Not so long ago, I changed the style of this blog to what WordPress call “Twenty ten”.
In most respects I am satisfied with the change. But there are several small but irritating problems. I have found fixes for two of them, and spend the odd half hour going over earlier posts implementing these.
- The <blockquote> tag typesets its contents in italics. I often use it for statements containing mathematical formulae, and these are switched from italic to roman. Jon Awbrey supplied me with the fix for this: I now use <p style="margin-left:30px;"> instead.
- To put text beside a picture, I used two-column tables, which used to work fine. But the new style aligns pictures at the bottom, so the text is forced down below the picture. After several failed experiments, I found the fix on some webpage somewhere. The entry containing the picture should begin <td style="vertical-align:top;">. (I haven’t found out yet how to remove the borders round the tables, though. Default HTML only puts a border if you ask for one.)
Something I read suggests that these are in-line versions of CSS commands, which are permitted by WordPress. I never mastered CSS.
As to the ongoing debate about mathematics in a blog post (Dima recently commented on the fact that WordPress doesn’t allow MathJax), my view remains that I prefer to do the maths in HTML if possible, since then there is no sudden discontinuity in typeface. A mathematical formula is part of a sentence and I prefer to see it as such. Of course there is only so much that you can do.
Another problem I haven’t solved is that tables in this style seem to have a fixed minimum column width which I haven’t been able to change. So tables with many narrow columns look stupid and stick out into the margin. Any ideas?