizable interface for the data entry form itself. The comment feature seems to work even when the pages are not on blogspot, which is good, since I prefer to keep my pages where they are.

I don't know whether people will use the comment interface. It will probably depend whether I have anything interesting to say... But still, I'm a geek at heart, so I couldn't 'not' set it up.
1 comments [post]  


One thing to note about the comment interface: if you don't use popup mode, then the BlogItemFormOnClick tag generates bad code. Harmless for most browsers, but incorrect. Removing this tag fixes it, but of course you would have to add it back if you switch to popup mode.

By Blogger Bruce, at Sep 13, 2005 6:51:00 PM  

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