Friday, January 26, 2007

The New Blogger

Well, when I tried to log into my blog admin page this morning, I found I was given no choice but to upgrade to the New Blogger. I've been ignoring the loud ads for the new Blogger on my admin pages now for months ("Your New Blogger Is Ready!!!"). But as of this morning, there was no longer any way for me to log in without upgrading.

I sure hope they've got the bugs worked out of this New Blogger. So far the worst I've noticed is one minor item in my template that was broken by the upgrade, I went in and fixed it. The old fashioned way, by monkeying with the HTML, and not via some Fisher-Price drag-and-drop system, thank you.


Blogger The Tetrast said...

I was afraid that they would start making the switchover mandatory. My blogs use no "add-ons," but they're full of my home-brewed CSS & html, and a lot of it doesn't even work on Mac versions of Safari & AOL, I've learned. I fear the day that the switchover is forced on me.

Friday, January 26, 2007 5:59:00 PM  
Blogger The Tetrast said...

BUT I'm glad to hear that you're still allowed to edit in html!

Mama don't take my html and leave your boy so far from the well,
Mama don't take my html away-ay-ay-ayy-ayy!

Friday, January 26, 2007 6:04:00 PM  
Blogger Paul Burgess said...

So far, what I dislike about the upgrade the most is that it was, as of this morning, made mandatory; and that they sprung it on us without warning. I mean, it's been urged on us in our admin pages as if by a circus barker now for a long, long time; but one could always just ignore it. Until this morning.

I'd heard about so many problems in the beta that I was disinclined to upgrade, even once the New Blogger went "final." But at least so far (not that I've really examined it closely) I haven't run across any problems that I couldn't fix with a quick edit. Let's hope that continues: the world of computers and the Internet is notorious for "upgrades" that are tantamount to a bug-ridden regression.

Friday, January 26, 2007 7:49:00 PM  
Blogger The Tetrast said...

I've made like, five changes at the Tetrast blog today and Blogger still hasn't mandated a switchover on me. It's probably just a matter of time. Springing it without warning is probably part of their complaint avoidance strategy. Most people will just put up with it, given no opportunity to beg to be allowed to keep the old or "classic" blogger as they're calling it.

Right now their automatic markup "correction," messing up my spacing, tables, etc., kicks in only when I edit in formatted view. So I always edit the html directly. I hope they don't bring automatic correction to html editing. I prefer the depecrated short "b" tag to the "strong" tag and so on, and vastly prefer to code special characters so that they'll look right in many encoding systems and not solely in Unicode or solely in Western Windows, etc.

Friday, January 26, 2007 9:05:00 PM  

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