MLBlog Style

Hopefully you noticed the help Michael at Some Ballyard offered other bloggers over the weekend regarding use of styles that can make your MLBlog text look better. Still have to spend some time on this one in that regard. Typepad is a funny thing, and especially when you consider that our former MLB.com intern Geoff Herberg basically did nothing to make his stand out at Opening Up a Can of Corn. We emailed Geoff to inquire, and in case you were ever curious as well, here is his email back from the sweltering land of Kansas:

As for the blog and how it looks, here’s what I did. I’m not sure why it looks this way but I guess I never fudged with it. On my very first post, when the blog was still entitled The Intern Cometh (still cracks me up…), I copy and pasted a summary of Eugene O’Neil’s The Iceman Cometh from Amazon.com at the start of the post. Actually, I copied and pasted that blurb into a word document. And since then, the blog has looked like it does. Though, there are days when, for whatever reason, the writing on the blog would become duller, which would cause me great consternation. I fixed that by just starting my new thread of posts in the middle of the document where  it hadn’t been dull and haven’t had the problem since. I use Verdana font and I believe it’s in 10 point, but it’s not bolded. I’m not sure how much that helps, but that’s all I’ve really ever done as far as adjusting how the blog looks as far as the type.

1 Comment

Mark,

I looked at Geoff’s site. He is using Microsoft Word to create his posts, which is inserting style information into every paragraph (and everything else, too). This is the antithetical approach to styles, which specifies formatting for classes of objects (e.g., paragraphs) in one place. The use of Word as an HTML generator is strongly frowned on in the Web Development community, although the next version (Office 12), which is supposed to emit clean XML, may make Word a very good choice. XML is formatted with stylesheets similar to the techniques I’m describing (and TypePad itself uses, BTW).

He is using Verdana, 10pt.

p {font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt;}

Michael Norton – Some Ballyard

http://mlblog.someballyard.com

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