What’s all this then?

Well, I thought it was about time I let my brain float out onto the open Web, so I've started my own blog. Over recent months, I have been subjected to several ideas and projects that have spurred my own (often tangential) thoughts and theories.

So, this blog contains ramblings from Jon Gibbins – and that's about it! But who is this guy? Well, I guess I'd better explain!

The name “dotjay” is derived from a nickname I had while at university. I helped run the university band society, often finding myself on the society's newsgroup. I signed a post as “.j.o.n.” one time and it stuck. That got shortened to “.j” which then got expanded again to “dotjay”. Clear? No? Tough!

Since then, dotjay has been my handle on forums I frequent, such as Accessify Forum where I seem to spend quite a lot of time.

Anyway, last week I decided to put together a blog and began playing around with Textpattern. I had looked at MovableType, but something didn't quite click with me. Maybe I'll give it another go at some point. Having read Jon Hicks' notes on how he shaped Textpattern to suit his needs, I thought it was worth a shot.

I don't think I'm going to go into as much detail as Jon about my own tweaks to Textpattern, but if anyone asks, I might write something up. I got Textpattern up and running quite quickly. The only real changes I made were to switch to a strict doctype and add a couple of accessibility features. I just know that it's going to make Textpattern updates more of a pain in the arse though!

I had to make a few more tweaks here and there today though, as I had missed a few issues while I was tinkering with the Textpattern scripts over the last week – the layout didn't resize very happily and I had overlooked a couple of accessibility checkpoints. I expect that more issues will crop up along the way, but I'll deal with them as they come.

Anyway, I think that's all for now. Welcome to my blog! Post some comments – I feel lonely!