Archived posts, August 2004

Speed up your web pages

Ten ways to speed up the download time of your web pages.

Posted on August 2, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web General

Competent Classing

Some tips on using classes and IDs efficiently.

Posted on August 3, 2004 in (X)HTML, CSS, Quicklinks

Clickable Link Backgrounds

A nice way of making background images in lists clickable.

Posted on August 3, 2004 in CSS, Quicklinks

Document Outline Panel

A Firefox extension that displays an outline of the current document.

Posted on August 3, 2004 in Browsers, Quicklinks

Web accessibility in the EU

An assessment of accessibility and standards conformance in four EU countries.

Posted on August 3, 2004 in Accessibility, Quicklinks, Web Standards

Adapting print design skills for the Web

Some things to consider for print designers moving to the web.

Posted on August 3, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web General

Stop IE flicker

A way of preventing annoying flicker in IE.

Posted on August 3, 2004 in CSS, Quicklinks, Web General

The title attribute

A discussion on when to use the title attribute.

Posted on August 3, 2004 in Accessibility, Quicklinks, Usability

IA and CSS

A presentation held at Web Visions 2004.

Posted on August 3, 2004 in Quicklinks, Usability, Web General, Web Standards

Seven Deadly Markup Sins

Common markup mistakes, why they can cause problems, and how to fix them.

Posted on August 3, 2004 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks, Web Standards

Serif vs sans serif

Are serif or sans serif fonts best for body copy on the web?

Posted on August 3, 2004 in Quicklinks, Usability, Web General

Headings and document structure

Discussions on the use of XHTML heading elements.

Posted on August 4, 2004 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks, Web Standards

ASP.NET Hall of Fame

A directory of standards compliant sites developed in ASP or ASP.NET.

Posted on August 4, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

:hover Considered Harmful

Does :hover really belong in CSS?

Posted on August 5, 2004 in CSS, JavaScript, Quicklinks

SimpleQuiz Part XVII: Addresses

A discussion on the best way of marking up an address.

Posted on August 5, 2004 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks

Most Common CSS Problems

A discussion on common problems, frustrations and misunderstandings with CSS-based layout.

Posted on August 5, 2004 in CSS, Quicklinks

Joe Does the Movies

Accessible movie reviews and an example of an advanced, accessible table.

Posted on August 5, 2004 in Accessibility, Quicklinks

Vertical centering using CSS

Several methods for vertical centering with CSS.

Posted on August 5, 2004 in CSS, Quicklinks

Designing Data

A two-part article on styling tables with CSS.

Posted on August 5, 2004 in (X)HTML, CSS, Quicklinks

New XHTML 2 working draft

The next generation markup language.

Posted on August 6, 2004 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks

Defensive Design, Part 1

Designing defensively by using elastic design.

Posted on August 6, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web General

Reading Online Text

A study of how margins and leading affect online reading performance.

Posted on August 6, 2004 in Quicklinks, Usability

Free Menu Designs

Simple and ready-to-use CSS menu designs.

Posted on August 6, 2004 in CSS, Quicklinks

Back online

Before my vacation started, I told myself I needed to take a break from this site as well as from…

Posted on August 7, 2004 in Site news

Consensus and dissidence

A comparative survey of ten high profile websites.

Posted on August 7, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web General, Web Standards

Writing effective link text

Six guidelines for writing better link text.

Posted on August 7, 2004 in Quicklinks, Usability, Writing

Drop the lost Explorer

Reasons to stop using Internet Explorer and switch to Firefox.

Posted on August 8, 2004 in Browsers, Quicklinks

Web design details

A list of questions to be considered when building a website.

Posted on August 8, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web General

3 pixels of frustration

An extremely frustrating bug in Internet Explorer for Windows.

Posted on August 8, 2004 in CSS, Quicklinks

Content negotiation

Note: There is a follow-up to this article: Content negotiation, AdSense, and comments. As most of you probably know, XHTML…

Posted on August 8, 2004 in (X)HTML

Web Standards and money

Examples of how using Web Standards can save money.

Posted on August 8, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

Web standards checklist

A list of checkpoints for web standards compliance.

Posted on August 8, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

Tag transformations

A bunch of clever ways of using PHP to replace custom tags with HTML tags.

Posted on August 9, 2004 in CSS, Content Management, Quicklinks, Web General

CSS - Auto-height and margin-collapsing

A thorough explanation of vertical margin-collapsing.

Posted on August 9, 2004 in CSS, Quicklinks

HTML, XHTML and semantics

A presentation on XHTML and the transition to Web Standards.

Posted on August 9, 2004 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks, Web Standards

Elements or attributes?

A discussion on metadata and content attributes.

Posted on August 9, 2004 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks

IE whitespace bug

Several solutions to the IE unordered list whitespace bug.

Posted on August 9, 2004 in CSS, Quicklinks

Compression

Using efficient markup will help keep bandwidth usage down, and make pages load faster. If that isn’t enough, and you…

Posted on August 10, 2004 in Web General

DOCTYPES and MIME types

DOCTYPEs matter. MIME types matter. Both are important.

Posted on August 10, 2004 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks, Web Standards

How to properly format dates

Learn how to format dates so that everybody can understand them.

Posted on August 10, 2004 in Quicklinks, Usability, Writing

What is the flow?

A CSS tutorial on positioning, floats and display models.

Posted on August 10, 2004 in CSS, Quicklinks

Virtual Hosts for Dummies

A tutorial on enabling virtual hosts in your local Apache web server.

Posted on August 10, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web General

Developing with web standards, refreshed

Developing with web standards, my (long) article on web standards and accessibility, turned out to be more popular than I…

Posted on August 11, 2004 in Web Standards

SEO and Your Web Site

SEO best practices that will help your site rank well in search engine results.

Posted on August 11, 2004 in Quicklinks, Search Engine Optimisation

XMLHttpRequest

How to dynamically update a document’s content by using XMLHttpRequest and innerHTML.

Posted on August 11, 2004 in JavaScript, Quicklinks

URI (IRI) design

Some thoughts on what makes a good URI.

Posted on August 11, 2004 in Accessibility, Quicklinks, Usability, Web General

Designing a CSS based template - part V

The fifth part of Veerle Pieters’ CSS tutorial.

Posted on August 11, 2004 in CSS, Quicklinks

The perfect weblog system

A long and very detailed outline of what would make a great weblog system.

Posted on August 12, 2004 in Content Management, Quicklinks

CSS optimizer

An online tool for optimising style sheets.

Posted on August 12, 2004 in CSS, Quicklinks

Learning CSS

Recommendations on articles, tutorials and books for learning about CSS and Web standards.

Posted on August 12, 2004 in CSS, Quicklinks, Web Standards

A Matter of Styles

How to produce and maintain quality CSS when working in a team.

Posted on August 12, 2004 in Quicklinks

How to be creative

Some tips on how to be creative in whatever it is you do.

Posted on August 13, 2004 in Quicklinks

CSS 101

A CSS tutorial for beginners and intermediates.

Posted on August 13, 2004 in CSS, Quicklinks

XHTML media type test

Check which media types different browsers recognise.

Posted on August 13, 2004 in (X)HTML, Browsers, Quicklinks

About screen reader users

Three useful things learned from observing screen reader users.

Posted on August 13, 2004 in Accessibility, Quicklinks

Sizing monospaced fonts

Something that’s been bothering me for a while is how difficult it seems to be to make text set in…

Posted on August 13, 2004 in Browsers, CSS

The future of accesskeys

XHTML 2.0 replaces the accesskey attribute with the access attribute.

Posted on August 14, 2004 in (X)HTML, Accessibility, Quicklinks

Search engine spam techniques

A look at recent techniques for spamming search engines.

Posted on August 14, 2004 in Quicklinks, Search Engine Optimisation

Punctuation details

Some typographical details that are often overlooked on the web.

Posted on August 14, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web General

A Web Design Horror Story

A site based on Web Standards gets butchered by clueless web designers.

Posted on August 14, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web General, Web Standards

8 Quick Ways to Fix Your Search Engine

Make your site’s search engine more usable.

Posted on August 15, 2004 in Quicklinks, Usability, Web General

This Year’s Document Object Model

Use unobtrusive, DOM-based JavaScript to add behaviour to well-structured markup.

Posted on August 15, 2004 in JavaScript, Quicklinks, Web Standards

Boosting your search ranking: it’s no trick

Make a good website, and your search rankings will improve.

Posted on August 16, 2004 in Quicklinks, Search Engine Optimisation

Screenreader visibility

CSS techniques for hiding elements from graphical browsers, but not from screen readers.

Posted on August 16, 2004 in Accessibility, CSS, Quicklinks

Client guide to web standards

A client-friendly explanation of the benefits of web standards.

Posted on August 16, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

Web standards makeovers

Accessible, web standards based makeovers of inaccessible sites.

Posted on August 17, 2004 in Accessibility, Quicklinks, Web Standards

Real world web design

Some thoughts on what characterises quality web design in the real world.

Posted on August 17, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web General

Netscape 7.2

Just released: Netscape 7.2, based on Mozilla 1.7.

Posted on August 17, 2004 in Browsers, Quicklinks

Sveriges bästa webbplatser inte så bra

Note: this article is in Swedish. An English translation will be available later. Tidigare i år publicerade svenska Internetworld Sveriges…

Posted on August 18, 2004 in Accessibility, Web Standards

Quick guide to XHTML

The HTML or XHTML debate continues.

Posted on August 19, 2004 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks

HTML - not so simple

Note: This is a repost of something I first published in December 2003. Since this site gets a lot more…

Posted on August 19, 2004 in Web General, Web Standards

Browse Happy

Why many have stopped using Internet Explorer. You should, too.

Posted on August 20, 2004 in Browsers, Quicklinks, Web Standards

Web sites agree to be accessible

Online travel services make their sites accessible.

Posted on August 20, 2004 in Accessibility, Quicklinks

When newer is not better

Redesigns don’t necessarily make a site better or more useful.

Posted on August 21, 2004 in Accessibility, Quicklinks, Usability

Text-only versions

Not the best way of making a website accessible.

Posted on August 21, 2004 in Accessibility, Quicklinks

This page should be banned

Information that should have been left in the 20th century.

Posted on August 22, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web General, Web Standards

A good about page

Things to consider when making an about page for a website.

Posted on August 23, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web General

Why your client cares about web standards

How to explain web standards to clients in a language they understand.

Posted on August 23, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

Web development mistakes

When I visit a website, especially if it’s the site of a competitor or a prospective client, I like viewing…

Posted on August 24, 2004 in (X)HTML, Web Standards

A bit of transparency

How to use transparent PNG images in modern browsers, and GIFs in others.

Posted on August 24, 2004 in CSS, Quicklinks

SEO the best way

Providing quality content is the key to good search engine rankings.

Posted on August 24, 2004 in Quicklinks, Search Engine Optimisation

Microsoft.com towards standards?

Is the new microsoft.com design a move towards web standards or not?

Posted on August 26, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

Standards resources for beginners

Dave Shea is looking for resources for people new to web standards.

Posted on August 26, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

Anti Standards

A closer look at some of the claims made in comments to my recent post about web development mistakes.

Posted on August 27, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

CSS Directory

A collection of links to CSS resources.

Posted on August 29, 2004 in Quicklinks

Column swapping

A CSS technique for creating two columns with equal height.

Posted on August 29, 2004 in CSS, Quicklinks

Web development mistakes, redux

There have been a lot of comments on my recent post about common web development mistakes, and that’s great. Not…

Posted on August 30, 2004 in Web Standards

sIFR - Flash replacement

The latest technique for replacing HTML text with Flash.

Posted on August 30, 2004 in Quicklinks, Web General