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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2009-09-08 01:20 pm

Weekly Update: 8 Sept 2009

We hope that all of our US dwenizens had a good Labor Day weekend! I did, although I'm more looking forward to the vacation that [personal profile] sarah and I are taking at the end of September. (All cliché aside, we're going to Disney World.) [staff profile] mark, meanwhile, is anxiously watching the calendar until the beginning of October, when he'll be working for DW fulltime.

September may be full of us both counting down the days, but we've still got some good stuff in this week's update. Let's go to the videotape.

1. Development

Most of our work this week went into ongoing code-cleanup -- which means lots of commits and few tickets actually resolved -- but we did have time for 17 bugs resolved FIXED this week. [personal profile] yvi is your host for this week's code tour, if you're curious about what they are.

The interesting bits, meanwhile, deserve their own headers...

2. Reading Filters

[staff profile] mark has committed the alpha draft of reading filters, which will be live with the next code update (which will probably be this weekend sometime, although I can't swear to it). By 'alpha', we mean that all the major functionality is there; it's missing some of the final bits and pieces, and the interface isn't as pretty as it might be.

Once they go live, we'll mention it here and ask you guys to play with them. Once that happens, bugs (things not working right) go to Support, while suggestions for improvements go to Suggestions.

3. Styles

The Styles team has been working their fingers to the bone to solicit and convert new styles and themes from [site community profile] dreamscapes submissions, and the next code push is going to include a whole bunch of new ones (including styles designed specifically for high-visibility and high readability, in conjunction with the [site community profile] dw_accessibility team).

We're getting to the point where we have enough styles that categorizing and presenting them to you is going to become more and more of a challenge, so we've posted a Categorization Poll to [site community profile] dw_styles. If you have a second, drop by and take the poll to give us more of an idea about how we can make it easy to find a layout that you're looking for.

4. Page Views

Also for those who have readability problems, or who are just looking for a stripped-down version of the site: after the next code push, nearly every page in "user" space (any URL that starts with will work with ?style=light added onto the end of it, and display in a low-impact bare-bones style. This is all part of our ongoing work to improve the site's usability and accessibility for people with vision issues and people who are using mobile devices.

Over the next months-to-a-year, we're going to also be working to make more and more views (such as the icons page, the profile page, etc) appear in "user space", in the user's own style. Don't worry, we'll also be making it possible for you to override that style and see the pages in your style or in site style if you want.

5. Dreamwidth On Tour

We've been invited to present a talk at LinuxConf Australia (which is actually in Wellington, NZ) in January, and thanks to a very generous travel assistance grant from the conference, we'll be able to make it. Mark and I are both incredibly excited -- neither of us have been to New Zealand before, much less in summer!

We'll be delivering a talk about Dreamwidth's success in recruiting and training participants for our Open Source programming project, and how we've managed to build a solid community of contributors from novices and experienced developers alike. If you're in the area, why not come to the conference and hear us speak?


People forgot to give me a list of things to talk about again this week, and since I've got the short-term memory of a goldfish (oh, hey, look! a shiny thing!) you get another short update. As always, if you're having problems with Dreamwidth, Support can help you; for notices of site problems and downtime, check the Twitter status page; if you just want to come and hang out with us, join us in irc at, channel #dw.

We'll see you next week for our next update.
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[personal profile] ninetydegrees 2009-09-08 05:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Pstt! Typo: We're getting to the poing... ;)
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[personal profile] ninetydegrees 2009-09-08 06:30 pm (UTC)(link)
I certainly didn't. I don't even know what you're talking about... *whistles*
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[personal profile] jadey 2009-09-08 06:02 pm (UTC)(link)
FYI: Canadians have Labour Day too. We just spell it differently. :D

Yay for ?style=light!
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[personal profile] adlina 2009-09-08 06:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Summer over here in New Zealand... is unbelievably hot. Last February in Auckland, I was even using ice packs wrapped in face towels to cool myself XD

Rock on ppl~

[personal profile] pippin 2009-09-09 08:36 am (UTC)(link)
I was in NZ in Feb last year, and there was a cold snap. D: It was horrifically chilly.
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[personal profile] trixtah 2009-09-09 11:28 am (UTC)(link)
Um, in January in Wellington, you're lucky if it cracks 25 degrees on the hot days. Auckland has a sub-tropical climate, so it's quite warm (the humidity!)

But who cares if it's not so hot - there is brilliant sunshine when there isn't horizontal rain, the coffee is fantastic (OMG COFFEE SUPREME), the cocktails to die for, and there are more restaurants per square kilometre than there are in New York.
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[personal profile] melanie 2009-09-08 06:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Still hot here in Texas too ^_^

Good job all, we appreciate it!
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[personal profile] instantramen 2009-09-08 07:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Mmm, more new styles...
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[personal profile] yvi 2009-09-08 07:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I love Dreamwidth!

That's all.
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[personal profile] angelikitten 2009-09-08 08:55 pm (UTC)(link)
I'll second that! \o/
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[personal profile] cesy 2009-09-08 09:13 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] blithespirit 2009-09-08 09:38 pm (UTC)(link)
So excited the LCA thing worked out. Hopefully see you in Wellington. :)
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[personal profile] susanreads 2009-09-08 09:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Reading filters! *does a little happy dance*
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[personal profile] sqbr 2009-09-08 11:47 pm (UTC)(link)
*dances along with you*


[personal profile] doro 2009-09-09 02:14 am (UTC)(link)

I definitely use ?style=light (for vision issues). Yay!!

Is there a journal style (and friends' page, comment page, etc.) that automatically displays in
?style=light ???

And is there any way to increase the size of the font in the whatchamacallit bar at the top of the friends' page?

Thank you for making us a home here, and for all your ongoing work :)
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Re: ?style=light

[personal profile] zvi 2009-09-09 03:56 am (UTC)(link)
For pages displayed in your style, if you go to

You can add CSS. Something like

[Error: Irreparable invalid markup ('<kbd<#lj_controlstrip>') in entry. Owner must fix manually. Raw contents below.]

For pages displayed in your style, if you go to

You can add CSS. Something like

<kbd<#lj_controlstrip { font-size: 150%; }</kbd>

will make it bigger, and you can keep adjusting the number upwards as you want it.

There is not currently a style that displays in ?style=light. Tabula Rasa has minimal styling and may work okay, especially if you adjust it to be one-column.

I am working on a style called Easyread which was designed by <user name=rb> for low-vision users. If you go to you can create a style with 73107 as your layout layer and one of the <a href="">theme layers</a> I've written (the theme layers control color.) 73987 is black on white.

Hopefully, this style will be officially available in the next code push, but I'm not sure when that will be.

Re: ?style=light

[personal profile] doro 2009-09-09 04:19 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, thank you. Yes, I'm using Tabula Rasa :)
Um, the rest of this is about 90 million light years beyond what I do as far as code or customizing.
Quick question: If I copy/paste the above line (and turn around the second carat?) into the box, can I mess anything up if I do it wrong?

Good news about your new style, am anticipating checking it out when done.
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Re: ?style=light

[personal profile] zvi 2009-09-09 04:38 am (UTC)(link)
Ignore the carets in the previous line! It should be like

#lj_controlstrip { font-size: 150%; }

Sorry for the typo. And sorry for flying above your head with the layer talk0. It's confusing until you understand what's going on, and then once you do understand what's going on, there's not really a simpler level to break it down to, or at least, I have not found one.
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[personal profile] tree 2009-09-09 08:55 am (UTC)(link)
i got all excited when i saw the word australia. if i start swimming now, i wonder if i'd make it to NZ in time.
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[personal profile] red_trillium 2009-09-10 09:29 am (UTC)(link)
Hooray! You'll be in this part of the world. Sadly Welli is a bit too far from Auckland. But great job swinging a trip this way. I hope y'all get a chance to do a tiny bit of sight seeing too. :)