First-Week Issues and Updates

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Developers over in Web Integration and Programming have spent hours this week helping us identify and resolve a number of issues. Thanks to individual faculty who have reported issues and helped in the troubleshooting process. If you’re seeing something strange, please report it to ¬† and include what operating system you’re using, which browser you saw the issue in, and which blog we might look at for an example of the problem.

Here is a quick update of known issues we are working on.

Special Characters in Header

The About/Intro text in the black box doesn’t like quotation marks and some other punctuation. The obvious solution is to avoid some punctuation, but there is a fix if you don’t mind adding HTML special characters. Just replace the misbehaving mark with a short code such as " for a quotation mark.

Embed HTML Codes

The Embed code from web sites like YouTube isn’t working consistently, so for now you need to link directly to content on other sites. We’re testing a fix, but the process shown on works, though the result won’t be a viewer window but a clickable link.

Embedding YouTube Videos into Your WordPress Posts

Minimal Header Bug

If you are using the Minimal Header in the ACU Blogs theme, make sure you leave “Show Blog Title” set to Yes. The Minimal header would be hard to use without the blog title, but selecting to hide the title on the minimal header breaks all links in your blog temporarily. Changing back to Show Blog Title should resolve the problem.

Media Settings

I mentioned this in the post yesterday, but adding images wider than 500 pixels will only show the portion of the image in the main column. You can ensure that uploaded images are resized appropriately by changing the Image Size number for Large image maximum width to 490 pixels. (*See the Post by Email note on the Image Template setting in Postie if you plan on uploading images by email.)

Post by Email limits

Remember that Gmail’s upload limit for attachments is 25mb. Given that the total allowance for your class blog is 100mb, this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’re uploading content from a iPhone or iPod touch here are a couple considerations.

  1. With the new 3.0 software, all iPhone models and the second-generation iPod touch (released September ’08) can record audio clips using the new Voice Memo app. Files longer than around 8 minutes may need to be trimmed before they can be shared by email, though longer memos can be uploaded to iTunes during your next sync.
    How to Upload Large iPhone Voice Memos

    (If you need an inexpensive microphone that approximates a lapel mic for your iPhone or second-generation iPod touch, I’m a fan of Griffin’s SmartTalk adapter–usually less than $10, it works with or without the headphones.)
  2. With the iPhone 3GS, users can record video clips in the Camera app and share them by email from the Photos library. Files longer than around 45 seconds will need to be trimmed before you can email them, but this limit is on the device and has nothing to do with your Gmail upload limit. Again, longer video files can be copied back to your computer at their original 640×480 resolution (emailed files are compressed to 480×360) with your photo management software.
    How-To Guide for iPhone 3GS Video Recording and Editing
    (Technically the only limit for audio or video recording is remaining memory on the device.)

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