Update 1 to Breadcrumb NavXT Premium Extensions

The current three premium extensions to Breadcrumb NavXT, Breadcrumb NavXT WPML Extensions, Breadcrumb NavXT Menu Magic, and Breadcrumb NavXT Title Trixx, have received their first update. In the initial release there was a deficiency in the user interface for activating the license key for receiving plugin updates.

The defect forced users to enter their license key, then save the settings, and then activate the license key. Any deviations caused the license to not activate. This has been corrected in the latest release of Breadcrumb NavXT WPML Extensions, Breadcrumb NavXT Menu Magic, and Breadcrumb NavXT Title Trixx.

Users with valid and activated license keys should receive an update notification within the WordPress dashboard and be able to use the update mechanism to update (just like with any plugin in the WordPress.org repository).

Visit the Breadcrumb NavXT Premium Extension Store to check out all of the updated premium extensions.

-John Havlik

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WP Lynx 1.0.0

Presenting WP Lynx 1.0.0, the first major refactoring of WP Lynx. This version prominently features a new Lynx Print adding interface which mimics the new WordPress media manager. In addition to this new interface, the plugin’s internals were reorganized to match the plugin base layout style implemented in modern versions of Breadcrumb NavXT. Also new, WP Lynx now includes minimized script and style files. Lastly, the maximum number of redirects the page scraper will follow is user configurable.

On the bug fix front, this version has code that should prevent instances of Lynx Prints being added within existing Lynx Prints in a post (aka prevents Lynx Printception).

You can grab the latest WP Lynx on the WP Lynx WordPress.org plugin page.

-John Havlik

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An Update on WP Lynx 1.0.0

This has taken much longer than originally expected, but a new version of WP Lynx is finally nearing completion. All of the issues for the 1.0.0 milestone have been closed, and the SVN trunk has been updated with a preview release. The release of WP Lynx 1.0.0 is slated for the end next week. Much of the plugin has been rewritten and reorganized for this release. The largest user facing change is a major update to the Lynx Print adding interface. See below for a screenshot of the new Lynx Print interface.

WP Lynx 1.0.0 Lynx Print Adding Screen

The new Lynx Pring Adding Screen

-John Havlik

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Trimming Breadcrumb Title Lengths With CSS

While Breadcrumb NavXT has a setting for specifying the maximum length of a breadcrumb title, this feature has shortcomings. Namely, it does not handle HTML elements gracefully. This has been looked into in the past and is not an easy thing to fix. Additionally, from a semantical point of view, the breadcrumb trail markup should never be truncated. Thus, it is recommended that you do not use the “Max Title Length” setting. In fact, this setting will be deprecated in Breadcrumb NavXT 5.2, and removed in 5.3.

CSS offers a better solution, which will not leave you with garbled and/or truncated HTML tags, should they exist in your tile. This guide will show a way of keeping your breadcrumbs to a reasonable length without using the “Max Title Length” setting.

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Netgear AirCard 340u (aka AT&T Beam) on Linux

Lately, I’ve found attempting to do web development on a local environment without Internet access while travelling just doesn’t cut it anymore. This is especially true for long roadtrips. Rather than dealing with tethering or a mobile hotspot, I decided to spring for a Netgear AirCard 340u. For GSM networks in the US, it happens to be the best USB wireless broadband modem currently available. It supports everything from GPRS through LTE on what appears to be most of the bands AT&T and T-Mobile currently use (a true rarity, though I can not confirm support of LTE on band 2 (1900MHz PCS), I do get T-Mobile LTE in Twin Cities).

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