Category Archives: Web Design

How I Learned PHP (at WCSF)

PHP is like oxygen at a Wordcamp; it’s all over the place, in snippets, on slides, and within conversations. (Of course, PHP is also all over the place powering the web, too.) During his State of the Word speech, Matt … Continue reading

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Tiny Tickets

My patch was committed for version 3.3, to fix a tiny typo I introduced in version 3.2. I think it helped to edit the title of the ticket, referring to Network Global Dashboard instead of Network Dash. Being patient didn’t … Continue reading

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Small Words in Help Tabs

The WordPress help tabs rely on educated bets about what people will need at a quick glance, and where they will need it. To see this, look at the two admin screens where a new or newish user is most … Continue reading

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Learning PHP

I’m starting to study some PHP basics, to up my game for WordPress 3.2. For 3.0, I contributed raw blocks of text and for 3.1, cut-and-paste edits within the PHP files. I want to learn more about all the code … Continue reading

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Pocket Philosophy of Contextual Help

Crafting varied, mostly small updates to the help tabs for WordPress 3.1 feels like a slow motion race against time. Iterations of the Beta version need to be in place to see what help text needs revising; any revising must … Continue reading

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WordPress Help Tabs

I’m currently working on updating some help tabs for WordPress 3.1, about to go into Beta. See Trac Ticket #15346 (Contextual Help Tabs Cleanup) with patches I’ve submitted for individual dashboard screens. For background on WordPress help tabs: Codex article … Continue reading

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More Quick Reference Guides/Cheat Sheets

More lists: WPTavern’s List Of WordPress Cheat Sheets 30 Handy Cheat Sheets and Reference Guides for Web Professionals And, Quick Ref Guides in the form of iphone apps for web designers

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Video Trends in Technical Communications

Help works well when it is seen as answering real questions. Users look for solutions to those concrete problems they encounter using software. Answers can be shown visually as well as verbally. (Pet peeve: “verbally” means with “words” and does … Continue reading

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Was just able to upgrade to WordPress 2.6.1, using the automatic upgrade Plugin for the first time; this should also be my first aside post.

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