Archived posts, December 2005

Accessibility and usability for interactive television

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.

Posted on December 1, 2005 in Accessibility, Usability

Guidelines for HTML email design

Essential information for anyone involved in creating or sending email newsletters that should reach and be read by their recipients.

Posted on December 1, 2005 in Quicklinks, Usability

Which blogging style do you use?

There are several different styles of blogging that will generate traffic to a site.

Posted on December 3, 2005 in Quicklinks, Writing

CAPTCHA is bad for accessibility

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.

Posted on December 3, 2005 in Accessibility, Quicklinks

W3C Feed Validation Service with SOAP

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.

Posted on December 4, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

24 web development tips and tricks

One new web development tip or trick published every day for the first 24 days of December 2005.

Posted on December 5, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web General

Create a design for the CSS Toolshed

An updated templates pack and step-by-step instructions on creating a CSS Toolshed entry are now available.

Posted on December 5, 2005 in CSS, Content Management, Quicklinks

Ten reasons to learn and use web standards

Some of the most important reasons for spending the time to learn all about using web standards to design and develop websites.

Posted on December 6, 2005 in Web Standards

Beginners should start with HTML, not XHTML

Arguments against teaching beginners XHTML before they have mastered HTML.

Posted on December 6, 2005 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks

Firefox displays CSS errors in the JavaScript Console

Want to know if you got your CSS syntax right? Just open the JavaScript Console in Firefox.

Posted on December 7, 2005 in Browsers, CSS, Quicklinks

Accessible DHTML: two different approaches

Examples of different approaches to making dynamic web content more accessible: WAI’s dynamic web content accessibility and Web Forms 2.

Posted on December 7, 2005 in Accessibility, JavaScript, Quicklinks

The anatomy of an XHTML document

A close look at the different parts of an XHTML document, all the way from the XML declaration to the closing html tag.

Posted on December 8, 2005 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks

Reading comment spam can be fun

Examples of the funniest, weirdest and nuttiest comment spam to be posted on a blog.

Posted on December 8, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web General

The history of CSS hacks

Tantek Çelik recaptures the history and evolution of CSS hacks and filters.

Posted on December 9, 2005 in CSS, Quicklinks

Redesign your site for Firefox now

Marketing speak for “Rebuild your website with web standards to make it more profitable”.

Posted on December 10, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

Managing incoming email

Some tips on how to deal with large amounts of email.

Posted on December 11, 2005 in Productivity, Quicklinks

Simple markup, organised CSS

Notes on CSS coding style and separating design from content.

Posted on December 12, 2005 in (X)HTML, CSS, Quicklinks

Web trend forecast for 2006

A couple of lists of predictions of what will happen in web design and development in 2006.

Posted on December 12, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web General

Transitional vs. Strict DOCTYPEs

The fundamental differences between Transitional and Strict DOCTYPEs, and common mistakes made after choosing to use Strict markup.

Posted on December 13, 2005 in (X)HTML

Elements of Typographic Style for the Web

A website that explains how to apply the working principles described in The Elements of Typographic Style to the Web.

Posted on December 13, 2005 in Quicklinks, Typography

8 essential search engine marketing techniques

An in-depth review of an audio CD where SEO expert Brad Fallon talks about ways of improving search engine rankings.

Posted on December 14, 2005 in Quicklinks, Search Engine Optimisation

The web is global

It’s called the World Wide Web, so try to spend some time thinking about internationalisation when creating a website with a global audience.

Posted on December 15, 2005 in Quicklinks, Usability, Web General

Favourite music albums of 2005

A selection of the best new music to be relased during 2005. According to my personal taste, obviously.

Posted on December 15, 2005 in Quicklinks

Scoping projects and dealing with scope creep

A few tips on scoping projects to make sure both you and your clients are happy when the project is done.

Posted on December 16, 2005 in Productivity, Quicklinks

How to write a useful accessibility statement

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.

Posted on December 16, 2005 in Accessibility, Quicklinks

Yahoo! Music still stuck in 1999

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.

Posted on December 17, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

Choosing a CAPTCHA for a commercial product

A detailed list of the pros and cons of several different methods for creating a CAPTCHA.

Posted on December 18, 2005 in Accessibility, Quicklinks

FACE: Faruk’s Animated CSS Enhancements

A technique that combines the power of JavaScript with the flexibility of CSS to enable designers to create animations without having to know Flash or JavaScript.

Posted on December 19, 2005 in CSS, JavaScript, Quicklinks

456 Berea Street highlights of 2005

An end-of-the-year summary of readworthy articles that I’ve written during this year.

Posted on December 20, 2005 in Site news

Nominate the best blog posts of 2005

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.

Posted on December 20, 2005 in Quicklinks

Label your form controls properly

Remember to use the label element to associate form controls with their respective label texts.

Posted on December 21, 2005 in Accessibility, Quicklinks, Usability

Safari matters - support it or lose credibility

Many web applications and websites that don’t work properly (or at all) in Safari would work if their developers did their job properly.

Posted on December 21, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

Required elements and optional tags in HTML

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.

Posted on December 22, 2005 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks

Internet Explorer for the Mac is no more

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.

Posted on December 22, 2005 in Browsers, Quicklinks

Microsoft or Google to buy Opera?

There are rumours going around that say Microsoft or Google are about to buy Opera Software.

Posted on December 23, 2005 in Browsers, Quicklinks

Use CSS background images responsibly

CSS background images should only be used for presentational images, not for informational or functional images.

Posted on December 27, 2005 in Accessibility, CSS, Quicklinks, Usability

456 Berea Street on the top lists

Thank you to everybody who has mentioned 456 Berea Street on their lists of personal favourite sites/weblogs of 2005.

Posted on December 28, 2005 in Quicklinks, Site news

Web fonts and typography

Andy Hume explains the technology used to display type on computer screens and goes through the basic principles of web typography.

Posted on December 30, 2005 in Quicklinks, Typography

Predictions and hopes for 2006

A look back at a list of predictions and hopes I made at the end of 2004.

Posted on December 31, 2005 in Web General