In the last couple of weeks I have noticed buttons disappearing off my Dashboard toolbar. I’ve been grrrr’ing about the WP gremlins as by Thursday last week there were not one, but two buttons missing. Ones that I use frequently – Justify and Underline.
This last week has been a series of Oh, I didn’t know THAT moments in blogging for me. I really want to share them with you. I think they are good things to know.
Back to the buttons. First I thought I’d do the right thing and see if I can solve the problem all by myself, being grown up and all. Nope! Not grown up enough it seems. So I e-penned off a request to the Great Gurus of WP – the Happiness Engineers (HE).
I have to hand it to them, they were very prompt in responding. It was suggested I clear the browser and cookies. Huh? Are they chocolate chip? I’d heard the terms before so I knew it was nothing edible unfortunately. At least that was a start. I even had a vague recollection of The Retired Husband (TRH) showing me how to do it a looooong time ago. So off I trotted and asked him to show me again.
He looked confused at first. Vague even. Then the lightbulb switched on. Oh, he said, you mean HISTORY. (He does it every week, he says. Can you believe that ?!) Now it was my turn to look confused. The HE didn’t call it HISTORY. But we did agree we were talking about the very same thing, which was comforting. The flock of butterflies in my stomach were on high alert by this time. Getting quite agitated in fact. It’s considered good computer housework to clear the browser and cookies (yuk!) and not just for bloggers. Which probably explains why I had let it be conveniently forgotten. You see I have this terrible allergy to cleaning so I avoid it whenever I can.
For those of you who may be wondering where this magical cleaning thingy resides I can now tell you. It’s a proud moment for me. On my screen it’s hidden at the top right hand corner. Find the three little dots on top of each other. Click on that and you will get a drop down box. Go down to More Tools – and voilà – there it is: Clear Browsing data. TRH says his is in HISTORY. Hence the confusion. Glad we cleared that up.
However, let me warn you. There were consequences. I nearly went into meltdown. My emails and internet disappeared. Big gulping breaths later, and with a resolve I will fix this myself firmly on my lips, I delved in. It seems this particular piece of computer housework meant I had to sign in to everything again. And up it all popped. Whew! That was a close call. However, it did not solve the Missing Buttons on the Toolbar Problem. The HE had asked me to let them know how I got on. So I did. I hadn’t – got on that is.
Once again they came to my rescue. Not to restore the said missing buttons. But to explain why they are missing. Ready?
‘There are a few noteworthy changes to the editor in WordPress 4.7.
Some of the toolbar buttons have been rearranged to make them easier to access and to encourage proper use of the HTML elements they insert. The headings drop down is now moved to the top row, and the strike-through and horizontal rule button are moved down. This also reflects their usage.
I’m butting in here to get your undivided attention as this next bit in red is about The Missing Buttons –
The underline and justify buttons have been removed from the bottom row. Underlining is a bad practice as readers can confuse it with links (bad accessibility), and it does not insert a semantic element. Justifying has uneven browser implementation, and in many cases is bad for readability. Keyboard shortcuts for both will keep working.‘
Oh. As a neatnik I have been justifying my posts to make it look – well, neat. Even lines of text and all that. Humble apologies to readers of my blog if you have experienced bad readability of my posts. Or have you ? I really would like to know. If you have, I will change my bad practice. Did you notice this post is not justified? I’m feeling a tad uncomfortable about that. It doesn’t look – neat.
And as for underlining all those links I throw in… Well. I will find creative ways around it to make it clear which bits are links. Like the italicised blue words in this post. They are links 😉 Did you realise that? (pssst – if you really want to know what the keyboard shortcuts are, I can tell you. I know ….)
This next one is really important too. Thanks to Hugh’s News and Views for ‘what-I-didn’t-know-and-should’ have about pingbacks.
If you create a pingback (= link) to another blog’s home page the owner of the site does not get notified. If you want them to know about the pingback (and who wouldn’t?) it is best to create it to either the About Me page or to a particular post. Like this one here – Pingbacks.
I’m hoping this has been helpful information to at least some of you. If you already knew this, now you know again. It has been useful for me to consolidate the new learning. Blogging seems to be a never-ending learning curve.
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