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 Browsers, Quicklinks, Web Standards

Web entrepreneurs don’t trust Microsoft’s approach to the web

Robert Scoble lists twelve reasons web entrepreneurs aren’t using Microsoft’s software.

Posted on November 2, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web General

The degeneration of Disney Store UK

Once a showcase for commercial websites embracing web standards, Disney Store UK is now a prime example of regressive web development.

Posted on November 3, 2005 in Quicklinks, 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 (X)HTML, Quicklinks

Webstock - a web conference in New Zealand

Looking for a reason to go to New Zealand? The Webstock conference is a really good one.

Posted on November 5, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

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 Browsers, Quicklinks, 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

9rules round 3 submissions

On November 14, 2005, the third round of submissions for English language sites will open. Got a great site? Come join the network!

Posted on November 7, 2005 in Quicklinks

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 Accessibility, Quicklinks, Search Engine Optimisation

Usability of tabbed browsing in Firefox

Results of usability studies on tabbed browsing as implemented in Firefox, along with some suggestions for improvement.

Posted on November 9, 2005 in Browsers, Usability

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 Accessibility, Quicklinks

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 Browsers, Quicklinks

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 CSS, Quicklinks

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 Accessibility, Quicklinks, 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 CSS, Content Management, Quicklinks

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 JavaScript, Quicklinks

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 (X)HTML, Web Standards

att.com celebrates a year with web standards

A story of how AT&T’s corporate website was brought into web standards.

Posted on November 15, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

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 CSS, JavaScript, Quicklinks

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 Productivity, Quicklinks

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

Avoid web jargon when talking to clients

Try to avoid using technical jargon when talking to your clients, unless they are developers who can be expected to know what you’re talking about.

Posted on November 19, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web General

ASP.NET 2.0 and web standards

Microsoft informs developers using ASP.NET 2.0 how to configure it to produce valid and accessible markup.

Posted on November 20, 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 Productivity, Quicklinks

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

Typography, semantics and document structure

A good introduction to semantics and document structure for anyone who hasn’t already started thinking structurally when marking up documents.

Posted on November 26, 2005 in Quicklinks, Typography, Writing

No more chromeless popup windows

The makers of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Konqueror have agreed to implement a common set of security features in their browsers.

Posted on November 26, 2005 in Browsers, Quicklinks

Web designer wanted

We have a position open for a web designer with excellent graphic design skills and a solid understanding of usability.

Posted on November 27, 2005 in Quicklinks

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

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 released

Version 1.5 of Mozilla Corporation’s Firefox web browser has been released. Go download it now.

Posted on November 30, 2005 in Browsers, Quicklinks

No XHTML 1.0 Strict in ASP.NET 2.0

Microsoft still has some catching up to do when it comes to understanding Strict DOCTYPEs and XHTML 1.0 vs. 1.1.

Posted on November 30, 2005 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks, Web Standards

Modern web browsers have CSS bugs too

Internet Explorer has a lot of frustrating bugs in its CSS implementation. But it’s not the only web browser to have CSS bugs.

Posted on November 30, 2005 in CSS, Quicklinks