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WordPress plugin: I cannot praise Visual Editor Custom Buttons highly enough.

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This plugin has changed my whole posting experience.

Quick background: Because Leif & Thorn has a multilingual cast, the different languages are indicated by different fonts in-strip, and different colors in the transcripts. The colors are put in by wrapping the dialogue in a bit of custom CSS styles. So far, so good.

The catch is, it was incredibly tedious to copy & paste the HTML. Beginning of every line needed a tag pasted in, end of every line needed a tag pasted in, any mid-line uses of a different language needed both tags pasted on either side…it was mind-numbing. I was always looking for reasons to avoid doing it. Say, if a strip was all Sønheim natives speaking Sønska, readers could probably sort out “everyone understands everything” without an extra layer of disambiguation…right?

And then. And then, Visual Editor Custom Buttons.

I went searching for a plugin like this a while back with no success, but a couple months ago the frustration built to a point where I had to do it again, and wham, there it was. Now when I post a new comic, the text editor looks like this:

Under the standards like bold, italics, and links, behold: the humble custom buttons for Ceannic, Sønska, and that most inscrutable of languages, “spoilers.”

(…no, that’s just the spoiler-cut code. Which is functional thanks to another incredibly useful plugin, Inline Spoilers.)

And here’s the visual editor for the same strip, with an all-new row of neat little graphics:

That plus sign was one of the prepackaged Custom Button options. Nice and intuitive for “this is a section you’ll have to expand.” Sadly, the plugin didn’t come with any obvious “designate this as one of your fantasy conlangs” icons. So I whipped a couple up.

Guys, this is great. Highlight, click, done. I’m putting the language encoding on every strip now, not even bothered, it’s that easy.

Now, granted, I don’t know any other WordPress users with the specific fantasy-conlang issue. But if you do absolutely anything that requires a lot of tedious copying & pasting of matching bits of code, go get Visual Editor Custom Buttons. It’ll change your world.

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