Having your archive and category lists display as combo boxes instead of lists of links is a great way to lessen the clutter on the sidebar of your blog that can sneak up on you. To change the look, see below.

For Categories:

Add the following code to your sidebar where you want your category combo box to be displayed.
Alternatively, you can add it anywhere in your index.php.

<form action="<?php bloginfo('url'); ?>/" method="get">
< ?php
$select = wp_dropdown_categories('show_option_none=Select category&show_count=1&orderby=name&echo=0');
$select = preg_replace("#<select([^>]*)>#", "<select $1 onchange='return this.form.submit()'>", $select);
echo $select;
<noscript><input type="submit" value="View" /></noscript>

For Archives

The directions above in the category section apply also to the archive portion.

<select name="archive-dropdown" onChange='document.location.href=this.options[this.selectedIndex].value;'>
<option value="">< ?php echo attribute_escape(__('Select Month')); ?></option>
< ?php wp_get_archives('type=monthly&format=option&show_post_count=1'); ?> </select>

Note for Screenreader Users

If you’re using a screenreader such as Jaws for Windows or Window Eyes, you’ll need to keep in mind that these are the kind of combo boxes that will refresh the page when you land on an option, so be sure to use the appropriate key command to open the listbox and then arrow down and press enter on your desired option.

Thanks to Jai for providing the code for these, and to Mark at Weblog Tools Collection for pointing me to Jai’s link.

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Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging, and so this is the only blogging I manage to do.

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Friday , August 22, 2008


By Chris Gutierrez





Illegal immigrants are returning home to Mexico in numbers not seen for decades — and the Mexican government may have to deal with a crush on its social services and lower wages once the immigrants arrive.

The Mexican Consulate’s office in Dallas is seeing increasing numbers of Mexican nationals requesting paperwork to go home for good, especially parents who want to know what documentation they’ll need to enroll their children in Mexican schools.

“Those numbers have increased percentage-wise tremendously,” said Enrique Hubbard, the Mexican consul general in Dallas. “In fact, it’s almost 100 percent more this year than it was the previous two years.”

The illegal immigrant population in the U.S. has dropped 11 percent since August of last year, according to the Center for Immigration Studies. Its research shows 1.3 million illegal immigrants have returned to their home countries.

Some say illegal immigrants are leaving because a soft economy has led to fewer jobs, causing many laborers to seek work elsewhere.

Others argue that a tough stance on immigration through law enforcement has spread fear throughout the illegal population.

“There’s no question there’s a variety of suggestions that people are in fact returning,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “Remittances, which is the money immigrants send home to Mexico, have gone down dramatically over the past year. Again, probably part the economy, but also part enforcement, leading to fewer people being here.”

Advocates for immigrants are disturbed by the trend. Albert Ruiz, an organizer for the League of United Latin American Citizens, agrees that more undocumented immigrants are going home — but says families are being torn apart in the process.

If a father is deported, Ruiz says, his family members in America are forced either to fend for themselves or follow him to a country where they’ve never even lived.

“So the mother is saying we should return home with the breadwinner of the family to Mexico, and the children are saying, I don’t want to leave, I’m a U.S. citizen, I don’t know that country,” said Ruiz.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon plans to help returning nationals by providing food, medical care and temporary shelter if needed. But reports are already out in Mexico that the large number of illegal immigrants returning home could drive down wages and put pressure on social services — the same concerns many Americans have with illegals living and working in the U.S.


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It’s Monday morning, and I’m up at 0:dark:30, so while the coffee’s brewing, I’ll go ahead and update. The weekend was restful, if too short. I spent it reading, (currently, I’m making my way through the Harry Potter series, and I should probably update the bookshelf on the sidebar to reflect this), and lounging around for the most part. I played the 24 Drinking Game with Wil and Denise on Saturday night, but Denise and I drank Mountain Dew instead because I needed to get up earlier than I normally would on the weekend and Denise has been babysitting for the last week. But we had fun all the same. I’ve purchased myself a Haupauge USB TV tuner for the office, so I can watch TV in there between calls. I’m really liking it so far. It seems to be accessible for the most part, with the exception of the initial scan for channels. Once you’ve scanned for channels, you have the ability to type the channel number and it will take you to that channel. I’m thinking of bringing the digital cable box from the bedroom into the office and hooking that up so I can see how the tuner handles it. But I suppose I’ll have to clear some space off the other desk for it before doing that. I’ve been thinking of getting myself a coffee grinder and switching from canned/packed coffee to coffee beans. This would give me an opportunity to experiment with different flavors if I so chose, and freshly ground coffee always tastes better, at least to me, anyway. I’d also love to get my hands on one of those eight-in-one George Forman grills that’s a griddle and toaster oven and a few other things in one, as well as a blender. I found a book in my collection of cookbooks with nothing but chicken salad recipes in it, so I plan on experimenting with some of those too. The coffee’s done, so I’ll end this for now. Until next time.

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Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging, and so this is the only blogging I manage to do.

  • 00:08 New blog post: Happenings customerservant.com/?p=3781
  • 08:19 Think I could do with a real Irish coffee.
  • 12:48 Wow. I go through my inbox and there are a ton of DMs from Twitter.
  • 12:48 Everyone who didn’t get a reply to your DM, sorry.
  • 23:41 Fell asleep earlier. Did not mean to sleep as long as I did.

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