I used to write things.

A lot.

The words and feelings tumbling around in my head would flow onto the paper or screen to float away.

Tumbling around each other until they broke through
          my angst,
          my sadness,
          my fear,
          my yearning.

Poetry, so much poetry. Likely all bad.
Short stories, not as many, but still the words flowed out.

When that stopped I’m just not sure.

Did I stop having things to say?

Was I gliding along a stream until something snagged me and said “Pay attention to this?”

Sometimes I feel like I have
          nothing to say
          nothing to add
          nothing of importance

Other days there is a thing
that has to be said
          no matter what
          regardless of importance
          or interest

Trying to tell someone about something I find funny is an exercise in failure. The words aren’t always there. The description never can reveal what it is that made it funny.

Are these words just tumbling, rumbling, clogging
          in my body
          in my head
          in my hands
waiting for something to release them?

Where will they go? What will they do if they continue rattling around?

Icon fonts and accessibility

A few good article links for icon fonts, why they are bad and how you can use them if you really need to.

I’ve have been using svg-sprites from icomoon.io/app for a current project but have been considering how to convert them to CSS-based or icon fonts if the project implementation needs it..

 

Seriously, Don’t Use Icon Fonts – Cloud Four
https://cloudfour.com/thinks/seriously-dont-use-icon-fonts/

Some good points, thoughtfully set up as section titles:

  • Screen Readers Actually Read That Stuff
  • They’re a Nightmare if You’re Dyslexic
  • They Fail Poorly and Often

 

They thoughtfully point you toward a good article on how to implement them properly:

 

Bulletproof Accessible Icon Fonts | Filament Group, Inc., Boston, MA
https://www.filamentgroup.com/lab/bulletproof_icon_fonts.html

 

And the github repo for Bulletproof Icons solution, to make it easy to implement and use.
filamentgroup/a-font-garde
https://github.com/filamentgroup/a-font-garde
a-font-garde – A variety of test cases and tools for safe font-icon usage.

Slowly figuring out the code that FB Instant Articles doesn’t like

So far:

  • images inside links
    – either the image is stripped, leaving behind an empty <a>
    – or the image is converted properly and an empty link is somewhere else on the page
  • Horizontal Rules are bad
  • Classes on images inside of other tags are confusing
  • Nested lists are confusing

Next up… Hope FB approves my sayvil.com feed.

While that is in progress:

Figure out how to set this up for XSL creating an RSS feed for Sharepoint.

IgnoreRule
(any)    This rule class will effectively strip out an element tag which matches the associated selector of the rule.

PassThroughRule
(any)    This rule class instructs the Transformer to not process any transformation on element tags which match the associated selector of the rule.

flickr photo woes

Apparently making all my photos in Flickr have a status of private has created much havoc in both my Ravelry projects and blog posts. Image not available is all I see everywhere.

I’m slowly going back and updating as I see it. Have found some great stories from about 8 years ago when the kids were much, much smaller.