It’s Movable Type Fun Day!
First start with Paul’s account of switching from .html file extensions to .php, and how gracefully MT handled the transition. Even existing off-site bookmarks don’t break!
Then head over to Scott’s place to read up on how he managed to wrangle Movable Type into producing human-friendly, meaningful URLs instead of the arbitrary sequential URLs that MT ships with. Fun!
Then take a look at the URL attached to this post (click the title), and rejoice for I too have switched to more meaningful URLs. Except… oh wait. Look at that. No I haven’t.
The intent is there, but instead of something nice and tidy like http://www.mezzoblue.com/2003/07/25/movable_type_fun_day/ my server spits out a bunch of extra crud and delivers the far worse http://www.mezzoblue.com/cgi-bin/mt/mezzo/ (pause for breath) archives/2003/07/25/movable_type_fun_day/default.asp. Sigh. I know how to fix this: migrate to PHP. Guess what the chances are of that happening soon? It’s back to the drawing board for me. Apologies to those who are reading my RSS feed, it’ll get worse before it gets better.
The bright side though is that I finally put together a swanky ‘recent comments’ page so that I (and you) can keep track of who’s saying what where on this site. It’ll step out of beta as soon as I can figure out how to link it in on the right sidebar.
further update: Damn it all anyway. Instead of break anyone’s new bookmarks over the weekend, I went ahead and reverted to the old filename system, so the above is no longer relevant. I’ll leave it up as an explanation of my file system, mainly for my own reference.