I missed acknowledging World Wide Web Day last year, sorry. As the Web turns 32 years old, visit the World Wide Web Foundation website, and don’t miss their post about young people changing the world!
I have mentioned before that the Harvey Mercheum website uses the Cloudflare Content Delivery Network (CDN) to help ensure reliability and security. I have also mentioned that all content created for the website is stored in the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. I recently read that these two services are joining forces in a unique and creative way to help increase reliability of the Web:
I am proud to be associated with these great services, and am excited to see what other collaborations might happen in the future.
I’m glad I am not the only one to worry about such things. Back when I first started the Harvey Mercheum website, a double greater than symbol was the title separator. I do not recall if I chose that, or if it was a default, either in WordPress itself, or in the Suffusion theme I used originally. I think it was when I was setting up Yoast that I changed it to the vertical bar, also known as the pipe. According to this article from Search Engine Journal, I made a good choice:
Sorry for not posting last weekend. I am very fortunate, in that I am still employed, and my employer gave me the equipment I need to work from home. The trick is, now that I am spending forty hours a week sitting in my chair, staring at my monitor, I really don’t want to spend my free time doing more of the same, even if it is for my projects not work. It took me about a week to get used to working from home, hopefully I will find a work/life balance that allows me to enjoy working on the Harvey Mercheum website again.Continue reading →
Earlier this month, I read this post about accessibility testing:
Step five makes the point of not conveying information with color alone, and goes on to cite hyperlinks as an example. Hyperlinks should be underlined to easily differentiate them from normal text. I realized that the Harvey Mercheum website was just using color to indicate a hyperlink, and decided to implement underlines. After some experimentation, I decided to only do this for the “content area” of the pages, in other words not the menus, sidebars or footer.
Once I decided upon the underlines and was already working with the website’s Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), I wanted a clearer way to indicate whether the hyperlink was internal or external. I mentioned early last year about how I checked to make sure all internal links open in the same tab, and external links open in a new tab. I read this post on wpmudev:
Then, rather than worry about licensing an icon, I found this way to create one on the fly as a Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG):Contact the Curator form to let me know!
I had written back in February about how I had had problems with the new WordPress block editor, Gutenberg, and about how I overcame these problems by changing all my content to “Custom HTML” blocks, with “More” blocks as required. I have now gone back through the 425 posts that make up the Mercheum Blog and made better use of some of the other block types available by default.Continue reading →
It was exactly a year ago that I commented on the Roboto font’s popularity, and now I am pleased to see that Roboto made it to Vistaprint’s Top 12 Easy to Read Fonts. I knew it was a Google font, but did not know it was created for Android (specifically 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”) or used in the Chrome web browser.
I use Vistaprint for business cards, both personal and for the Harvey Mercheum, and have been very pleased with their quality. Some day I need to have these cards redone with “https” instead of “http”…
Anyone who has read anything I have written knows that I have a strong sense of personal nostalgia. Looking back at my childhood, to when I first started collecting comic books and my father reading them along with me, that was a good time in my life. I usually feel a touch of sadness while looking back, and sometimes I worry that this sadness is bad for me. Well, I need not worry, according to this post from the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of The Intelligent Collector magazine:
Readers of the Mercheum Blog know that I am very concerned with the preservation of the content I have created. I do not feel that hobbyDB is a perfect fit for all the Harveyana that the Harvey Mercheum embodies, especially the various bits of corporate ephemera that I have promised to share with you. I am, however, very pleased to learn about the efforts that hobbyDB is making, and I still need to investigate how I can contribute.