Archived posts, May 2006

Windows Live Shopping for IE Windows only

Microsoft’s new Web 2.0 shopping portal only accepts visitors who are using Internet Explorer for Windows.

Posted on May 1, 2006 in Quicklinks, Web Standards

Using JavaScript instead of target to open new windows

How to use JavaScript to make links open in new windows without using the target attribute, which is not allowed in strict doctypes.

Posted on May 2, 2006 in JavaScript

Ten deadly sins of web design

A list of ten huge mistakes no web designer or developer should be caught making.

Posted on May 3, 2006 in Accessibility, Quicklinks, Usability, Web Standards

Last Call Working Draft of WCAG 2.0 published

Last chance to submit comments on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 before the document moves on to become a referenceable recommendation.

Posted on May 4, 2006 in Accessibility, Quicklinks

Interviewed at HTML Editor Reviews

Eric Barstad asked me a few pretty simple questions about my development environment and what software I use.

Posted on May 5, 2006 in Interviews, Quicklinks

Testing in both IE 6 and IE 7

Which method does the IE Team recommend that web professionals use to test their work in both IE 6 and IE 7?

Posted on May 8, 2006 in Browsers, Quicklinks

Opening new windows with JavaScript, version 1.1

A revised version of a previously described script that will open links that have a certain class name in a new window.

Posted on May 9, 2006 in JavaScript

Accessibility statements and site viewing options

The Glaucoma Research Foundation website has a well-written accessibility statement and site viewing widgets that are actually usable.

Posted on May 10, 2006 in Accessibility, Quicklinks

Skip links: visible or hidden?

Many accessibility-aware web professionals provide skip links to make in-page navigation easier. But is it ok to hide them?

Posted on May 11, 2006 in Accessibility, Quicklinks

ONOFF: another failed redesign

Swedish consumer electronics chain ONOFF launches a new, inaccessible, invalid website and falsely claims that it is accessible.

Posted on May 12, 2006 in Accessibility, Web Standards

Microsoft and Internet Explorer vs. web standards

Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 7 web browser is much improved, but many web professionals are far from enthusiastic about it. Here’s why.

Posted on May 15, 2006 in Browsers, Web Standards

Writing good HTML is a craft

Markup is the foundation that solid front-end architecture is built upon. Get your markup right and you will make the rest easier.

Posted on May 16, 2006 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks

Say why instead of no to bad design

Next time you get a design request that you want to say no to, say why instead and start a conversation that makes both sides think.

Posted on May 17, 2006 in Productivity, Quicklinks

Stylegala is for sale

One of the best web design showcase sites ever is for sale. Got at least USD 30k to spend?

Posted on May 17, 2006 in CSS, Quicklinks, Web Standards

AJAX, JavaScript support and screen reader accessibility

Making websites and web based applications that use a lot of JavaScript accessible isn’t as easy as just making sure that there is a non-JavaScript fallback.

Posted on May 18, 2006 in Accessibility, JavaScript

The future of CSS hacking

Dave Shea on the history and future of CSS hacks and filters, and how to best deal with browser discrepancies in the future.

Posted on May 19, 2006 in Browsers, CSS, Quicklinks

A letter from WASP-EduTF to Skolverket

An attempt to influence the Swedish National Agency for Education to update the web development methods being taught in Swedish schools.

Posted on May 22, 2006 in Web Standards

Don’t customise the look and feel of form fields

Don’t fight browsers by overusing CSS hacks and changing the appearance and behaviour of form controls.

Posted on May 23, 2006 in Quicklinks, Usability

HTML validation with Safari Tidy

A plugin which uses Tidy to automatically validate the HTML of every page you open in Safari.

Posted on May 24, 2006 in Browsers, Quicklinks

WCAG 2 disregards Web standards

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 is confusing, difficult to understand, hard to implement, and disregards web standards.

Posted on May 26, 2006 in Accessibility, Web Standards

Explore the DOM with Firebug

A very useful Firefox extension that logs JavaScript, CSS, and XML errors to a console and makes it both easy and fun to explore the DOM.

Posted on May 29, 2006 in Browsers, JavaScript, Quicklinks

Levels of HTML knowledge

Descriptions of a few different levels of HTML knowledge among people working in the web industry.

Posted on May 30, 2006 in (X)HTML

Check your site with The Scrutinizer

A service that lets you analyse and validate the quality and popularity of any web page using various tools and testers on the web.

Posted on May 31, 2006 in Quicklinks, Search Engine Optimisation, Web Standards