The project that has been maturing for a while is finally going public: this blog is getting a makeover, with new name and a new layout.

The old design was seriously going on my nerves — it was time for a change. For the new one, I started from the idea of privileging legibility, with a simple one-column design and a lot of whitespace. The result is what you’re looking at.

This one should also behave better in Internet Explorer, though unsurprisingly it looks prettier in modern, standards-compliant browsers (Firefox or Opera, Safari etc.).

There are a number of small improvements: my lists of linguabloggers (cyberlings) and dictionaries on pages of their own, a better archive, a first implementation of bilingual titles, the tag cloud, summaries for monolingual posts in the feeds (RSS2.0 [en]RSS2.0 [fr]) … and as a special treat, David Romano’s plugin for entering phonetic characters in comments, after an idea by Eric Bakovic. Yeah, as if this blog had so many commenters who absolutely need to use IPA — but who could resist such a fantastic thing! I fiddled with the embedding a bit, and will probably go on experimenting with how to best use it.

If there are any problems with the new site, please do point them out.

Should you prefer the old look to the new one, it is still there, and you can switch back and forth between them (old layoutnew layout ).

As for the new name, my thanks go to Kozlika, the godmother (or good fairy, take your pick) of the French blogosphere and an all-around great person, who went through a list of terms and wordplays with me and came up with the right one. “Serendipity” was a bit of a leftover from when I started out dipping a toe into this blogging thing, not really knowing where I wanted to take it. This is a blog about language, written and spoken, about writing and linguistics as far as my capacities go, and the name should allude to this. It also needs to work both in English and in French. There’s diacritic in there, a bit of critique, and discrimination, too, in the sense of telling things apart and thus seeing more distinctly.

Most importantly, more regular posting is hereby resuming, if nothing major prevents it.

Update, a few hours later: Oops, sorry, I didn’t really actually do the switch-over when I published this. Now it should be fine.

I am in the process of upgrading to the latest version of WordPress. Given that this blog runs on code that I have edited and expanded in some spots, this might lead to some disruption: in the mildest case, links may not work and post may look funny (in particular the alternate language versions), in the worst you may not see this message at all. Be warned.

The new site design just went live. Some fine-tuning will follow. The new theme#[1] has been tested in standards-compliant browsers. Corrections to take Internet Explorer’s defective CSS interpretation into account will follow when I have time to log into Windows and fiddle with the style. It shouldn’t look too bad even now.

[1]: yes, a real theme for WordPress v. 1.5-beta

  • 2005-01-08
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Comments were broken for I’m not sure how long. Possibly several days. They should be all right now, but some upgrading is going on, so please excuse the upheaval. If you still have problems using the site, please complain by email.

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Rewrite problems

Ce billet en anglais parle de quelques problèmes dans les Rewrite Rules — les règles de réécriture des URLs — dans la nouvelle version WP1.3-alpha-3.

First bugs. My permalink structure is /category/year/month/postname/. The rewrite rules generated by WP contain the following lines, any of which gave me a 500 Internal Server Error: RewriteRule ^category/(.+)/(feed|rdf|rss|rss2|atom)/?$ /index.php?category_name=$1&feed=$2 [QSA] RewriteRule ^category/(.+)/page/?([0-9]{1,})/?$ /index.php?category_name=$1&paged=$2 [QSA] RewriteRule ^category/(.+)/?$ /index.php?category_name=$1 [QSA] […] RewriteRule ^(.+?)/([0-9]{4})/([0-9]{1,2})/([^/]+)/trackback/?$ /index.php?category_name=$1&year=$2&monthnum=$3&name=$4&tb=1 [QSA] RewriteRule ^(.+?)/([0-9]{4})/([0-9]{1,2})/([^/]+)/(feed|rdf|rss|rss2|atom)/?$ /index.php?category_name=$1&year=$2&monthnum=$3&name=$4&feed=$5 [QSA] RewriteRule ^(.+?)/([0-9]{4})/([0-9]{1,2})/([^/]+)/page/?([0-9]{1,})/?$ /index.php?category_name=$1&year=$2&monthnum=$3&name=$4&paged=$5 [QSA] RewriteRule ^(.+?)/([0-9]{4})/([0-9]{1,2})/([^/]+)/?([0-9]+)?/?$ /index.php?category_name=$1&year=$2&monthnum=$3&name=$4&page=$5 [QSA] RewriteRule ^(.+?)/([0-9]{4})/([0-9]{1,2})/(feed|rdf|rss|rss2|atom)/?$ /index.php?category_name=$1&year=$2&monthnum=$3&feed=$4 [QSA] RewriteRule ^(.+?)/([0-9]{4})/([0-9]{1,2})/page/?([0-9]{1,})/?$ /index.php?category_name=$1&year=$2&monthnum=$3&paged=$4 [QSA] RewriteRule ^(.+?)/([0-9]{4})/([0-9]{1,2})/?$ […]

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Je viens d’installer la version 1.3alpha3 du 05 septembre de WordPress. Ce billet en anglais parle des premiers pas entrepris.

  • 2004-09-06
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I didn’t have a changelog at the old site. The still valid and active site, I ought to say, because this one will take some work. It will go life when and only when Everything — plugins, permalinks, layout — works satisfactorily and I know how to safely redirect everyone who might have or find […]

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