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Archives by Month: April, 2001

Listed below are excerpts and links to all weblog, blog entries, posts published during April, 2001.

Wed

25

APR

2001

Planning for a Redesign or a New Web Site

An essential part of a new site or site redesign is planning it well. An analogy of this is like painting the exterior of your house. Some people may just go buy some paint and a brush and get to work. The result could be paint splattered on the sidewalk, plants being ruined from not being protected or from being stomped on, paint drips down the windows, and not noticing that indoor paint was purchased by accident. Woops. You’ll have a much better chance at great results if you spend a little time preparing for the job. Think about... (408 words, 9 links)

09:53 am, pdt25 April, 2001

Tue

24

APR

2001

Typebox: A New Online Font Foundry

While I tend to mention font foundries more at my other column, Tips & Tidbits, I don’t want to neglect the issue of fonts here at Brainstorms & Raves, either. Whether you think of fonts as a beautiful art form as I do in addition to their function, or if you’re just looking around for good typefaces, there are many great ones available online. Typebox is a new online font foundry to keep an eye on. They’re currently offering a free dingbat font, Toolbox, which is an inspired from a father’s toolbox of one of the founders. Nice font.... (157 words, 5 links)

11:12 am, pdt24 April, 2001

Categories: Typography

Sat

21

APR

2001

The Meta Tag Myth

Earlier this week someone asked me about checking the meta tags within his site. Unfortunately, he had heard the big myth that good keywords in meta tags are all that’s needed to rank #1 at the major search engines. There are a variety of factors involved to achieve high search engine rankings. I recently wrote a tutorial on designing search engine friendly sites that include some top-notch sites for search engine information. Here’s some brief info: Designing For Search Engines and Stars published at Digital Web (my latest tutorial) provides a sweeping overview of many of the details to... (350 words, 5 links)

10:53 am, pdt21 April, 2001

Categories: SEO

Tue

17

APR

2001

Prelude, by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

HarperCollins emailed the poem below to me along with another one that I’ll post soon, too, both of which are from Oriah Mountain Dreamer’s new book coming out in September. If you are interested in reprinting this or copying it for your own site, you’ll need to get permission from HarperCollins. If you send me an email requesting contact info for HarperCollins, I’ll send you the contact person’s email address at HarperCollins. What if it truly doesn’t matter what you do but how you do whatever you do? How would this change what you choose to do with your... (569 words, 2 links)

10:54 pm, pdt17 April, 2001

Categories: Personal

Mon

16

APR

2001

Blogger Technology Licensed by Trellix

Yep, you read that right! Dan Bricklin, founder and CTO of Trellix, in his own Blogger weblog entry of April 15th writes How the Blogger Deal Happened, the story of his interest in Blogger and then how the purchase transpired. Interesting reading. Here’s also a snippet of the press release: Trellix Acquires License to Pyra Labs' Blogger Technology Trellix to Integrate and Offer Leading Web Logging Technology Through Its Network of Private-Label Partnerships CONCORD, Mass. and SAN FRANCISCO - April 16, 2001 - Trellix® Corp., the leading provider of web site publishing software and managed hosting services to top Internet... (205 words, 5 links)

12:05 am, pdt16 April, 2001

Categories: Weblogs

Thu

12

APR

2001

Can Flash Sites Be User-Friendly?

Chris MacGregor, well known for his Flazoom Web site and creative Flash work, has written a thorough white paper, Developing User-Friendly Flash Content, answering this question. Chris’s white paper is extensive, going through the step-by-step process of developing a Flash site with usability and user friendliness in mind. I think you’ll easily see that the possibilities are truly endless with creating Flash content that still allows for accessibility issues and user friendliness. "Macromedia Flash content and usability were once considered opposites. This is no longer true. The journey metaphor puts usability thinking into the Macromedia Flash development cycle. By... (168 words, 5 links)

03:47 pm, pdt12 April, 2001

Categories: Design

Mon

9

APR

2001

Design and Redesign Disasters

Jean Kaiser, About.com’s guide to Web Design, wrote a new article this past week about her experiences with a former client who had another designer supposedly "redesign" their site. Death of a Web Site, Redesign regrets and how to avoid them had my stomach turning knots the entire time as I read her story. Unfortunately there are so many people out there claiming to be web designers who really don’t know what they’re doing and at least as many who believe them. And by the way, one of my colleagues just took on a project to fix a site... (704 words, 3 links)

05:01 pm, pdt 9 April, 2001

Categories: Design

Thu

5

APR

2001

Sneak Peeks at Veen’s New Web Design Book

Jeffrey Veen’s writings are certainly all over the Web! You can now read chapter excerpts from his new book at WebReference.com, The Art & Science of Web Design. After all the great comments about it from colleagues and friends whose opinions carry great weight with me, I now have Veen’s web design book sitting right in front of me as I write this. I’ve only scanned through the highlights and have read a few chapters so far, but I’ve been finding it to be a very well done book and worth checking out. So far it certainly appears to... (229 words, 7 links, 1 image)

05:45 pm, pdt 5 April, 2001

Categories: Books, Design, Reviews

Sun

1

APR

2001

What Time Is It in Vienna, New York, San Francisco?

It’s tough enough keeping track of time differences everywhere, and then Daylight Saving Time kicks in. I decided I’d check around to see what I could find out. To keep track of where daylight saving time is or isn’t used, check the Worldwide Daylight Saving Time Web site. If you really want to delve into the world of Daylight Saving Time, there’s About.com’s Daylight Saving Time section by Matt Rosenberg and a site by Ann Salzman at the University of Illinois called (not surprisingly!) Daylight Saving Time. Both sites offer lots of resources for everything you want to know... (301 words, 15 links)

01:26 am, pst 1 April, 2001

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