Saturday, March 27, 2010

Updated my blog template

I noted today that, the blog service provider I am using, had new templates. I was getting tired of the old one anyway, so tried the simple template using the usual orange: quite satisfactory! At least, beats buying a book like this Blogger: Beyond the Basics. Don't have time for that.

I tweaked the template a bit. For example, the default labels widget does not allow me to limit the shown labels to those with at least X uses. So, I hacked the HTML of the widget and added an extra if statement:
<b:loop values='data:labels' var='label'>
  <b:if cond='data:label.count > 6'>
    <span expr:class='"label-size label-size-" + data:label.cssSize'>
      <b:if cond='data:blog.url == data:label.url'>
        <span expr:dir='data:blog.languageDirection'>
        <a expr:dir='data:blog.languageDirection'
      <b:if cond='data:showFreqNumbers'>
        <span class='label-count' dir='ltr'>
</b:loop> Pages
I also move around some element, and also nice is the new Pages concept. I wish I could hide the side bar on these pages, but the currently fairly happy with the ability to embed my homepage:

Internet Explorer 6 EOL
The new template does not work with Internet Explorer 6.0. Honestly, I see no reason why you would like to run that browser anyway, but now you no longer can use it to read my blog. Just upgrade, and complain with your IT department if you cannot do it yourself. There are not so many of you, though. Only 18.95% uses Internet Explorer, of which about 20% still uses 6.0:

Actually, of the 73 visits with IE6 in the past 30 days, only 12 were hits of regular visitors. So, could I please ask this one visitor to email me offline if upgrading is not an option?


  1. It looks good, but half the screen is still taken up with the definition of chem-bla-ics. Perhaps this could be moved to a side bar, so that more of the post content will be immediately viewable?