Archived posts, October 2005
A comprehensive list of factors that affect the search engine ranking of a site.
Website navigation is a tool that should be kept simple to enable visitors to use it properly.
Default values are used far more often than their relevance suggests.
Got a specific accessibility-related challenge that you’d like to tell others about?
A blog about coffee shops, books, machines, beans and pretty much anything related to espresso-based coffee.
A call for a unified way of promoting web standards.
A book about web standards, semantics, and accessibility for Dreamweaver users.
Jakob Nielsen’s list of the worst web design stupidities that make the web harder to use in 2005.
An article on the basics of Google’s PageRank system.
Two different explanations of how to calculate the specificity of selectors in CSS 2.1.
How can we prevent stylesheet files from becoming too difficult and time-consuming to maintain?
Part 2 of 3 in a series of articles explaining the selectors available in CSS 2.1.
Examples of techniques that improve usability and accessibility of web forms.
A discussion on whether invalid HTML attributes may be acceptable under some circumstances.
Mass validation of public sector websites in the United States and Sweden. The result, as expected, is not good.
Nightlies of WebKit/Safari are now available as binary downloads straight from Apple.
Still using CSS hacks for Internet Explorer? Kick the habit now or you’ll be sorry.
How to provide help for fields in web forms without using popup windows.
Dissection of bugs that can occur with oversized content in Internet Explorer for Windows.
A solution to the buggy character substitution that Movable Type performs when converting post titles to URL fragments.
My latest side project is a food blog with daily recipes.
We have a job opening for a web standards and accessibility savvy web developer/designer.
HTML and CSS are not as easy as some people like to think. They are easy to get started with, but very difficult to master.
Usability problems are not only found on commercial websites - blogs can also be difficult to use.
Has Firefox spread as far as it is going to spread? If so, why, and does it matter?
Higher resolution displays, longer battery life, Quad-core CPUs, new PCI architecture.
Whether you are using CSS hacks or conditional comments, keep an eye on what happens when IE7 is released.
If you use CSS to hide text for legitimate reasons like increasing accessibility or usability, make sure that it cannot be mistaken for spam.
Yet another web browser. Flock is based on Mozilla and has some new and interesting features.
How can we help Mac OS X users understand that there are many better web browsers available?
Everything you need to know about numeric character references and character entity references in HTML and XML.
Part 3 of 3 in a series of articles explaining the selectors available in CSS 2.1.
A very handy little application that provides a real-time simulation of various types of colour blindness.
Phil Sherry is looking for some local people to work on a web project in Stockholm, Sweden.
Many useful tips for increasing the usability of web based forms. I do have a few reservations about some of the tips.
Fully flexible source order of columns, equal height columns, and vertical grids - all in the same layout.
Covering two approaches to designing for mobile devices: handheld stylesheets and mobile-specific sites.
Being able to set the minimum and maximum values for margin and padding would be very handy for liquid layouts.
What do you want to see in sIFR 3? Let the developers know, and you might get it.
Mike Davies’ notes and recollections from a media briefing on the topic of PDF accessibility.
A look at how well government websites in New Zealand adhere to web standards.
A story of what can happen when a client brings in an SEO consultant to improve search engine rankings.
Dreamweaver 8 seen through the eyes of a hand coding web standards and accessibility fan.
Some guidelines to make developing and maintaining large CSS files in a team environment easier.