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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?

On one condition…
October 17, 2005

Last week, there was a post made on the IEBlog recommending the use of conditional comments instead of CSS hacks to target IE browsers. The IE team has diligently been working to fix many of the parsing bugs present in previous versions and they claim that continuing to use CSS hacks will cause sites to look peculiar in IE7 since the common hacks won't work any more. My response: Why?

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.

Zazzle gets new investors
July 18, 2005

According to an article on ZDNet, my favorite poster/card/t-shirt producing company Zazzle has some new investors and according to their short but successful track record, the outlook is pretty good.

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.

Exposé 3 arrives
May 12, 2005

After a long wait, Exposé 3, the industry's finest art book around has been unveiled featuring fantastic art once again. Each of the books in this series continues to amaze me and this one is no exception.

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.

Anatomy of Sanctuary
April 16, 2005

I had a fun time analyzing and documenting how I made Confidence in my previous article so I figured I'd do it again but this time with Sanctuary.

Anatomy of Confidence
March 27, 2005

I'm not trying to toot my own horn here but I'm often asked how I'm able to create fractals the way I do. There is never an easy explanation—especially since the answer can often get technical very quickly and few people even know what a fractal is let alone the program that I use to make them. This is an attempt at trying to explain how I created my Confidence fractal.

Color me Textured
March 17, 2005

When I became interested in fractal art and started researching it, I found plenty to keep me occupied for quite a while. What grabbed my attention and has yet to let it go is the level of detail the fractal artists put into their work and how "real" it made their images look. That's what intially drew me to this form of art and I wanted to do it too. What's possible still amazes me but now I've developed my own methods of detailing my work.

IE7
February 16, 2005

As if I could resist mentioning the recent announcement of IE7. Just yesterday at the RSA Security conference, Bill Gates announced that a beta the next version of Internet Explorer will be made available this summer.

Fractal Philosophizing
January 7, 2005

If you asked the person sitting next to you what fractal art was, there's a fairly good chance that they would cock their head to one side and look at you quizzically. It is this response with which I am greeted when I answer the often-asked question of the hobbies I enjoy.

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