Archived posts, January 2006

Accesskey problems remain in XHTML 2

The access element in XHTML 2 will apparently suffer from the same problems as the accesskey attribute in current versions of HTML and XHTML.

Posted on January 1, 2006 in Accessibility, Quicklinks, Usability

The role of graphic design on the web

Graphic design is very important on the web, but sometimes it is given too much importance, especially by graphic designers coming from ad agencies.

Posted on January 2, 2006 in Quicklinks

2006 Weblog Awards (Bloggies) nominations

Nominations for The 2006 Bloggies have opened. I have nominated my favourite weblogs of the year. Have you?

Posted on January 3, 2006 in Quicklinks, Site news

Web Developer Extension 1.0

Version 1.0 of the indispensable extension for Firefox, Flock, and Mozilla has many new features and bug fixes.

Posted on January 3, 2006 in Browsers, Productivity, Quicklinks

@media 2006

Make sure you don’t miss the major European web development conference of the year - @media 2006 in London this June.

Posted on January 4, 2006 in Accessibility, Web Standards

Internet Explorer 7 and * html

The Star html Selector Bug will be fixed in Internet Explorer 7. Will it affect web developers who have exploited the bug to target specific CSS rules at IE?

Posted on January 5, 2006 in Browsers, CSS, Quicklinks

Luminosity contrast ratio

WCAG 2.0 suggests calculating the luminosity contrast ratio between foreground and background colours to ensure readability.

Posted on January 6, 2006 in Accessibility, Quicklinks

18 blogging lessons

A list of things that are important to keep in mind when you start blogging.

Posted on January 7, 2006 in Quicklinks

Failed redesigns: Use web standards or don’t bother redesigning

Websites that, despite being created or substantially updated during the era of web standards, ignore or misuse those standards are failed redesigns.

Posted on January 8, 2006 in Accessibility, Quicklinks, Web Standards

Quoting blockquotes

How to enclose blockquotes in large and stylish quotation marks without using images.

Posted on January 9, 2006 in CSS, Quicklinks, Typography

CSS 3 selectors explained

CSS 3 brings us many powerful new CSS selectors. Browser support is currently lacking, but taking a look at what lies ahead is still useful.

Posted on January 10, 2006 in CSS

Styled bar graphs marked up as lists or tables

How to use CSS to create bar graphs from unordered lists or data tables.

Posted on January 11, 2006 in CSS, Quicklinks

Search engines and canonical URLs

Advice on helping search engines pick the right URL when there are multiple URLs available for a certain page.

Posted on January 12, 2006 in Quicklinks, Search Engine Optimisation

Efficient creation of sensible and usable forms

An article with good advice for making forms usable and a discussion about how web developers can be more efficient when creating online forms.

Posted on January 13, 2006 in Quicklinks, Usability

The CSS 3 multi-column layout model analysed

Comments on the good, the bad, and the missing features of the latest working draft of the CSS3 Multi-column layout module.

Posted on January 15, 2006 in CSS, Quicklinks

The myth of the overpriced Mac

Even if Apple were to give away Macs for free, there would still be fanatic Mac-haters complaining that they are expensive and overpriced.

Posted on January 16, 2006 in Mac

HTML or XHTML - does it really matter?

What would you say to a client asking which is better of HTML 4.01 Strict and XHTML 1.0 Strict?

Posted on January 17, 2006 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks

Safari Web Inspector

Available in WebKit nightly builds, the Web Inspector you browse the DOM of the current document and inspect the properties of any element.

Posted on January 18, 2006 in Browsers, Quicklinks

Looking for web development patterns

Collecting web development design patterns to promote the development of a pattern language for web development.

Posted on January 19, 2006 in Quicklinks, Web General

Moving house - expect lower posting frequency

I am moving house and will not have an Internet connection at home for approximately a month, so there will be fewer posts around here for a while.

Posted on January 20, 2006 in Life, Site news

2006 Weblog Awards finalists announced

The 2006 Weblog Awards finalists have been announced, and 456 Berea Street is a finalist in the “Best web development weblog” category!

Posted on January 23, 2006 in Site news

Nokia’s WebCore-based S60 browser

A few people from the team behind Nokia’s new web browser for S60 mobile phones talk about the project and share some screenshots of the browser in action.

Posted on January 24, 2006 in Browsers, Quicklinks

Tagged, so here are four things

Veerle tagged me for the four things meme. Read on if you want to learn a little bit more about me.

Posted on January 25, 2006 in Life

Giving the user control over accesskeys

The accesskey attribute may cause conflicts with existing shortcut keys. Here are two different approaches to letting users define their own accesskeys.

Posted on January 27, 2006 in Accessibility, JavaScript, Quicklinks

Five ways of improving your website

Five actions you can take to improve areas where the quality of many websites deteriorates over time.

Posted on January 31, 2006 in Accessibility, Quicklinks, Usability