This week marks what is, to me, a momentous occasion: I can now use formatting quicktags in WordPress.

To some of you this may seem like a crazy thing to say but if you’re a Safari user like me, you know that it wasn’t until the most recent release of WP (2.0.6) that quicktags have been available to Safari users.

(If you’re still living under a rock, Safari is Mac OS X’s built-in web browser. Yes, I use a Mac; leave the platform wars elsewhere.)

I’d tried installing the WYSIWYG plug-in but had had no luck in getting it to work which I assumed was due to my own incompetence, but now I know that my incompetence had nothing to do with it…which makes me a happy bunny.

I know that in the grand scheme of things it isn’t a big deal, but if it means that I won’t have to refer to the various HTML “cheat sheets” I keep handy so I don’t have to manually code things like image links and the like, it’s a big win as far as I’m concerned.

Now, I can click a button and have things like:

  • Bullets
  • Quotes

    and Bold

    without having to spend time trying to remember what code is used for which.

    Okay, I’ll admit that it’s easy enough to remember HTML for bold and italic, but that’s not the point. Sure, it’s somewhat lazy - after all, we’re not talking about a lot of typing effort - but as far as I’m concerned anything that streamlines the creating process is A Good Thing.

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