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 call for a unified way of promoting web standards.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.