Per MS-potilas's suggestion, I have changed inComm so that it loads the smallest available image of comment authors to help avoid situations where there is a wait while very large author images load. I also changed the default image from a blank one to the standard Blogger "B", and I added a variable that lets you change the default avatar image in the code to whatever you want (by changing the value of inCommAvatarURI).
Reminder: To get the new functionality, you must remove your currently installed inComm widget, then install the new version.
By the way, if you want top quality Blogger widgets and template modifications for your Blogger blog, please visit MS-potilas's blog, Yet Another Blogger Tips Blog. MS-potilas made a recent comments widget that could display author images before they were included in the official Blogger comment feeds.
1. Author Images: Blogger feeds now have author images in them for everyone but anonymous commenters and Name/URL commenters, and I have changed the default Display Code for Last Comments 1.2 to show those images if available. If you liked the gadget better without the images showing and were using the default Display Code, all you have to do is edit the gadget and enter the following into slot #5:
S lwAa*_wrote: Cc lwPpon_*
I also made some other little changes. The configuration page has been revamped so that each configuration option that I can control is numbered (the title and height options on the configuration page are controlled by Blogger). I also changed the default number of characters to 160 per comment instead of 60. And I added six new Separator Lines; originally there was only one that you activated by entering S0. Now you can enter S0 up to S7 to choose between dotted, dashed, solid, double, grooved, ridge, inset, and outset types, or you can stick with S for the Separator Bar over the top of comments, which is the default still.
If you don't know what inComm is or what it is for, let me explain. InComm is a widget for Blogger that allows the comments on your blog to be displayed beneath your posts without readers having to view individual posts separately. The presentation of the comments can also be customized in almost any way you want using CSS and HTML.
Even better, inComm is easier than ever to add to your blog! Just click the button on the installation page and follow the instructions to get inComm up and running on your blog in seconds.
Customization continues to be manual for now, but the default settings are up to 25 comments and the color and styles you see on this blog. If you want help changing the look of inComm for the time being, please contact me about it or leave a comment here.
Also, if you need help removing the old version from your blog template (which is highly recommended), let me know. This version requires no manual template modification whatsoever, making it accessible to nearly everyone. Even uninstallation of this version is as simple as clicking the remove button. So go ahead and give it a try! You have nothing to lose.
Overall, please enjoy!
I also updated the web fonts the gadget is capable of using to include all 302 fonts currently available at the Google Web Fonts catalog. To tell the gadget to use one of these web fonts, you need to edit your template's HTML or use the Template Designer to set the first font listed for the body of your blog to the web font of your choice. The template editing process is actually very easy.
Simply click on the Design button on the navbar at the top-right of your blog. That should take you to the Template configuration options page where you can click on Edit HTML. Click on Edit HTML and then click on Proceed to continue to the template editor. Once you see your template in a large text box, scroll down in the text box just a bit until you find the tag that starts with <Variable name="body.font"
Inside that tag is an attribute called value which you will add the name of the web font of your choice to. For example, if you want the Last Comments gadget to use the Lobster Two web font instead of Arial, all you need to do is insert 'Lobster Two', in front of the word Arial, like so (the insertion is in blue):
<Variable name="body.font" description="Font" type="font"
default="normal normal 12px Arial, sans-serif" value="normal normal 12px 'Lobster Two', Arial, sans-serif"/>
Whichever font is listed first in that place will be the font that Last Comments tries to use to display text. After you have added the web font to the front of the font list like in the example, you can click the Preview button to instantly see the results. Make sure you spelled the font name correctly if it doesn't work. If you like what you see in the preview, click Save template to keep the changes.
These updates affect all three versions of the gadget. I hope that helps some of you.