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The Full mailto Link Syntax

27 October 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 29 Comments

For a small project I had to create a smart mailto link to make my life a bit easier. I wanted the mailto link to hold not only a to and the subject (I’d figured that much out) but a multi lined body too. Turns out that is pretty darn easy to do. So, for »


WordPress Goodies

16 June 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

A small update to say I’ve fixed one plugin and added another resource for WordPress fanatics. First of all, I used to think that with the release of WordPress 2.3 and 2.5, the need for my Permalink Redirect plugin had gone away. However, I noticed that some friends of mine had loads of indexed URL’s »

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Table sorting JavaScript

14 June 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

Unobtrusive and with alternating row colors Sections: example table quick start donate download Related pages: changelog tutorial Ramon Eijkemans pointed me to a script written by Stuart Langridge. This unobtrusive table sorting script was awesome, offering sort mechanisms for text, numbers, dates and currencies, by simply adding an external script to a page and a »


Conditional comments

10 June 2008 by Joost de Valk »

Internet Explorer is not known for it’s standard compliancy, and because of that, people have been using all sorts of CSS hacks to get around rendering problems in it. The IE team have been working hard to prevent a lot of these hacks with the release of IE7, so a lot of your presumably fixed »


Added a print CSS style sheet

2 March 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 16 Comments

Today, I checked an item off on my todo list that had been on there way too long: I created a print style sheet for this site. Every time I write an article that is longer than 5 paragraphs, I get emails from readers asking for a better print style sheet. Until just a few »

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PHP-APC: Speed up your web applications!

8 April 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 15 Comments

As regular readers of this blog might know I have written quite some tools using the different API’s of search engines, and always found them quite useful. When I was implementing my sitewide search function, one of the things that bothered me that it was a bit slow. I knew that I had seen some »

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Implementing a sitewide search function

6 April 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 1 Comment

Those of you coming to this site more often might have noticed a small change in the search box. It’s now implemented sitewide, and I’ve built a sitewide search functions using the Yahoo! API. It was quite nescessary because I found that people were searching for “sortable.zip” on the blog, and they wouldn’t find anything »

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PHPSESSID in your URL? Learn to 301 redirect them with PHP

30 March 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 19 Comments

I’m doing some work on a site which has like 4,500 pages indexed with a PHPSESSID in the URL, causing some major duplicate content problems. I got the server admin to disable the PHPSESSID’s by adding the following to the vhost config: I also wanted Google to get a clean URL when it decided to »

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MSN launches Dutch Digg clone, but forgets spam prevention

15 February 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 30 Comments

Recently (I honestly don’t know when), MSN launched a Digg clone in the Netherlands, called MSN reporter. You can submit your story, and others can vote for it or against it. The top stories go to the MSN.nl homepage. Now the boys at MSN haven’t really thought this through, as they store what stories you’ve »


Sortable table script updated to v1.5.5

26 January 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 15 Comments

I got an email from Mozilla’s director of product management Sherman Dickman today, that my sortable table script wasn’t sorting numbers above 1 million which have comma’s in them correctly (they do have a lot of Firefox downloads ;) ). The problem was caused by the fact that replace only replaced items once, where they »