Blog posts tagged “Web”

Drop caps in the wild
March 1, 2008

Anyone who's created drop caps on Web sites knows they can be challenging to say the least. Every browser displays them their own way, requiring a variety of CSS hacks or conditional comments to give them some semblance of what was originally designed. The other day, I came across an obscure variation of the :first-letter inheritance bug present in IE that had me really scratching my head.

Helvetica is bad for your body
February 3, 2008

Every time I come across a site designed to use Helvetica for body text, I wish I never installed it.

You are not your own worst tester
April 17, 2007

When creating an application or a Web site, a rule of thumb is that you should not be the tester in your own usability test. I mostly agree with this, but when you are short on time, budget, and testers, testing yourself can prove to be just as useful.

Tips for organizing your CSS
September 10, 2006

While CSS is a powerful technology, managing it can be tricky—especially when working with someone else's style sheet or an old one you haven't looked at in a while. There's a lot going on in style sheets so organization is key. I've worked with CSS for several years now have developed a few simple techniques that work really well for me.

Check it, don't select it
December 17, 2005

Usability and accessibility are all the rage right now and that's great because it's slowly making the web a better place. Unfortunately, some of the goodies in our bags of tricks aren't quite up to snuff when it comes to these two areas. One such goody is the good old select element—specifically with the multiple attribute enabled. How about we do away with them and try something different?

IE's beta Developer Toolbar
September 17, 2005

The folks on the IE team announced the availability of the beta of a new toolbar for IE geared towards web developers. Taking their cue almost directly from Chris Pederick, developer of the popular Web Developer extention for Firefox, the new tool has plenty of features that are remarkably similar to its competitor, but also some new handy ones.

DIY or DIFM?
September 6, 2005

Almost everything happens in cycles and I've been noticing the mindset towards web development going through its own cycles lately. Most, who care about the future of the web agree that web standards are crucial and can ultimately make our lives easier when it comes to maintaining code, saving money, etc.; but what about the tools we use to create our sites? This is what has me excited but pretty worried and a bit cheesed off as well.

Google Earth, first impressions
June 28, 2005

Google Earth has just been released and after playing with it for a few hours, there is plenty to go over.

Wildly useful free Web development programs
May 28, 2005

There are probably tens if not hundreds of thousands of programs out there for almost anything you can imagine and a small portion of those are geared solely toward Web development but they're not all top notch. Now, when I refer to Web development, I mean all sides of it including graphics, coding, and everything else. Sure, there are the usual players like the Adobe/Macromedia products but what I enjoy the most are the small free programs that someone made in their free time and decided to release to the world in case anyone else might need them. These sometimes require some hunting down to find and can be well worth it.

Virtual Earth
May 24, 2005

It was announced by Bill Gates today that a new service will be revealed this summer called MSN Virtual Earth—Clearly a direct competitor to Google Maps.

Public browser development
April 23, 2005

The amount of progress on browser development made available to the public between companies ranges from almost anything you want to know to next to nothing. There are others but those are the extremes. This has me wondering, why aren't we given answers to the questions we ask about the development process?

Zenfandel
April 16, 2005

I recieved an unexpected but wonderful email this afternoon. It was from Dave Shea and it informed me that my submission titled Zenfandel has been accepted into to the CSS Zen Garden as an official design.

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