456 Berea Street highlights of 2006
It has become a tradition of mine to end each year by posting a list of the most popular (in terms of linkage and comments) or important (in my opinion) articles that I have written or co-written during the year. It’s a chance to catch up in case you missed one or two of them.
Thank you, everybody who takes the time to read what I write. Double thanks to those of you who also compose and post insightful comments that make my articles more useful than they would have been on their own (though there have been occasional problems keeping comments civil and constructive). It takes quite a bit of hard work to keep a site like this going, but your participation makes it worth it.
So, here are the articles I have picked, listed in chronological order:
Published on 456 Berea Street
- 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.
- 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.
- Coping with noise in the workplace
- Different sources of noise in the workplace, and various methods for coping with the noise or reducing it.
- Validity does not equal best practices
- It takes more than using valid markup to make a website follow best practices. Much more.
- The target attribute and opening new windows
- How bad is it really to use an invalid target attribute to make a link open in a new window?
- Content Management Systems used by public sector websites found lacking
- A survey shows that CMSs used by Swedish public sector websites are lacking with respect to accessibility and web standards.
- Alt text is an alternative, not a tooltip
- Alternative text should never be displayed at the same time as the image it provides an alternative for.
- Indicating language choice: flags, text, both, neither?
- Do not use flag icons to indicate language choice. Instead use the name of the language as text in the language itself.
- Evaluating website accessibility
- An introduction to a series of articles that explain techniques for evaluating the accessibility of a website. Useful to both developers and website owners.
- Levels of HTML knowledge
- Descriptions of a few different levels of HTML knowledge among people working in the web industry.
- CSS Reboot participants far from standards-based
- The majority of sites participating in the CSS Reboot of Spring 2006 use invalid HTML, CSS, or both.
- Google valid and strict
- Making Google’s home page use valid HTML 4.01 Strict and CSS for layout reduces file size by 21 percent.
- Light text on dark background vs. readability
- The recent design trend of light text on dark backgrounds is reducing the readability and usability of many sites for certain people.
- 10 things businesses should know before building a website
- Ten tips for organisations about to start a new website project, whether they are building a completely new website or redesigning their current one.
- CSS Frames v2, full-height
- Create the visual effect of HTML frames with CSS and make the scrolling area stretch to 100 % height regardless of the amount of content.
- Transparent custom corners and borders, version 2
- CSS Validator colour warnings are not errors
- Messages about missing colours or background-colours are not errors and can often safely be ignored.
- A new window script that uses object literal notation for better portability and lets you choose which attribute-value pairs will open links in new windows.
- Barrier-free Web design, a.k.a. Web accessibility 2.0 (co-authored with Tommy Olsson)
- An attempt to explain why we believe that including everybody does not risk excluding people with disabilities.
- Have your say about the future of HTML (co-authored with Lachlan Hunt and Molly E. Holzschlag)
- The WHATWG is seeking feedback from the community. Here is your chance to influence the direction of the future development of HTML.
- Comment posting guidelines
- A few simple guidelines for improving the quality of comments you post on this and other blogs.
- Resolution vs. browser size vs. fixed or adaptive width
- If you want to make your design look its best at a certain width, optimise it for that width. But there is little reason to constrain the site to that width.
- Click here and other meaningless link phrases
- Many sites use link phrases that are anonymous and meaningless. Help improve the Web by making yourself and your clients think before you link.
- 10 must haves in IE Next
- My ten most wanted bug fixes or new features in whatever becomes the next version of Internet Explorer.
- 97% of websites still inaccessible
- 97 percent of websites examined in a global survey on behalf of the United Nations do not meet even the most basic accessibility requirements.
- Six things that suck about the Web in 2006
- A rant about some of the trends that I find really annoying about the Web in 2006.
- Internet Explorer and the CSS box model
- Various methods of dealing with the incorrect CSS box model used by older versions of Internet Explorer for Windows.
Published on Vitamin
- Why standards still matter
- Please keep on writing helpful tutorials and informative articles and books on Web standards, accessibility, and best practices in general.
As you will notice if you look through the list it contains a mix of tutorials, opinions, open questions, and rants. Comments are still open, so if you have something to add, please do.