Added some stuff to The Web Machine…(this blog!)

First, installed the TweetMeme to my blog posts. Its the thing you see to the right over there. If you are interested in getting it for your blog, you can download it here. Not that I expect it to get over used or anything, but wanted to try it out. It is available for any web page, embed it into your emails, or a WordPress blog such as this one.

Second, added the Blogroll. Why? Because I want to give shout outs to people that are not as well known in the web developer “community”. You know, doing my part to keep it alive! Can’t say I’m not trying. Of course though I had to add 2 that are my favorites, and they are of course very well known. The third one is by Joseph McCullough, a regular poster here, who has added some cool discussion. If anyone could please go there and help him out, he is having a bit of trouble at the moment with his category list.

Third, still tightening up some CSS as I go. Tomorrow, I would like to build the footer properly…or at least start it.

Fourth, added a bit of jQuery to add a target of blank to any external link:

$('a:not([href*=jc-designs.net]').attr('target', '_blank');

Now, I can stop doing that crap manually. Whew.

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2 Responses to “Added some stuff to The Web Machine…(this blog!)”

  1. Thanks a lot for the shout out!

    About target_blank:

    There are two schools of thought concerning it and I wanted to hear your perspective.

    One school of thought is “Don’t break the back button, it’s what people are used to, let them use it”

    And then the other school of thought: “The back button should be a last resort”

    Personally I side with the latter: I never use the back button within the same site unless I find the navigation completely incompetent. But I’ve read from a large number of web design books that the back button should be respected and used as a main proponent of navigation.

    Additionally, these books claim that causing an external page to open in a new window/tab is just a sign of insecurity: You’re too scared they won’t came back.

    However, if I follow that external page in the same tab and go 10 pages deep, am I honestly expected to press the back button 10 times to get back to the original site? Psh. Forget about it.

    I just wanted to hear your side on this “user experience” detail.

  2. jcDesigns says:

    “However, if I follow that external page in the same tab and go 10 pages deep, am I honestly expected to press the back button 10 times to get back to the original site? Psh. Forget about it.”

    This is exactly why I did it. I am not “scared” people won’t get back. I do it for convenience so they don’t have to push the back button a million times. This way they have a new tab open AND the one they left. What else are tabs good for if not for that?

    The back button is good for the site you are in, but I know I personally hate having to use it. When I am surfing, and I click on a link, I always right click and open in a new tab. That way I don’t have to worry about where I came from. If you are in a forum, and click a link, then the back tab, you have to also scroll down to where you were. On some blogs, that can be a loooong way down. This way, I am always where I left off.

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