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Adblock Plus Footer JavaScript Impedance

Dec 29, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   Featured, WordPress  //  No Comments

html tag italicizedAccording to the Yahoo Extreme Web Performance Team, javascript loading should be moved to the END of the page to improve the perceived page loading speed. (And Vladimir Prelovac has provided us with a plug-in that does this.)

However, users of Firefox and the exceptionally powerful Adblock Plus extension, might encounter the opposite effect.


The Right Way To Shortcodize WordPress Widgets

Dec 28, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   Featured, WordPress  //  26 Comments

Code washingA couple of days ago, I’ve been asked how to make Sliding Notes work in sidebar widgets. The general answer is, as with any shortcode: “Enable shortcodes in widgets”.

As it turns out, finding out how to do it right is not nearly as easy as it should be, due to some tricky interweavement with plug-in loading and execution order.


Sliding Notes 1.2.1 Released

Dec 28, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  No Comments

After much struggle with an annoyingly pertinacious cross-browser issue, and a thorough rework at both conceptual and code level, here it is, at last:

Sliding Notes 1.2.1

Download it as as usual, and see the plug-in homepage for details.


Sliding Notes Back On Air

Dec 22, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  1 Comment

Thumbs Up!I’m pleased to announce that my efforts to overcome the cross-browser issues have yielded a promissing new Sliding Notes version. I’m running it on this site alredy, and I’d be grateful for your feedback on how it works with different browsers.

Stay tuned while I’m running some more tests and prepare an official release.

Slinding Notes – 1.1 Series Withdrawal

Dec 22, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  No Comments

ATTENTIONI am terribly sorry to announce that I’m temporarily withdrawing the 1.1 series due to cross-browser problems. The 1.0rc5 version is now marked as the “stable version”, and it will remain so until I’ve found a reliable solution to the problem. (The 1.1.0 version is still available through “Other Versions “).

Again, I’m really sorry for the inconvenience, but I thought this is the only fair thing to do right now (next to resolving the issue).

YouTube Inside A Sliding Note

Dec 20, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  3 Comments

I’ve just received an email asking whether Sliding Notes support embedding YouTube videos inside.

I’m happy to confirm that they do! Here is a cool video» that proves it!

I used the Insights plug-in to embed the video object directly between the slider tags.

But: Using a video (or any other) shortcode in a Sliding Note is currently not supported.

Sliding Notes Major Upgrade

Dec 20, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  No Comments

Today I’m releasing version 1.1.0 of Sliding Notes. This is a major rewrite of the plug-in and the beginning of the 1.1 series.


Shortcode Shortcomings

Dec 20, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  7 Comments

This post requires a certain degree of technical savvyness.

BUG: it wasn't me, I swearWhen experimenting with various shortcode locations in the post content, I noticed that under some conditions the shortcode behaved a bit strange with regard to paragraph arrangement. So I implemented a couple of “diagnostic” shortcodes and filters to further investigate the problem. But before I go into that, follow me on a short tour through what the Shortcode API is. Read more >>

Sliding Notes HowTo – Centered Button With 1.0 Series

Dec 19, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  No Comments

Carte au TrésorDan asked me today how to accomplish a centered slider button/title, while keeping the note content left-aligned. While I try to work out a neater solution, I’d like to present to the impatient a way to do it right away, with the current version of Sliding Notes (1.0rc5), taking Dan’s example as a foundation. It’s a bit involved in the sense that it takes editing some HTML first, but it’s a feasible way to go nonetheless (and after setting up the HTML structure, the visual editor can be used as well).


Sliding Notes – Scriptaculous Caveats

Dec 18, 2008   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  No Comments

Last Tuesday, Jörg reported a problem where Sliding Notes didn’t work on hist site. It turned out quickly that the problem was not with Sliding Notes, but due to a javascript exception thrown when jQuery was loaded. I analyzed the effect nonetheless, and I’d like to share my insights with you, as I believe they might be of general interest.

Boxing kangaroos 2Sliding Notes use the jQuery javascript library. There are known conflicts between jQuery and Scriptaculous, another widespread javascript library. The conflicts are particularly dramatic with older Scriptaculous versions (1.7 and less).1. Scriptaculous versions 1.8.0 and later2 still have some conflicts with jQuery, but not at a scale that they would stop each other from functioning. Read more >>

  1. See for ex. this google group discussion or this post []
  2. 1.8.2 is the current Scriptaculous version as of this writing []

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