Archived posts, October 2003

CSS Frames updated

Today I checked my CSS Frames demo in IE5/Win for the first time. I discovered that things were a bit broken. Hrmm. Ooops. What I thought …

Posted on October 1, 2003 in CSS

Practices and Patterns

When you’re trying to come up with a good way of solving a design problem looking at how others have done is often very useful. While work…

Posted on October 2, 2003 in Web General, Usability

Soft dropshadow

I added another demo page to my Lab section. Soft dropshadow uses background images to create a dropshadow effect. The code is pretty simp…

Posted on October 4, 2003 in CSS

Very Weird Web

Have you ever used <object>, <embed> or <applet> to put ”active” content on a web page?

Posted on October 7, 2003 in Web General


In Designing For AOL - Your Take, D. Keith Robinson asks if we, the designers and developers, feel that the AOL browser is important and i…

Posted on October 7, 2003 in Web General, Browsers

Mid Pass Filter

Mid Pass Filter is a new CSS hack by Tantek Çelik. This hack is a filter that targets only version 5.x Internet Explorer for Windows brows…

Posted on October 11, 2003 in CSS

Doggie style HTML

Patrick Griffiths recently launched HTML Dog, a collection of resources and guides, with the ambition to help people learn standards compl…

Posted on October 13, 2003 in Web Standards, (X)HTML

Float it

Floatutorial is an excellent guide to floating elements. Understanding how floats work and how they can be used can be a bit confusing, so…

Posted on October 15, 2003 in CSS

URL rewriting

While reading about search engine optimization I’ve seen references to the Apache module mod_rewrite more than a few times. The idea is to…

Posted on October 15, 2003 in Web General, Search Engine Optimisation

Image tabs

At SimpleBits, Dan Cederholm has written a detailed explanation of how he implemented the navigation system for Fast Company by using an u…

Posted on October 15, 2003 in Accessibility, (X)HTML, CSS

Colour in design

Something that’s easily overlooked when designing a web site is how the use of colours affects the usability for colour-blind people. Dave…

Posted on October 21, 2003 in Web General, Accessibility, Usability

A List Apart relaunch

A List Apart version 3.0 has been launched. Very nice to see ALA back in action. Issue 160 contains three excellent articles: Facts and …

Posted on October 22, 2003 in CSS, Accessibility, Web General

SimpleQuiz Part IX

The latest in the SimpleQuiz series is Part IX › Smart Linking. The subject is different ways of marking up links within a sentence. As Da…

Posted on October 25, 2003 in (X)HTML

Safari 1.1

Friday night Apple released Mac OS X 10.3, a.k.a. Panther. A great new version with loads of improvements. I don’t normally write about op…

Posted on October 26, 2003 in Browsers

CSS Borders

Next time you’re styling a border with CSS, try something new. Instead of going from your editor of choice to your browser and back in a l…

Posted on October 26, 2003 in CSS

Coding with Web Standards

Here’s a list of good reads for anyone interested in learning why coding with web standards will make your life easier: Jeffrey Zeldman …

Posted on October 28, 2003 in Web Standards


For a nice explanation of the differences between HTML and XHTML, as well as recommendations on when to use what and why, check out the Oc…

Posted on October 29, 2003 in (X)HTML

More Sliding Doors

Last week, when A List Apart was relaunched, my favourite article was Doug Bowman’s Sliding Doors of CSS. This week’s ALA brings us Slidin…

Posted on October 31, 2003 in CSS

Joe Clark interview


Posted on October 31, 2003 in Web Standards, Accessibility, Interviews