Entry no.: 24

17 Oct 2006, 5:59 PM

Colophon

The Building blocks. The tools.

Typography

‘Typography’ may be a little pompous for a medium where (without sIFR or awkward Gifs) you can count the available typefaces on the fingers of one hand.

Colophon: typography

However, this web site was intended to be a Times New Roman web site. Because Times New Roman seem a little neglected these days on the web, poor old fellow. But, because of weird uppercase rendering quirks at 13 pixel, Kit·blog ceased to be a Times New Roman website and turned into a plain vanilla Georgia (designed in 1993 by Matthew Carter) and Lucida Grande (designed by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes) — Georgia and Arial for the unlucky visitors from the Windows world — 3 column layout that I have little clue whether is rendered decently on any other platform or not…

Coding

…Because I’m not a web designer, I do not have any intention of becoming one and I barely know a few basic things about XHTML and CSS.

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Finding no reason to buy web design software, Kit·blog was hand-coded using only a cool freeware text editor named Text Wrangler by Bare Bones Software (with BBColors — color coding by John Gruber of Daring Fireball fame) and a wonderful shareware tool of invaluable usefulness for viewing, tweaking and debugging: Cultured Code’s Xyle Scope.

Colophon: edit apps

For all the FTP / SSH dance with the DreamHost server Panic’s Transmit was used, while for ironing out the most embarrassing English language gaffes the (Oxford) Dictionary.app built into Apple OS X proved handy and elegant.

Made on a Mac

This intense coding (read “chaotic trial-and-error experimentation”) activity took place mainly lying on a couch at home, with my Apple PowerBook G4 burning like hell on my lap, while linked to the grand boundless internet via a Wi-Fi thing Macintosh users lovingly call “Airport”.

Colophon:Made on a  Mac

Platform

This web site is driven by Six Apart’s Movable Type web publishing engine not because I thoroughly research every blog platform out there, but because I happen to like its name, often wondering about ‘moving type’ through the miracle of breaking it into tiny little shards several bits long, stuffed into http packets, stamped and shipped ASAP to whomever happens to be reading this. Makes Gutenberg spin in his grave, this whole view, don’t you think?

Colophon: platform

For the sake of the comfort, a desktop blogging client was used instead of MT’s web interface — Ecto, a mighty capable shareware by Kula Co.