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More changes on the way

I’m playing with b2 0.61, which comes very close to feature parity with Movable Type. The only thing MT has that made me jealous that this newest version of b2 doesn’t is allowing multiple categories per post, which is something. I remember a Ted Williams tribute I wrote after he died that someone told me belongs in “human interest” rather than “baseball”–permitting multiple categories neatly fixes that problem.
But pingbacks and trackbacks are there, so I can interact with other blogs and they can interact with me, which is good.

On another front, I’ve managed to pull down all of my old content from (October 2000-April 2001), which Steve DeLassus and I are trying to massage into a form suitable for importing here. I did it in a very crude fashion–I set my display preferences to display 365 entries on the front page, then I downloaded my page with wget and I manually stripped out the obvious cruft. Very inelegant but it mostly works.

As for the custom b2 code Steve wrote, I’m getting closer to getting it into a form that’s distributable. The PHP calendar he modified for my use is history, replaced with one by Alex King that integrates more nicely with the rest of b2 and follows Mark Pilgrim’s accessibility guidelines nicely.

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  1. A clarification: The calendar I used and its bolted-on feel was my design, not Steve’s. I gave Steve some BSD-liscenced PHP calendar code I found on Freshmeat, asked him to add SQL queries and hyperlinks to the posts it found, and called the result good enough. The code from Michel Valdrighi (author of b2) himself, as modified by Alex King, was designed to more stringent standards, and specfically for b2, not for a general purpose.

    A few weeks ago I figured out how to add Mark Pilgrim’s guidelines to Steve’s code (it was really easy). Then I found the Alex King code, which did essentially the same thing to Michel’s code, plus added navigation arrows so you could quickly go to next month or last month. So that’s why I ditched that bit of Steve’s code.

    And making Steve’s code suitable for distribution means splitting it into individual files that can be pasted into your template with PHP include statements, as per Michel’s guidelines, came down well after Steve started coding.

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