11ty Footnotes

by Jay Cuthrell
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Feedback is a gift. I’ve been collecting a growing amount of reader feedback as I’ve shifted from various newsletter platforms to my evolving POSSE approach.

Getting Informed

Readability has been one aspect of the newsletter that has suffered at various times between platforms, plugins, and placement of links.

Hey, your links are harder to read than they were before.

What did you do to the links in this email??


Readers, I’ve heard you loud and clear. So, I am adding back: FOOTNOTES [1]

Wait. Does this mean Fudge Sunday is re-platforming again? Not really, but to say I’m rethinking my toolchain is probably a fair summary.

At a minimum, I’m aware that some of the past use of plugins, features, and functionality of past platforms is where my accessibility challenges have compounded. For the sake of simplicity, I believe footnotes will strike a balance between the web and email reader needs going forward.

Thankfully, finding a footnotes plugin within the 11ty community was a quick search away [2]. Of course, now I’m inspired to do better with my accessibility for the entire archive of Fudge Sunday.

My next project task for the newsletter will be a more formal harvesting of all the markdown links I’ve used. Also, some of the older richer media enclosures and images have fallen prey to DNS changes and entire platforms going offline.

Graphics in newsletters delivered by email are still a challenge. Source code snippets in newsletters delivered by email are also still a challenge.

Then again, I’ve noticed that the count of new subscribers via regular email and via LinkedIn Newsletters increases at roughly the same rates. I’ve yet to go viral [3].

Until then…

Travel Note for SxSW 2024

I’m going to SxSW 2024.

Will you be at SxSW 2024 too?

If so – let’s catch up in the real world.

I’m also publishing my SxSW 2024 schedule picks (so far).


I am linking to my disclosure.

p.s. As I’ve gotten older, I have come to appreciate getting snail mail. If you have time to drop me a postcard that would be amazing. ✉️

  1. Yes. Footnotes. At the risk of going full academic mode and the Eternal September of layout lamentations i.e. I am going to bring back the humble footnote. Thank you to Molly White and M.G. Siegler for making judicious use of footnotes look marvelous. ↩︎

  2. There is something to be said for standing on the shoulders of giants and the eleventy-plugin-footnotes helped me get this post created. Thank you Kitty Giraudel! ↩︎

  3. I signed up for Google Alerts and big thanks to /r/devopsish for the shoutout. ↩︎


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