Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Random Geekery for Personal Reference

Blogger has several keyboard shortcuts you can use while editing posts. They definitely work in Internet Explorer 5.5+/Windows and the Mozilla family (1.6+ and Firefox 0.9+), and might work in other browsers. Here they are:
  • control + b = Bold
  • control + i = Italic
  • control + l = Blockquote (when in HTML-mode only)
  • control + z = Undo
  • control + y = Redo
  • control + shift + a = Link
  • control + shift + p = Preview
  • control + d = Save as Draft
  • control + p = Publish Post
  • control + s = Autosave and keep editing
If you use Google’s Blogger platform, head on to draft.blogger.com and you’ll find several new interesting features for your blog. Besides some minor updates and bug fixes, they are:

* Webmaster Tools Verification lets you automatically verify all your blogs on Google’s Webmaster Tools.
* Star ratings let you add a 0–5 star rating control to the bottom of your posts.
* Import / export of blogs; a very nice backup option which enables you to create a full backup of your blog which saves into a single XML file.
* Embedded comment form, with support for Google Account and OpenID authentication.
* New post editor, with drag-and-drop image placement and better HTML handling.

These features are still labeled as beta, so don’t be surprised if something goes wrong. Based on user feedback, Google will enable them for everyone when they’re bug-free.