More able type

I like to think of myself as a more able type of fellow – though with a growing tendency to be helpless, especially when it comes to hardware malfunctions. I reckon I should be able to figure out new versions of software or new programs to do reasonably straightforward things (that doesn’t include MS Access!).
But moving the whole body of Nature Network’s blogs to a new platform has been a massive project for the NN tech people, and it seemed likely that some glitches might occur. So it was with some trepidation that this morning I have logged in and had a little poke around the new site, and the new blogging software, Movable Type (MT4).
Happy to report that I am mostly OK with it. A little confused initially – links and buttons aren’t quite where they used to be – but I’m finding my way around. It is lovely to have a WYSIWYG environment for typing blog posts. I know some have some had logging glitches and there are a few mostly cosmetic issues, but it seems to have a remarkably successful transfer. Well done to the tech gods of Nature!
It seems appropriate to be celebrating movable type on World Book Day though confusingly it is only World Book Day in the UK and Ireland, the rest of the world celebrate it on 23rd April (when we in England are busy not celebrating St George’s day).
An interesting audio celebration of the book has been posted by UCL to mark the publication of The Oxford Companion to the Book (a meta-book if ever there was one): The Future of the book .

About Frank Norman

I am a librarian in a biomedical research institute. I've been around a few years, long enough to know that exciting new things fall into the same familiar patterns. I'm interested in navigating a path for libraries as we move further from print to electronic resources to open research, and become more embedded in research workflows.
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2 Responses to More able type

  1. Heather Etchevers says:

    Congratulations on your first MT4 post, Frank! Haven’t figured out how to make my posts rotate yet, though. Have you?

  2. Frank Norman says:

    Thanks, Heather. I think figuring out everything MT4 can do will have my head spinning, I don’t know about my posts though.

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