Archived posts, November 2005

Safari passes the Acid2 test

Apple Safari is the first officially released browser to pass the Acid2 browser test. Safari 2.0.2 also seems to fix the FOUC problem.

Posted on November 1, 2005 in Quicklinks, Browsers, Web Standards

Choosing HTML or XHTML

Information that may help you choose between HTML and XHTML for the next website you produce.

Posted on November 4, 2005 in Quicklinks, (X)HTML

IE7 will only support well-formed RSS feeds

The RSS platform in Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Vista will only support feeds that are well-formed XML.

Posted on November 6, 2005 in Quicklinks, Browsers, Web Standards

It's alt attribute, not alt tag

There is no such thing as an alt tag in HTML. Alt is an attribute, required for the img element and specified in the img tag.

Posted on November 7, 2005 in (X)HTML

Typography resources

Kevin Hale at Particletree has compiled a list of typography resources. I added a few more.

Posted on November 7, 2005 in Quicklinks, Typography

High accessibility means effective search engine optimisation

Make your site accessible to all human visitors and your search engine rankings will improve.

Posted on November 8, 2005 in Quicklinks, Accessibility, Search Engine Optimisation

The impact of colour blindness on web design

A colour blind person's views of how colour blindness affects web browsing. It rarely does.

Posted on November 9, 2005 in Quicklinks, Accessibility

Camino - a Mozilla browser with Safari polish

Camino, a Mozilla-based web browser for Mac OS X, is getting close to version 1.0. And it is really good.

Posted on November 10, 2005 in Quicklinks, Browsers

Stop sending annoying email

Some things to avoid unless you want your email messages to annoy your friends and colleagues.

Posted on November 11, 2005 in Quicklinks, Usability

Flexibility makes working with CSS easier

Let your design be flexible instead of rigid and you will avoid lots of frustration when creating CSS-based layouts.

Posted on November 12, 2005 in Quicklinks, CSS

Design sites and web standards

Design sites aren't very good at using web standards. And purely visual designers often misunderstand accessibility.

Posted on November 13, 2005 in Quicklinks, Accessibility, Web Standards

CSS Toolshed: A CMS Zen Garden

A CSS Zen Garden-like site that simulates a CMS-based site instead of just a single, static page.

Posted on November 13, 2005 in Quicklinks, CSS, Content Management

Valid downlevel-revealed conditional comments

A valid way of using conditional comments to hide something from Internet Explorer for Windows.

Posted on November 14, 2005 in (X)HTML, Browsers, Web Standards

AJAX-S: An Ajax-based slideshow system

An Ajax-based slideshow system that stores data in an XML file instead of as HTML.

Posted on November 14, 2005 in Quicklinks, JavaScript

A web professional can never stop learning

Web professionals who refuse to update their skills and insist on using outdated methods can no longer be called web professionals.

Posted on November 15, 2005 in Web Standards, (X)HTML

Resolution dependent style switching

If liquid or elastic layouts are not your thing, take a look at this for a more flexible way of keeping your fixed width layout.

Posted on November 16, 2005 in Quicklinks, CSS, JavaScript

Is instant messaging good or bad for productivity?

Instant messaging can be distracting and make it hard to focus on what you are working on, but it can also be an efficient communication tool.

Posted on November 17, 2005 in Quicklinks, Productivity

Best practices in Australian web development

How well do major companies and government departments in Australia use web standards and other best practices on their websites?

Posted on November 19, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

Reveal your old school web development hacks

A collection of old school web design and development hacks that were widely used before developers started abandoning table based layouts and adopting web standards.

Posted on November 21, 2005 in Web Standards

Become a better presenter

Some tips on creating better presentations and becoming a better presenter.

Posted on November 21, 2005 in Quicklinks, Productivity

Reaching and helping the new amateurs

Peter-Paul Koch on css, web standards, elitism and how to reach the new amateurs.

Posted on November 22, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

The freedom of mobile Internet access

Being able to browse the web with a Nokia 6680 3G phone is very convenient and really makes you appreciate accessible websites that are based on web standards.

Posted on November 24, 2005 in Browsers

Standards do not stifle creativity

Using web standards will not in some mysterious and unexplained way prevent innovation and creativity.

Posted on November 28, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

Web 2.0 and accessibility

Some developers seem to be so eager to implement Ajax and other buzzwords that they don't take the time to consider how doing so will affect accessibility.

Posted on November 29, 2005 in Quicklinks