Thursday, January 3, 2008

Blogger template - Where did that quickedit icon go?

pencil icon, that"s clickable to start editing the post

Sometime between back then and now, some of the icons on my blog have disappeared. I do not always catch a change just when it happens and often I give it a chance to come back by itself since it can be cause by some intermittent problem. This is one of those problems, where I after some time have to look into it. When you're logged into blogger there used to be an edit for quickedit, which is nice so that I start edit right away when I spot a typo or wants to update a post. Alternative I have to go through posts and pick the right one, which is much more troublesome. Here's a snippet from my current template of where it's inserted:

  813                 <b:includable id='postQuickEdit' var='post'>
  814                   <b:if cond='data:post.editUrl'>
  815                     <span expr:class='"item-control " + data:post.adminClass'>
  816                       <a expr:href='"http://www2.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=591744930960839717&amp;amp;postID=" + data:post.id' expr:title='data:top.editPostMsg'>
  817                         <span class='quick-edit-icon'>EDIT
  818                           &#160;
  819                         </span>
  820                       </a>
  821                     </span>
  822                   </b:if>
  823                 </b:includable>

That's right there's no <img../> tag. When I started using blogger I was puzzled by who these icons magically appeared, and found that it was controlled by CSS depended on whether you were logged in or not. Do notice the character entity &#160;(the ISO 8859-1 Symbol Entities for non-breaking space). I added the EDIT some time ago to give myself something to click.

The CSS file that defined this is (was) http://www.blogger.com/css/blog_controls.css, as the comment in top says:

 /*
-----------------------------------------------
Quick Edit and Delete Comment Icons
----------------------------------------------- */

/* Hide it now, show it later with dynamically-generated CSS */
.item-control {
   display:none;
}

.item-control a, .item-action a {
   text-decoration:none !important;
}

.widget-item-control {
  float: right;
}

.icon-action {
  border-style: none !important;
  margin: 0 0 -5px 0.5em !important;
}

.delete-comment-icon {
   background: url("/img/icon_delete13.gif") no-repeat left;

   /* makes a 14x14 box */
   padding:7px;
}

/* Mobile video tags shown on handhelds only.
   All others get regular video tags. */
@media all {
  .BLOG_mobile_video_class {
    display:none;
  }
}

@media handheld {
  .BLOG_mobile_video_class {
    display:inline;
  }
  .BLOG_video_class {
    display:none;
  }
}

At first I was sure that it was my own fault, that I during one of my minor updates to my template had removed or spoiled something. But the markup source showed that it was okay.

I found the answer in Quick edit icon is gone from the Blogger Help Group. Blogger has changed this so that now I do have to add the icon by explicit markup to http://www.blogger.com/img/icon18_edit_allbkg.gif (pencil icon), so now my template contains:

  926                 <b:includable
  927                   id='postQuickEdit'
  928                   var='post'>
  929                   <b:if cond='data:post.editUrl'>
  930                     <span expr:class='"item-control " + data:post.adminClass'>
  931                       <a
  932                         expr:href='"http://www2.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=591744930960839717&amp;amp;postID=" + data:post.id'
  933                         expr:title='data:top.editPostMsg'>
  934                         <span class='quick-edit-icon'>
  935                           <img
  936                             src="http://www.blogger.com/img/icon18_edit_allbkg.gif"
  937                             alt="pencil icon, that's clickable to start editing the post"
  938                             style="border: 0px" />
  939                         </span>
  940                       </a>
  941                     </span>
  942                   </b:if>
  943                 </b:includable>

There are other icons.

Email this to a friend

Here the template looks like:

  712                         <span class='post-icons'>
  713                           <!-- email post links -->
  714                           <b:if cond='data:post.emailPostUrl'>
  715                             <span class='item-action'>
  716                               <a expr:href='"http://www2.blogger.com/email-post.g?blogID=591744930960839717&amp;amp;postID=" + data:post.id' expr:title='data:top.emailPostMsg'>
  717                                 <span class='email-post-icon'>
  718                                   &#160;
  719                                 </span>
  720                               </a>
  721                             </span>
  722                           </b:if>
  723                           <!-- quickedit pencil -->
  724                           <b:include data='post' name='postQuickEdit'/>
  725                         </span>

And I need to and an image tag to http://www.blogger.com/img/icon18_email.gif (envelope icon), like for the quickedit.

Delete comment and Delete backlink

For some reason the change isn't consequent, since these two icons are still served the old way - see the CSS listed above where the class delete-comment-icon adds a background image from http://www.blogger.com/img/icon_delete13.gif . The template fragments are:

  746                 <b:includable id='commentDeleteIcon' var='comment'>
  747                   <span expr:class='"item-control " + data:comment.adminClass'>
  748                     <a expr:href='data:comment.deleteUrl' expr:title='data:top.deleteCommentMsg'>
  749                       <span class='delete-comment-icon'>
  750                         &#160;
  751                       </span>
  752                     </a>
  753                   </span>
  754                 </b:includable>

and for delete backlink:

  791                 <b:includable id='backlinkDeleteIcon' var='backlink'>
  792                   <span expr:class='"item-control " + data:backlink.adminClass'>
  793                     <a expr:href='data:backlink.deleteUrl' expr:title='data:top.deleteBacklinkMsg'>
  794                       <span class='delete-comment-icon'>
  795                         &#160;
  796                       </span>
  797                     </a>
  798                   </span>
  799                 </b:includable>

Here's a example of how three of these icons are placed on one of my posts:

screendump showing a partial blogpost with the icons for edit, email friend and delete backlink

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