Renovating the cafe

by Russ Roberts on March 9, 2007

in Cafe Conversation

We’ve made some changes to Cafe Hayek. Many thanks to Ben Parizek for technical assistance and execution.

We’ve made Snap optional. Depending on your tastes, Snap is the infuriating or fascinating preview you get when you roll over any link on the page. Some people love it. Some people hate it. So have it your way. If you like it, you can activate it by clicking on the Snap link down near the bottom of the left hand column. If you don’t like it, deactivate it.

We’ve added a drawing of Hayek at the top of the right hand column. Many thanks to reader Ray Gardner for the wonderful illustrations. More coming from time to time. Not sure how we’ll use them but I hope you like them as much as we do. Trying to sort out the legal issues but we’d like to offer some Hayek-illustrated mugs and t-shirts if you’re interested. Just not sure if we have to get permission from the Hayek estate. Free and accurate legal advice much appreciated.

We’ve added a "books we like" feature toward the bottom of the right hand column.

At a reader’s suggestion, we’ve allowed "limited HTML mark-up" in the comments. Is that working?

We’ve added a "Subscribe to EconTalk" option in the left hand column and gotten rid of the little player there.

Let us know what you think of these changes. Other suggestions welcome.

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The Dirty Mac March 9, 2007 at 12:37 pm

I immediately made the drawing of FA Hayek my desktop background.

Tim Lundeen March 9, 2007 at 2:45 pm

Good changes, thanks :-)

Adam March 9, 2007 at 5:26 pm

Thanks for turning Snap off – it drove me nuts. Incidentally, if this is in bold then HTML is working.

robert March 10, 2007 at 12:01 am

Keep the books updated. I always wonder what you guys are reading.

Shakespeare's Fool March 10, 2007 at 1:06 am

Thank you for making Snap optional.
I didn't hate it. I just found it annoying.

Wes Fontana March 10, 2007 at 5:03 pm

What does it say on the napkin in the picture?

Ray G March 10, 2007 at 6:48 pm

"What does it say on the napkin in the picture?"

It's a coded message for "We're going to make the napkin larger."

Bill March 12, 2007 at 6:44 pm

If you can, I prefer to have the main text column width float with the left/right margins fixed.

See Instapundit for an example — as you change the width of the browser window, the 25 or so grey pixels on each side of the main text stay the same size while the actual amount of content changes.

On my 1280×800 laptop screen, cafehayek comes in with about 460 pixels dedicated to blue margin and only 370 to the actual posts.

Russ Roberts March 12, 2007 at 10:07 pm


We're going to work on that. It is not so simple with Typepad's Advanced Template structure.

bondage January 28, 2008 at 7:59 am

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