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Vincent Pickering is a Service Designer & UI/UX Consultant, based in Leeds, U.K.

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If you look above this note, you should see I am now supporting the intended audience Microformat. The only downside, at this time, is that I haven’t seen a Micropub client offer this option.

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#UX tip. Get a user to describe a screen to you. Make notes on the order in which they describe the functionality. Where proceedural screes are concerned I am noticing, users describe what they see on screen in the order they would naturally process the transaction or operation.

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Sat down to do New Zealand planning and disappeared down a rabbit hole of trying to discern what electric gadgets I own will work abroad and what wont. Fun times.

After months of unpicking my life intertwined in Google. I’ve finally deleted my account. One step closed to owning all my own data. #SiloQuit #Indieweb

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Had some free time today to fix the bugs in my JSON feeds. They should all validate and have the correct information in each field. I was accidentally outputting some of the fields in the wrong places causing some interesting errors!

Hurray! Finally in the UK we get season 3 of The Expanse today. Looking forward to catching up on the series and more regular watching now its on Amazon Prime.

Last night I finished implementing the latest updates to the website design. Micropub content is far better integrated. I also took the time to fix my Microformats implementation, I had several bugs in the old code that were causing issues in Webmentions displaying.

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Personal

I’ve spent much of 2018 making preparations to move my family to New Zealand. My wife and I fell in love with NZ a long time ago and have dreamt of moving for some time. In February we spent a month touring both islands (with a short stop in Singapore). This trip wholeheartedly cemented our desire to move and we resolved to make it happen.

Almost a year later (April 2019) and if all goes to plan, we will have left our old life behind in the UK to begin anew in the friendliest, prettiest place on this earth and I can’t wait.

Projects

There is a lot happening in my life but I am still resolving to finish my IndieWeb implementation and port the site to Eleventy by the end of 2019. If I find some spare hours in the day, I’ll turn Mastr Cntrl in to Lambda functions too!

Professional Work

I will no longer be accepting new contracts in 2019. Running my current contract until it expires before we leave for NZ and my new full time job. If you were hoping I could provide assistance and support to your business in 2019 there are some great people I can recommend who offer similar services. Look them up :-)

2019 is going to be bloody brilliant.

Last night I managed to successfully implement another IndieWeb feature a Media endpoint to the blog.

A Media endpoint allows you to upload data to your website, usually in practice it is used for photo posts but you could use it to upload files if you wished. This will now give me the option to post images here on the blog instead of Instagram, which I would like to quit using.

In practice it wasn’t as complicated as I thought it might be to implement. This is how it works.

  1. The endpoint needs to authenticate with IndieAuth.
  2. Once authenticated it accepts an image URL encoded, as per spec.
  3. The image is stored in memory.
  4. The code then responds to the file sender with a location for where the image will be located.
  5. The image is then base 64 encoded and POST’ed in to the Github API with a unique filename.
  6. The endpoint returns complete.

The Sender acquires the file location for the photo and runs through it sequentially for multiple photos. It then sends the location string(s) along with the other JSON data.

I extended my note formatter to accommodate photos and output the photo location and alternate text for each image in to the Frontmatter for the post.