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How InvalidTag Destroyed My Morning

Incorrectly Blaming TinyMCE for My InvalidTag Problems

My entire morning was wasted on a perplexing little problem I was having trying to get TinyMCE to embed YouTube videos for one of my clients. I must have tried a gazillion different little hacks, mods and anything I could think of, but each time I hit the submit button, it seems as if the <object> and <embed> tags were being converted to <InvalidTag>. No matter what settings I used in the TinyMCE init script, it still was converting these tags. Guess what? It wasn't TinyMCE at all. It was ColdFusion all along! Go figure.

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Google Has Ignored the Keywords META Tag for Years

Major Search Engines Ignore the Keywords META tag.

For years, I've been using a few online tools to analyze my web pages to check for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). I've always suspected that page content was more important than anything you could ever place in the META tags, but today I was sent an article that put my suspicion to rest. On the Google Webmaster Central Blog there's an article from September 21st, 2009 titled "Google does not use the keywords meta tag in web ranking".

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Installing Railo 3.1 On Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

A Step-By-Step Guide To Install Railo Server 3.1 On Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

When I was ready to install Railo server I hit up google to see how you would go about installing it on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). There wasn't a lot out there. Actually, there was only one good article I could find, but it didn't allow me to do everything. I've decided to post the steps I took to install Railo Server on my Apple G4 running Mac OS 10.5 Leopard. But first, I have to give credit where credit is due. I based this entire article on what I found here at Luis F. Majano's blog. Everything is built upon this post. Thanks Luis!

My Goal

The goal of this install is to get Railo running on my server and to have all web files located in a common folder and accessible from the outside internet. I need to do this, so my clients can check their site as I am developing them. I have not tried installing PHP or Adobe ColdFusion server along side Railo. This is something I may look into down the road.

My Setup

  • Here's a quick list of my setup:
  • Apple G4 Server running Mac OS X 10.5.8
  • Railo 3.1.1 w/Resin for Apache (
  • MySQL 5.1.38 (This is not really important for this tutorial, just listing what I'm using)


You are going to need to have a text-editor of some sort, I use BBEdit. It allows me to edit hidden/protected files, by providing my Admin password. I'm going to assume that you can figure out how to edit these files if you plan on using something else. You are going to need to use the (don't be scared, I'm by no means a Terminal master). And finally, you are going to need to have XCode installed on your development machine in order to make the install the Railo Apache connector. And lastly, you need to be logged in as an Administrator. I don't think this will work, if you cannot do this.

This may seem obvious to some, but just in case, you also need to have Apache running. To do this, you need to open up System Preferences > Sharing. Make sure that Web Sharing is checked. You can test if Apache is working by pointing your web browser to your server (localhost or if it's on the machine locally) and see if you get the default Apache welcome screen. If it is, your ready to roll. If it's not, then you need to get that working before you can continue.

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CSS Pulldown Menu Displays Behind An Element (or Picture) in IE7

Problems with css menu items hiding behind elements in Internet Explorer 7 (ie7)

Holy moly, this one was a doozy. I was just about to go live with a site that I've been working on when my client informed me that my nifty CSS Pulldown menu wasn't working properly in ie7. The "pulldown" portion of the menu was being obscured by other elements on the page. It works perfectly in the usual suspects (Safari, FireFox and even ie8). After a day and a half of searching and trying a multitude of tricks I finally stumbled across a very elegant and simple solution.

First of all let me give credit where credit is due. I did not come up with this solution, I found it here on Jonathan Stegall's blog. And a big thanks goes out to him for providing the answer. I won't go into a lot of the details, visit Jonthan's site for that, but I wanted to post the solution on my site mainly so I can reference it myself in the future.

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Use jQuery to Queue Your Animations

Using jQuery's ready() method and callback functions to get your animations to queue smoothly

One of my long time followers and most likely my biggest fan, ran into a little jQuery problem the other day and e-mailed me to see if I could help out. Here's what he had to say:

I am trying to get jQuery to do a fade, a slideDown, and a fade. I need to delay each by a few seconds, or ideally have them trigger after the previous effect completes. I can't seem to figure it out. Your an awesome guy, think you can help out?

The secret to getting me to look at something is to call me "Awesome"!

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