If the result list is too large, please consider these hints

  • Reduce the number of websites.
  • Add more keywords.
  • Use quotes for building terms from keywords. For example, the phrase banner image searches for all articles containing both words. However, "banner image" searches for the exact two-word phrase.
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61. 2.64 (2003.05.28)

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 22 KB, 509 words

2.64 (2003.05.28)

• Replaced RSS 0.91 template in default templates with an RSS 2.0 template, from the RSS validator site. (Thanks to the RSS validator folks.) • Fixed some XSS bugs (comments, TrackBack, notification addresses, and search queries). (Reported by Dumky and others) • Fixed width of #content div in Clean stylesheet so that it doesn't require scrolling in Windows IE. • Fixed TrackBack auto-discovery and text filters--auto-discovery is now done against the filtered entry body rather than the unfiltered body. (Timothy Appnel) • Added <q>...

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62. Six Apart - Movable Type News

Six Apart News, News, 16 KB, 772 words


Movable Type 3.01D bug fix release

We've just released Movable Type 3.01D. You can download the new version by logging into your Movable Type Account and using the "download" link for the appropriate license. If you're upgrading from 3.0D, there's no need to run any upgrade script for this release: just upload the files to your server and you should be ready to go!

This release fixes a number of bugs that were present in 3.0D. The lot of it boils down to this: • Comment preview is no longer dropped (see below for instructions) • Default templates now have valid HTML in a few places where they didn't before. • Lots of bugs fixed with export...

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63. BigPAPI

Staggernation, Plugins, 17 KB, 2004 words

Movable Type provides a powerful API that allows developers to extend its functionality. Plugins can add tags to MT's templating system, or create full-fledged applications that interact with the MT database.

One missing piece of the API, however, has been the ability for plugins to modify MT's own interface—the screens you see when using Movable Type to manage your content.

BigPAPI is intended to fill this gap. It provides hooks so that other plugins can access and alter any page of the MT interface before it's displayed to the user. In effect, it enlarges the Plugin API—hence the name BigPAPI.

Unless you're a developer, that's probably all you need to know. The best way to...

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64. Enlarging the MT Edit Windows

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 25 KB, 1300 words

Updated. Originally posted in early 2004.

The template edit windows and the New Entry edit windows in Movable Type can easily be made larger with a simple adjustment.


In the folder that contains your static MT files on your server, open the file style.css in a text editor.

To change the edit-entry window, find the following lines of code:

#edit-entry .full-width { width: 577px; }

Add a height dimension after the width.

#edit-entry .full-width { width: 577px; height: 400px; }

To change the template edit window, find the following lines of code:

#edit-template textarea.wide { width: 618px; }

Add a height dimension after the width.

#edit-template textarea.wide...

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65. Creating Liquid Layouts with Negative Margins

A List Apart, Tutorials, 17 KB, 1874 words

I was recently confronted with the task of creating a two-column liquid layout with a header and footer in which the content needed to come before the sidebar in the source code. I took opportunity to demonstrate an under-used aspect of CSS: negative margins. Negative margins allow us to push the content area away from the sides of the browser, leaving room for the sidebar.

Starting out simple

To show how negative margins can be helpful in creating liquid layouts, let's start by creating a liquid two-column layout with a header and footer. The main content area will be on the left, with the sidebar on the right. This would normally be a very simple process, but we are...

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66. 2.0b2 (2002.02.20)

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 22 KB, 461 words

2.0b2 (2002.02.20)

• Sort categories and authors in power-edit screen. • Changed input box styles back to 20px so that they are not too small in Windows. • Added caching of templates when rebuilding archives; this means that for each archive type, each archive template need only be loaded once. Hopefully this will improve performance. • Fixed bug where Convert Line Breaks setting was not applied to preview page. • Shortened manual split page names so that they don't get truncated. • Export now exports in ascending chronological order....

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67. Six Apart - Movable Type News - Comment spam load issue

Six Apart News, News, 50 KB, 4427 words

Hi everyone, my name is Jay Allen and I am the Product Manager for Movable Type. I'm writing today to address - what else? - comment spam.

This is an issue that, as many of you know, I have spent several thousand waking hours working on since its first appearance back in the fall of 2003, both as the author of MT-Blacklist and as the maintainer of the Comment Spam Clearinghouse. This is an issue which Six Apart takes very seriously, as evidenced not only in the improvements in Movable Type v3.x but also, in some part, by my hiring to this position.

Over the last month, we have been devoting a great deal of resources to solving the comment spam problem once and for...

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68. MT Blogroll 2.01

Movalog, Tutorials, 28 KB, 953 words

UPDATE: I have also updated the template tag reference for Blogroll!

This is an update to fix the DateTime error faced by people from the 3.16 upgrade. I'm still using DateTime (which is included in the full distribution) because I haven't had time to explore MT::DateTime (6A's new replacement module). I have also briefly tested this plugin on Windows machine (albeit on Apache) and so far its been working, those of you on Windows try it out!

I have also fixed the two others bugs raised in the comments, the sorting problem due to upper/lower case links and the "Reset Filter" button. If you have any other bug reports please post them in the comments section or email them to me.

If you haven't upgraded to...

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69. 1.31 (2001.12.13)

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 343 words

1.31 (2001.12.13)

• Fixed nasty bug that occurred when using ``Link this file to a template'' feature, and manifested when rebuilding indexes, causing the rebuild process to hang. • Fixed discepancies in Creating a new blog section in manual. • Fixed typo in search and replace link to export feature. • Fixed bug that occurs when two entry_id input fields are present (because of list vs. scalar context--now force scalar context). • Fixed bug where, after uploading a file without an extra path, its URL would contain an extra forward slash (/) (same with popup HTML URL)....

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70. CSS Design: Going to Print

A List Apart, Tutorials, 23 KB, 2843 words

You've seen them before: links that say "click here for printer-friendly version" or words to that effect. Every time you follow one of those links, you load a separate document that presents exactly the same information with a different layout, and probably different markup.

That means somebody (or a script) had to take the original document and convert it to a stripped-down version that's more suitable for print output. Maybe that somebody was even you.

Print style sheets to the rescue

One of the wonderful things about CSS is that it allows authors to create media-specific styles for a single document. We're pretty used to styling...

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71. Dynamic Text Replacement

A List Apart, Tutorials, 22 KB, 2589 words

Text styling is the dull headache of web design. There are only a handful of fonts that are universally available, and sophisticated graphical effects are next to impossible using only standard CSS and HTML. Sticking with the traditional typefaces is smart for body text, but when it comes to our headings - short, attention-grabbing blocks of text - it would be nice to have some choice in the matter. We've become accustomed to this problem and we cope with it either by making the most of the few fonts we have, or by entirely replacing our heading-text with images.

Most sites that replace text with images do so using hand-made images, which isn't so terrible...

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72. 0.09 (2001.10.06)

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 22 KB, 563 words

0.09 (2001.10.06)

• Improved look and functionality of default templates; also added default templates for all archive types. • Set more default options when creating a new blog or editing 'First Blog'. • Added instructions for exporting NewsPro entries into the correct format; thanks to Jeremy W for sending along the instructions, which are now in the manual. • Added author attribute to MTEntries tag, so you can grab all of the posts by a particular author (can also be combined with category and lastn). (Jeremy W) • In comment notifications, the...

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73. IE7 CSS Updates

MezzoBlue, Tutorials, 15 KB, 887 words

The first IE7 Beta is out. Yes, there are CSS improvements. No, they're not going to change the world.

Yesterday, Microsoft released a beta of the forthcoming Vista operating system, along with the first beta of IE7. Unfortunately, both are only available to MSDN subscribers.

An XP -compatible version is available from a third party if you have a BitTorrent client. This is probably breaking all sorts of terms and conditions though, and likely won't last. Grab it while you can. (Update: Upon further investigation, the site in question is a BitTorrent tracking site with links to all sorts of other copyrighted material. Since an XP-compatible version of the beta...

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74. Recent Comments

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 26 KB, 1090 words

Updated. Originally posted April, 2004

Adding a Recent Comments section to your weblog is easy and straightforward. There are two basic approaches. The first is to list the last N number of recent comments; the second the last N most recently commented on entries.

The most recent comments

In this example of Recent Comments the last 10 comments are listed, regardless of how many times there may have been comments to the same entry. The comment authors names are linked to their respective websites, if they have them, and the entry title is linked to the author's comment in the entry.

For most recent comments like shown in the example to the left, add the following code to the...

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75. Configure Active Plugins

Movalog, Tutorials, 31 KB, 1012 words

I find the Configure Active Plugins list on the MT front page very useful, however this list has been getting longer and longer and I install more and more plugins that register on there. Eventually this bugged me (big surprise eh?) and I decided to move that to its own page. Click the thumbnail to the side for a larger image.

First open up lib/MT/App/ and find around line 40

'list_blogs' => &list_blogs,

and add right underneath it

'list_plugins' => &list_plugins,

Next around line 342 (at the end of sub list_blog) fine

$param{no_breadcrumbs} = 1; $app->build_page('list_blog.tmpl', \%param); }

and add after it

sub list_plugins { my $app = shift;...

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76. Six Apart - Movable Type News - Version 2.51

Six Apart News, News, 13 KB, 221 words

Version 2.51 of Movable Type is now released. This is primarily a bug fix release. See the changelog if you have been experiencing a problem with 2.5 and to determine if it was fixed in 2.51.

This release also adds two new features: • A Windows right-click menu item called "MT It!" allows you to use the bookmarklet from your right-click menu. If you're running Windows, you can add this menu item through the "Set Up Bookmarklets" screen in Movable Type. Thanks to Anil Dash. • An <MTElse> tag that can be used globally to provide an "else" condition for any conditional tag. ( more information) Thanks to Brad Choate.

If you're upgrading from any previous Movable Type release,...

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77. Six Apart - Movable Type News

Six Apart News, News, 14 KB, 340 words


MT & TrackBack in Technology Review

November's issue of MIT's Technology Review contains an article about backlinking -- as well as a mention of TrackBack and some quotes by us. The article is currently premium content, but the author, David F. Gallagher has informed me that it will most probably be available for free some time in the next week.

Posted by Mena at 06:21 PM | Permalink


Version 2.5 and a birthday

Read what we've got to say on the one-year birthday of Movable Type. Then, please fill out a short survey and download version 2.5.

What's new in version 2.5?

Posted by Mena at 10:28 AM |...

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78. 3.17 (2005.06.02)

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 319 words

3.17 (2005.06.02)

• Fixed problem where MT installs at the root of a domain would continually log out the user. • Fixed a bug in nofollow which causes HTML sanitization of everything within an <MTPings> block. • Fixed a bug in mt-db2sql.cgi which caused it to fail in certain situations when subcategories are in use before conversion. • Fixed URL-encoding of uploaded file paths (e.g. images%2fbeach-pic.jpeg)


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79. Supplemental Category Tags

Brad Choate, Plugins, 109 KB, 3662 words

Here's a little plugin that provides some new Category tags for Movable Type.


You can download this plugin from here:


The following are requirements for using this plugin: • Movable Type 2.21 or later • MT-Regex (if using the 'pattern' attribute of the IfCategory or IfPrimaryCategory tag).


To install, place the '' file in your Movable Type...

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80. 2.0b4 (2002.02.25)

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 391 words

2.0b4 (2002.02.25)

• Added border="0" for thumbnail image after choosing popup image; also fixed the invalid XHTML. • Fix thumbnail creation error by providing Image::Magick with the image format on $magick object creation. • Fix bug on category-editing page where an error will be displayed if the user who created a category has been deleted. • When creating a new author, give an error if no password is provided. • Fix bug with Convert Line Breaks being unchecked for pre-2.0 entries even if the default in blog config is set to on. blog • Cache format hashes for dates after creating them....

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