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July 09, 2004

What a difference!

Unless you have much better eyesight than me you have probably found this column difficult to read.

For this column I purchased a software package called Movable Type. It is produced by a really nice company called Six Apart, and is considered by many to be the most powerful and customizable weblog publishing system available today. There are also many third-party plugins that allow us to customize the web-publishing capability in just about any way that we want to.

Like all new software, we usually install it and then learn it "as we go", don't we. Kind of like the way we do with our "longears". That is the case here.

I (and probably you as well) had one significant problem with it though. The default, out-of-the-box, configuration is set to a very small type size with a grey color. The background, as you may remember, was a slate blue. At least the page itself was white!

I think that perhaps the Six Apart folks intentionally use a hard-to-read default page style to motivate buyers to learn it and customize it. The Movable Type software itself is feature-rich and a joy to use!

This week I decide that something had to be done, and so I spent some time "under the hood" figuring out how to change things so it would be more readable. I hope you like the results. For this column we now have a larger type size, black instead of grey type, and a Longears Mall background color instead of a slate grey. A quick fix. When I get time I want to work on a consistent color scheme across all of the applications here.

I really appreciate your comments here and your many emails to orders@longearsmall.com with ideas and suggestions!

This page wouldn't be complete without a "longears" photo, would it? Here is a photo from Bishop Mule Days 2004 of English Pleasure mules waiting for their class to start.


Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at July 9, 2004 05:18 PM