HTML5Press 2.2

HTML5Press 2.2 is available for download. You can grab it from the HTML5Press page. A detailed list of changes can be found at Github.

Probably the most notable change in 2.2 is the addition of a “follow me” button to the Twitter widget, which you can see in the featured image attached to this post. It’s enabled by default, but can be turned off from the widget options.

Hashtags in the Twitter widget are now clickable, just like links and @names. I committed this change to the original Simple Twitter Widget, created by Matthias Siegel.

I also fixed an issue where small fonts were being applied to any label element, even when label wasn’t being used in a form. This made the title for the new “subscribe widget” from JetPack 1.2 be really small. So those of you using that widget should see an improvement.

Other notable changes:

You can see all the changes at Github. You can download version 2.2 from the HTML5Press page.

Report any issues in the comments on the HTML5Press page or open up an issue at Github.


HTML5Press 2.1

HTML5Press 2.1 is available for download from the HTML5Press page. You can see a detailed list of all the changes between 2.0 and 2.1 on Github.

There were three major additions to HTML5Press 2.1, including fuzzy timestamps, a built-in Twitter widget, and support for WordPress custom backgrounds. Gregory C left a comment a few days ago that made me decide to add support for WordPress custom backgrounds. It was a simple enough thing to add, not sure why I didn’t add support for custom backgrounds earlier.
The featured photo for this post is just a screenshot of the Twitter widget options. That widget may look familiar to you. It’s nothing but a slightly modified version of Simple Twitter Widget by Matthias Siegal. I made some modifications to his plugin to include the HTML5 time element and to also make use of timeago for fuzzy timestamps.

Fuzzy timestamps are global in HTML5Press. Dates/times on posts, pages, comments, and the twitter widget will all be shown as fuzzy timestamps instead of the actual date/time. Mousing over the fuzzy timestamp will reveal the true date/time.

Some other, more minor changes and fixes:

You can download HTML5Press 2.1 from the HTML5Press page or from Github. If you notice anything broken or have any other problems, please start an issue at Github.


HTML5Press: Fuzzy Timestamps with Timeago

I’ve added an option to HTML5Press to enable fuzzy timestamps for posts and pages. Fuzzy timestamps display how long ago an item was published, instead of showing the date and time it was published.

For example, this post about Minus was published on 9/19/2011. Fuzzy timestamps would cause that to be displayed as “3 days ago” instead of showing the actual date. Come tomorrow, that post will show that it was published “4 days ago”.

You can still see the actual date by mousing over the fuzzy timestamp.

Fuzzy timestamps in HTML5Press?

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I implemented this with the timeago jQuery plugin. This feature will be available once HTML5Press 2.1 is released, which will probably be sometime before October. If you’d like to take it for a test drive now, you can download HTML5Press 2.1-rc1 from Github.


HTML5Press 2.0

HTML5Press 2.0 is available for download. Changes from 1.9 to 2.0 include:

  • 40+ Google Web Font choices
  • Built-in Lightbox effect using Slimbox2
  • Smaller post titles to accommodate long post titles
  • New styles for next/prev page links
  • Show page numbers at the top of post index/archive pages

You can find a full list of changes at GitHub. HTML5Press 2.0 can be downloaded from the official HTML5Press page. Please report any issues at the Github issue tracker or in the comments on the HTML5Press page.


Google Web Fonts in HTML5Press

I’ve added 20 Google Web Fonts to HTML5Press. I pretty much just chose 20 fonts at random and went with them. The default font is still Droid Serif. You can choose one of these fonts via the theme options page.
The first 20 fonts are:

Short Stack
Varela Round
Gloria Hallelujah
Sue Ellen Francisco
Nothing You Could Do
Quattrocento Sans
IM Fell Great Primer SC
PT Sans Narrow
Walter Turncoat
Coming Soon

You can see previews of those fonts here.

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If you vote “yes” and have a specific font in mind, please leave a comment here and let me know what font you’d like included. I’d be happy to include any fonts requested.

Oh, and if you’re curious, I’m using the “Gloria Hallelujah” font as of this posting.

UPDATE 9/7/2011: I added 25 more fonts. All ~50 fonts will be available when HTML5Press 2.0 is released. If you’d like to try it early, you can download it from Github.