Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Teknikul Difficulties

I've been having various small computer-related difficulties lately, so I figured I'd put it all out there to ya'll, and some genius would have the answers for me.

Number One: Since I switched to Firefox, I can't get video clips to play. Or rather, sometimes they will, but more often, they won't. Not QT, and not WMP. I figure it's some script-permission thing? Anyone know how to tell FF it's okay to play vid clips?

Number Two: Since my comment system, BlogBack, is going away quite soon, I'm trying to export the comments as an XML file. Blogback is set up to do that, but I keep getting this error message when I try. "XML Parsing Error: not well-formed"
That seems unnecessarily nasty, but I have no idea what it actually means. I don't know jack about XML, so use small, simple words in any instructions you give me.

Number Three: This is a Blogger issue, and yes, I've looked in the Help section. Since I now have to use the Blogger comment system, I want it to look like the BlogBack one, where the comments appear in a pop-up window. However, even though I have supposedly enabled that function - it's not happening. Yes, I've cleared my cache file. Hell, I've rebooted. No dice.

Any suggestions?


Mistress Matisse said...


flaime said...

Blogger comments seem to be working now...
As to videos not playing...for QT, you need to download the QT plugin and install it for Firefox. No idea on WMV, as I would assume if you have Windows Media Player installed, they should play. Your alternative is to download WinAmp and install and configure it to run windows media files.

stacy said...

Re: pop-up comments. Did you read this page?

It looks like you might just need to swap out some code in your template.

If you still have problems, I would email support

Howlin' Hobbit said...

XML is stricter about syntax and such than HTML. It's hard to put it into "25 words or less" but basically it boils down to:

1. The tags have to be properly nested.
2. If there's a definition document (DTD) or schema than the XML has to follow the format the DTD/schema lays out.
3. The document cannot contain certain characters (characters in the range [#x7F-#x9F] other than as character escapes) I suspect this one might be the trip up as I've had no end of grief with them when playing with XML and PHP on my web site.

Here's a pretty good article on the subject: