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Extending Parsedown: attributes

Markdown Extra (including Parsedown Extra) allows for attributes to be applied to certain elements: headers, fenced code blocks, links, and images. I'd like to be able to apply them to any element. I'm going to use the syntax of Python Markdown attributes, but the attribute lists go before the elements. For block level elements, they […]

Extending Parsedown: Inline elements

Extending Parsedown involves adding elements to the $InlineTypes and $BlockTypes arrays, then adding methods to handle them. See the actual code. Italics I use <i> a lot, to indicate transliterated words. So I use could use "/" to indicate that: /Shabbat/ is a Hebrew word becomes <i>Shabbat</i> is a Hebrew word. To do that: do […]

String Replacement in PHP

Working with Parsedown, I want to string manipulation but only in certain parts. For instance, on text not in HTML tags or not in quotes. The right way to do that is with a real parser. The easy way is by removing the unwanted strings, replacing them with a marker that won't come up in […]

‘ob_gzhandler’ conflicts with ‘zlib output compression’

Nearly Free Speech has been a great hosting service, and they upgrade the stack consistently, which usually doesn't cause problems. But with the most recent upgrade, I started getting the above error. Looks like they turned on compression at the server level, so doing it on each page is redundant. Evidently they announced it on […]

Custom Buttons in the WordPress HTML Editor

I use the WordPress HTML editor exclusively, with the Text Control plugin with no formatting, so the posts contain exactly the markup I want. The editor comes with "Quick Tag" buttons, that let you insert HTML tags with one click, and allows you to add custom buttons. So, for all my code samples, I want […]

Contextual Search Results in WordPress

Michael Tyson had a cool idea: instead of the search results page showing an excerpt of the first words of the post, show an excerpt that contains the search terms and highlight them (say, by making them bold). I thought his method was too complex—it requires replacing your theme's search.php with a custom page, and […]

Replace Text not in Tags

I wanted a way to highlight search terms on the search results page (the way search engines do), by surrounding the text with <span class=whatever></span>, but simply doing preg_replace($re, '<span class=whatever>$0</span>', $text) replaces things inside any HTML tags as well. There are some solutions on the web, but the simplest one I found involves generating […]

Simplifying the Settings API for WordPress

They suckered me into helping redesign the website for my daughter's school (don't worry—if you're looking at it before July 27, 2012 it's not my design), and they wanted to go with a WordPress site so lots of people could edit it easily. It seemed like a good idea, but it took 4 weeks of […]

Changing Images in a PDF

The PHP routines to fill in PDF forms work great, and now my partner wants to use them too. Changing the forms to make the physician name a fill-in field rather than fixed text is easy, but what to do about the signature? It's not like a check; a pixelated image would be fine (I'm […]

New Bing API

I use Bing for the search box on bililite.com, and it's worked well; simple API, no need to create a custom search engine as with Google. Unfortunately, Microsoft is losing almost half a million dollars an hour on Bing, and they want me to make up the difference. Well, not me alone, but they are […]