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  1. Inline Preview [...] It would be great to see this plugin have an “auto-update” cycle in which you can continually see a nearly real-time preview of your work as you create it.

    The latest version does have this — it should refresh every 3-5 seconds with the latest preview if you’ve made any changes since the last preview. If it doesn’t, that’s a bug.

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  2. Ted Clayton

    I confess that Post Formats as it has been implemented in the Core for several WP-versions, and WP-v3.6 in particular (hopefully to be released from the trauma ward here shortly…), which was to showcase a new User Interface UI for the PFs, also built into Core … have been a notable head-scratcher for me, which judicious scratching has not relieved.

    Post Formats, as presented, are reminiscent of slightly enhanced Microsoft Outlet Express Stationary. “Yer kidding. That’s it“?

    In operation, they appear to yield a stripped-down, even dummied-down Post. This has not been a need that I noticed calling out for a solution … to fragment the various content-elements that make up a nicer, more-interesting Post, and then post the scraps as posts themselves.

    So honestly, like an unknown sleeping dog, I largely steer clear. We will see in due course, what kinda critter it actually is.
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    The plugin WP Awesome FAQ, given a quickie-pointer here, creates a FAQ-page, by creating a custom Post Format (instead of clicking on stationa…). FAQs are a data-tuple (two pieces – the Q and the A), which is close to as simple as data-structures can get.

    The zip download for the plugin is under 80K, and nearly all of that is the two screenshot-images. The code-file for the plugin is less the 3K, consisting of a mere 70 lines of PHP.

    This is a very simple little program, with which to get some inititial hands-on, nuts-and-bolts familiarity with the actual mechanism behind Post Formats (and how to create custom examples) …. which the debacle of v3.6 convinces me to start doing.

    Plus, I’m a softie for a FAQ. I don’t want the FAQ as a page, and not all in one run-on document, either (that’s what the database is for – to let us get individual items, instead of all the stuff in one ‘pile’), but tinkering with a simple example-program has always been the best way I’ve found, to get started.

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  3. Holy moly!!! WHAT a PLUGIN!
    Love love love it… and it’s even quite handy for testing responsive layouts too :)

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  4. Ted Clayton

    @Ted Clayton

    My ears perked up, at the reference made by WP Awesome FAQ, to custom Post Formats. And for good reason …

    The WordPress Codex page for Post Formats says:

    The Post Formats feature provides a standardized list of formats that are available to all themes that support the feature. … New formats cannot be introduced by themes or even plugins. – [emph. added]

    So we have ~9 official Post Format choices, covering what look like really quite-simplistic options, and no means to create any new Post Formats. Or do we?

    It’s a confusing situation, and it has been for what is becoming “a long time”.
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    For the record, I am not a computer or programming pilgrim. I’ve been focused on a lifestyle outside computerdom that has had me slowly falling behind the emerging or cutting edge in digital culture, throughout the Internet era … but once upon a time I was an advanced student in operating systems, compilers & interpreters, databases etc, mainly using Assembly Language and C.

    I had no real difficulty shifting over to Linux, and work comfortably at the command line prompt (which of course is all anybody had, before GUIs … and they’re all pretty similar). I read hexadecimal. I wrote my first website, by hand with HTML (and later CSS), 15 years ago, made a dozen before deciding to go with dynamic pages, and I dabble with several modest PHP website scripts, on my own localhost.

    However, I can no longer tell what increasingly important parts of WordPress are supposed to be, or become. Explanations for ongoing innovations are all-too-typically problematic. It didn’t seem critical, a few versions ago, and I let it slide – it’ll all clear up in good time.

    Now, though, the much-anticipated Tenth Anniversary Edition of WordPress (v3.6), which was largely centered around a new UI for Post Formats, has crashed. This is serious. The problem was with the UI, or PFs, or something. Nobody knows … nuthin’.

    I understand why WordPress might be feeling that as an organization, they need to go radio-silent and hit the mattresses. But out here in Userland, Headquarters has had since v3.1 to put this new stuff forward in a comprehensible fashion, and instead of getting better, it’s gotten actually a bit scary.

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  5. Ted Clayton

    @Ted Clayton – Alright, I had my little cry.

    Then I did what mighta been done before I got all melodramatic. I took a refresher-tour through the WordPress MySQL database tables.

    Truth is, I have avoided doing this for awhile, because innovations in WP looked like they would need new tables & relationships …. this proliferation being “a” if the “the” primary malady [eg, Original Sin] of conventional, Content Management System CMS website software.

    What a pleasant surprise & relief, to find that my fears were unfounded, and WordPress is actually still using the same mere eleven database tables that it had in years past. Several of these are NOT for the Content, but for stuff like Users & Options, and for optional material like Comments & Links (which many savvy applications of WP can ignore/won’t use … and if we wanted to fork an even simpler, non-bloggy WP, could completely remove).

    [And if we do want a new database table, as we very often do, we install these separately with a plugin, and keep our grubby fingers off the core tables.]

    So my concerns that Types, Formats and Taxonomies, etc, reflected an abandonment of the original simple & transparent design of WordPress’ foundations, were wrong.

    Instead, these names are just new names for the old rock-solid Content data elements … spritzed-up with graffiti spray-paint & glitter nail-polish. The seemingly-new stuff is just new ways of looking at & new terms for, the same-ol’ good-ol’ stuff.

    Under the hood, WordPress remains exactly what I like to see.

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