Well, how does it look?
New and improved? I hope so. A lot of work went on the last week. And naturally, lots of things I wanted to write about but felt I couldn't since I had already changed my MT templates and posting new content would screw up things in the process (also why I disabled comments).
New content is coming online, including lots of tidbits about me, my favorite links (still being populated), and more stuff (hardware, software, etc. are coming online). This site is now powered by 9 different MT blogs (main content, Seth's blog, Savannah's blog, 'About Brad' blog, 'Ask Brad' blog, 'Stuff' blog, 'Timeline' blog (as yet unpublished), Sideblog and the Links blog).
I've learned a lot about CSS this past week, even though I already thought I knew it all. I've also gotten to know Smarty a bit better. What a great templating package. Somebody needs to port it to Perl so Movable Type can adopt it as an alternate template format. That'd be awesome.
There's still lots to do. I've modified my templates to support the new MT keyword field. If I place keywords in my entries now, they get placed in the <head> section of the individual archive pages. I've got a lot of entries to backfill...
I also implemented Adam Kalsey's External Links in New Windows tip. I already had the plugins installed for it :) so it was a snap. Although, I didn't make the external links open in new windows. I personally hate that. None of the hyperlinks on this web site should open a new window (if you spot one that does, please let me know and I will gladly stomp it into submission). All external links within blogs, comments and trackbacks are now notated with a little graphic to the right of the link. Thanks, Adam.
The new Site Preferences page now lets you choose from several different layouts. If you don't like the 'Blue' design (probably the one you're seeing now), you can switch to any of the other designs listed there. And if you don't care for any of them, create your own. Details are available on that page on how to do that.
I plan to write up several little how-to's that I discovered along this journey. Look for those in the coming weeks.
I hope those of you that might use screen readers or text browsers are happy with the results -- the site should certainly be more user-friendly for you.