456 Berea Street highlights of 2005
The year 2005 is almost over, so I’ve made an end-of-the-year summary of readworthy articles that I’ve written during this year. Actually there are several articles that are made readworthy by all the comments posted, so you could say that those are collaborative efforts.
Huge thanks to everyone who reads, comments on, and links to what I write. I wouldn’t be doing this without your feedback and participation. Here are the articles I’ve picked then, in chronological order:
Published on 456 Berea Street
- The perils of using XHTML properly
- A discussion of the issues involved in serving XHTML with the application/xhtml+xml MIME type.
- Accessibility charlatans
- Claims of adhering to accessibility standards are often false and nothing more than marketing.
- Basics of search engine optimisation
- Basic tips for Search Engine Optimisation: add quality content regularly and make sure your site is well-built.
- Efficient CSS with shorthand properties
- Tricks for writing more efficient CSS by using shorthand properties.
- Setting the current menu state with CSS
- A CSS-only method of changing the appearance of the current state of a navigation bar.
- CSS tips and tricks, Part 1
- Tips and tricks for writing efficient CSS, Part 1 of 2.
- CSS tips and tricks, Part 2
- Tips and tricks for writing efficient CSS, Part 2 of 2.
- Fixed or fluid width? Elastic!
- A quick explanation of the concept of elastic width layouts.
- Transparent custom corners and borders
- Create a resizable box with custom, transparent corners and borders and no extra markup.
- Accessibility myths and misconceptions
- A few common accessibility myths and misconceptions explained.
- Web standards vs. Accessibility
- Web accessibility is not just for screen readers or blind people.
- The danger of a better Internet Explorer
- Is the improved web standards support in Internet Explorer 7 a good thing only, or will it put the future health of the web at risk by tempting developers to use more proprietary features?
- Does accessibility encourage discrimination?
- A discussion on whether it is acceptable for a website to be accessible to people with disabilities but inaccessible to people that use alternative browsing devices or operating systems.
- HTML tags vs. elements vs. attributes
- Explaining the difference between tags, elements, and attributes in HTML.
- Hand coding
- Why hand-coding HTML and CSS is better than using WYSIWYG applications.
- CSS 2.1 Selectors, Part 1 of 3
- The basics of selectors plus the universal, type, id, and class selectors.
- CSS 2.1 Selectors, Part 2 of 3
- Combinators, combined selectors, grouping, and attribute selectors.
- CSS 2.1 Selectors, Part 3 of 3
- Pseudo-classes and pseudo-elements.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Published on 24 ways
- Transitional vs. Strict Markup
- The fundamental differences between Transitional and Strict DOCTYPEs, and common mistakes made after choosing to use Strict markup.
Published on 24timmarsbloggen (in Swedish)
- IT-konsulterna och 24timmarswebben
- A rant about the ignorant developers at many Swedish web consultancies.
- Vanliga myter om tillgänglighet
- Common accessibility myths and misconceptions explained
- EPiServer och tillgänglighet
- How to make sites based on the EPiServer CMS more accessible.
Published on NetRelations.se (in Swedish)
- Offentliga sektorns webbplatser och 24-timmarswebben
- A survey of web standards compliance and accessibility among Swedish public sector websites.
Hope you find something that interests you. Comments are open on most of the articles, so if you have something to add to the discussion, please do so.
And with that, I’m taking a couple of weeks off for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Well, not really. Offline I’ll be busy fixing up the house I bought a few weeks ago. I’m learning more about wallpapering, painting and installing flooring than I thought I ever would. Online I’ll be writing the occasional post, but things will probably be a bit slower than normal around here.