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Titles all the way

23rd April 2003

I’ve added titles to every single one of my archived blog entries; nearly a thousand of them. It took just over an hour, thanks mainly to my decision a long time ago to use camelCase for my permalinks. I put together a simple tool that displayed un-titled entries, ten at a time, with a suggested title based on the permalink (split in to words and sensibly capitalised). This probably knocked a good 75% off my workload.

Useful tip for web based tools for boring jobs: tabindex is your friend. I set it up so hitting tab would jump straight to the next item’s title entry field (skipping the links in between) and the final tab would jump to the “submit” button at the bottom of the page. Not having to use the mouse at all definitely speeded up the process.

Next break from coursework, I think I’ll have a go at improving the archives.

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