Chad Perrin: SOB

13 February 2008

WordPress refixes

Filed under: Geek,Metalog — Tags: , , , , — apotheon @ 09:07

I’ve finally gotten around to trying to re-fix the atrocious character replacement and formatting issues that seem endemic to WordPress in general, after making recent changes to save SOB from its recent problems. This should eliminate “smart quotes” replacement and character spacing that made all the characters in certain presentation contexts run together, as well as restoring justified text alignment. Last, but not least, I fixed the problem this thing had with reversing the meanings of “older” and “newer”.

Yes, this means I’ve been hacking some of the ugliest PHP in the world this morning.

Let me know if you encounter any problems that seem new. Let me know about old problems too, of course.

In the meantime, I’m going to turn off the (apparently intermittently visible) CAPTCHA system for a while. If anyone was unable to post comments because of it, now is the time to let me know. I anticipate leaving it turned off for at least a week — longer, if it turns out it prohibited people from posting comments.

Thanks for being my beta test crew.


  1. just a comment to post, I didn’t want you to feel lonely. I recieve you posts via RSS on my Thunderbird on another computer. ‘Thought I’d try out the comment thingie you bloged about. (I just had to sign up to be a ‘btea’ tester, oh my.) One thing I just noticed, the text, (mine in this case) when written, continues past the comment box, (runs on, one has to hit the return button to bring it to a new line.). I wonder if it would show up anyway. (if not actually in the box) Anyway, ‘Word-Press’, it just has it’s percular ways. (Could be why Typo3 is popular over here.) -d

    Comment by dawgit — 14 February 2008 @ 03:25

  2. That’s pretty odd. I don’t see that behavior here. What browser (including release version) and operating system (including release version) are you using? If you’re using a Unix-like system, the following command should give you everything you need about the OS:

      uname -a

    Also on Unix-like systems, the following (where you replace the word “browser” with the name of your browser, such as firefox, opera, or konqueror) should also work for determining your browser release version:

      browser --version

    . . . though that may not work with some browsers. Otherwise, you’ll have to get your browser version information from a running browser. On Firefox, you can get that by clicking:

      Help -> About Mozilla Firefox

    In the above, the -> indicates that the following item is accessible from within the first. Other browsers’ version information is available in a similar manner.

    I’m sure you already know this stuff sufficiently well to be able to do it yourself, but I figured I’d explain it in some detail in case someone ends up here from Google looking for how to get version information, or something like that.

    Comment by apotheon — 14 February 2008 @ 11:35

  3. Hey apotheon, how did you suppress “smart quotes” replacement? I’d like that as well. Did you write it as a plugin, or just hack the code?

    Comment by SterlingCamden — 14 February 2008 @ 04:07

  4. Alas, I just hacked the code. I’ll look into the possibility of making it a plugin if I get the time in the near future.

    Comment by apotheon — 14 February 2008 @ 06:30

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