[Update] This pertains primarily to an older version of my blog. The section permalinks and contribution sections still apply, but there is no longer a search component accessible from other than the Search page. [/Update]
In speaking with someone recently, it was brought up that there were features to this blog that were unknown. While I’m hoping this isn’t the case for any regular readers, I figured it would be worth highlighting some of the potentially lesser-known features here.
Right there, with the “hamburger” icon. You can find links to the series pages, categories I’ve posted in, and the tags I’ve tagged each of my posts with, for correlating related posts.
Ever since it first came to be, this blog has had both a menu and a search fuction. The search took some re-work after a few months of being in limbo after a conversion, but I think it’s fairly useful, as it uses a simple jQuery search against a simple but effective search.json file.
I’ve recently gone through a couple of additions that may be of use to some. I’ve also done some house keeping when it comes to tidying up some of the (lesser used) icons and features (such as removing the no-longer necessary client-side JS hack for the estimated reading time).
GitHub Style Section Links
If you’re familiar with GitHub’s section (header) links that appear on hover, you know that it can be a handy way to link someone to a particular section. Seeing how this is an easy to implement jQuery script, I thought it could be useful to someone or, if not, at least myself. Just hover over the section header (works for header tags
h6) and when you see the hyperlink icon, you know you can right-click and copy the fully qualified URL.
I’ve updated my contribution document and added templates for any Issues or Pull Requests, now that templates are offered for GitHub Issues and Pull Requests. Basically, if you find a typo, you can submit a Pull Request (or just alert me as usual) 😉.
An honorable mention, the tags make for easy searching for related content.
I’m still ironing out the “feature image” aspect of the expanded atom feed which provides the content to Apple News, but for now, the image tiles all are my blog’s background. You can add my blog’s content to Apple News by either tapping the “share” icon and selecting “add to Apple News” or searching for “Eric McCormick’s Development Blog” via the Apple News search.
Adding from mobile Safari:
Searching in Apple News:
All in all, if you get to my blog’s content via a hyperlink, such as a feed reader, an aggregator like PlanetLotus.org, or are just curious, you should have access to my content, wherever you may roam.