Archived posts, December 2005
Accessibility and usability for ITV have a lot in common with accessibility and usability for the web. There are also many differences, some of which are highlighted in this article.
Essential information for anyone involved in creating or sending email newsletters that should reach and be read by their recipients.
There are several different styles of blogging that will generate traffic to a site.
Using a bitmap image containing distorted text to verify that the user is human prevents several groups of disabled people from using web based services.
The Feed Validator for Atom and RSS is now available at the W3C website, and exposes its Web service as a SOAP 1.2 interface.
One new web development tip or trick published every day for the first 24 days of December 2005.
An updated templates pack and step-by-step instructions on creating a CSS Toolshed entry are now available.
Some of the most important reasons for spending the time to learn all about using web standards to design and develop websites.
Arguments against teaching beginners XHTML before they have mastered HTML.
Examples of different approaches to making dynamic web content more accessible: WAI’s dynamic web content accessibility and Web Forms 2.
A close look at the different parts of an XHTML document, all the way from the XML declaration to the closing html tag.
Examples of the funniest, weirdest and nuttiest comment spam to be posted on a blog.
Tantek Çelik recaptures the history and evolution of CSS hacks and filters.
Marketing speak for “Rebuild your website with web standards to make it more profitable”.
Some tips on how to deal with large amounts of email.
Notes on CSS coding style and separating design from content.
A couple of lists of predictions of what will happen in web design and development in 2006.
The fundamental differences between Transitional and Strict DOCTYPEs, and common mistakes made after choosing to use Strict markup.
A website that explains how to apply the working principles described in The Elements of Typographic Style to the Web.
An in-depth review of an audio CD where SEO expert Brad Fallon talks about ways of improving search engine rankings.
It’s called the World Wide Web, so try to spend some time thinking about internationalisation when creating a website with a global audience.
A selection of the best new music to be relased during 2005. According to my personal taste, obviously.
A few tips on scoping projects to make sure both you and your clients are happy when the project is done.
If you don’t have an accessibility statement on your site, this article explains how to write one. If you already have one, here’s how to make it better.
The developers at Yahoo! Music are asking people to downgrade their browsers to Netscape 4.7 in order to view videos on their site. Thanks, but no thanks.
A detailed list of the pros and cons of several different methods for creating a CAPTCHA.
An end-of-the-year summary of readworthy articles that I’ve written during this year.
If you’ve read any blog posts this year that are of the kind that you can read over and over again, nominate them for Best posts of 2005.
Remember to use the label element to associate form controls with their respective label texts.
Many web applications and websites that don’t work properly (or at all) in Safari would work if their developers did their job properly.
The start and end tags of some elements (html, head, body) may be completely removed from an HTML document, even though the elements themselves are required.
Microsoft will end support for IE/Mac on December 31, 2005, and as of 31 January, 2006, it will no longer be available for download. Good riddance.
There are rumours going around that say Microsoft or Google are about to buy Opera Software.
CSS background images should only be used for presentational images, not for informational or functional images.
Thank you to everybody who has mentioned 456 Berea Street on their lists of personal favourite sites/weblogs of 2005.
Andy Hume explains the technology used to display type on computer screens and goes through the basic principles of web typography.
A look back at a list of predictions and hopes I made at the end of 2004.