Archived posts, October 2005

Search Engine Ranking Factors

A comprehensive list of factors that affect the search engine ranking of a site.

Posted on October 1, 2005 in Quicklinks, Search Engine Optimisation

Keep website navigation simple

Website navigation is a tool that should be kept simple to enable visitors to use it properly.

Posted on October 1, 2005 in Quicklinks, Accessibility, Usability

People stick to default values

Default values are used far more often than their relevance suggests.

Posted on October 1, 2005 in Quicklinks, Usability

Accessibility Challenges Survey

Got a specific accessibility-related challenge that you'd like to tell others about?

Posted on October 2, 2005 in Quicklinks, Accessibility

Standards for Web Standards wanted

A call for a unified way of promoting web standards.

Posted on October 4, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

Top ten web design mistakes, 2005 edition

Jakob Nielsen's list of the worst web design stupidities that make the web harder to use in 2005.

Posted on October 5, 2005 in Usability

PageRank Explained

An article on the basics of Google's PageRank system.

Posted on October 6, 2005 in Quicklinks, Search Engine Optimisation

Calculating CSS 2.1 selector specificity

Two different explanations of how to calculate the specificity of selectors in CSS 2.1.

Posted on October 8, 2005 in Quicklinks

CSS 2.1 selectors, Part 2

Part 2 of 3 in a series of articles explaining the selectors available in CSS 2.1.

Posted on October 10, 2005 in CSS

Form accessibility and usability

Examples of techniques that improve usability and accessibility of web forms.

Posted on October 10, 2005 in Quicklinks, Accessibility, CSS, Usability

Are invalid attributes valid?

A discussion on whether invalid HTML attributes may be acceptable under some circumstances.

Posted on October 11, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

Stop using CSS hacks now

Still using CSS hacks for Internet Explorer? Kick the habit now or you'll be sorry.

Posted on October 13, 2005 in Quicklinks, Browsers, CSS

Popup-free form help

How to provide help for fields in web forms without using popup windows.

Posted on October 15, 2005 in Quicklinks, Accessibility, JavaScript, Usability

Overflow problems in Internet Explorer

Dissection of bugs that can occur with oversized content in Internet Explorer for Windows.

Posted on October 16, 2005 in Quicklinks, Browsers, CSS

Top ten weblog usability blunders

Usability problems are not only found on commercial websites - blogs can also be difficult to use.

Posted on October 19, 2005 in Quicklinks, Usability

Why is Firefox adoption slowing down?

Has Firefox spread as far as it is going to spread? If so, why, and does it matter?

Posted on October 19, 2005 in Quicklinks, Browsers

About using CSS hacks

Whether you are using CSS hacks or conditional comments, keep an eye on what happens when IE7 is released.

Posted on October 20, 2005 in Quicklinks, Browsers, CSS

Google, SEO and using CSS to hide text

If you use CSS to hide text for legitimate reasons like increasing accessibility or usability, make sure that it cannot be mistaken for spam.

Posted on October 21, 2005 in Search Engine Optimisation, CSS

Character references in HTML and XML

Everything you need to know about numeric character references and character entity references in HTML and XML.

Posted on October 23, 2005 in Quicklinks

CSS 2.1 selectors, Part 3

Part 3 of 3 in a series of articles explaining the selectors available in CSS 2.1.

Posted on October 24, 2005 in CSS

Colour blindness simulator for Mac OS X

A very handy little application that provides a real-time simulation of various types of colour blindness.

Posted on October 25, 2005 in Quicklinks, Accessibility

Building better HTML forms

Many useful tips for increasing the usability of web based forms. I do have a few reservations about some of the tips.

Posted on October 26, 2005 in Quicklinks, Accessibility, Usability

The ultimate multi-column CSS layout

Fully flexible source order of columns, equal height columns, and vertical grids - all in the same layout.

Posted on October 26, 2005 in Quicklinks, CSS

Tips and techniques for mobile web design

Covering two approaches to designing for mobile devices: handheld stylesheets and mobile-specific sites.

Posted on October 27, 2005 in Quicklinks, (X)HTML, CSS

Minimum and maximum padding and margin wanted

Being able to set the minimum and maximum values for margin and padding would be very handy for liquid layouts.

Posted on October 27, 2005 in Quicklinks, CSS

RNIB Media Briefing on Accessible PDFs

Mike Davies' notes and recollections from a media briefing on the topic of PDF accessibility.

Posted on October 28, 2005 in Quicklinks, Accessibility

New Zealand government websites and web standards

A look at how well government websites in New Zealand adhere to web standards.

Posted on October 29, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

Ethical search engine optimisation gone wrong

A story of what can happen when a client brings in an SEO consultant to improve search engine rankings.

Posted on October 30, 2005 in Quicklinks, Search Engine Optimisation

Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 Review

Dreamweaver 8 seen through the eyes of a hand coding web standards and accessibility fan.

Posted on October 31, 2005 in Web General