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Archives by Month: June, 2002

Listed below are excerpts and links to all weblog, blog entries, posts published during June, 2002.

Fri

28

JUN

2002

Friday Feast #15: W3C, Standards, and Device Independence

Device independence is a phrase that I think you’ll be hearing a lot more of in the days ahead. You’ve already been hearing about separating content and presentation, for example. Well, that’s an important part of device independence. The W3C wants to ensure that information can be available in a variety of ways, not just via a Web browser. If we approach markup for our websites with flexibility in mind, the content will be much easier to adapt than if it’s enmeshed in nested table cells, font tags, and a myriad of other markup. Using CSS can help separate... (413 words, 13 links)

09:17 am, pdt28 June, 2002

Categories: CSS, Friday Feast, Standards

Wed

26

JUN

2002

Color Matters to Color Matters

The June/July issue of the Color Matters Newsletter popped into my Inbox packed with lots of goodies about color, including how humans respond to red in a variety of cultures, M&M’s new purple, color trends (which happens to involve purple, too!), color and e-branding, and more. You can read the online version at the Color Matters site.... (58 words, 3 links)

11:45 am, pdt26 June, 2002

Categories: Design

Tue

25

JUN

2002

Digital Web Wants Your Talent

Digital Web Magazine is looking for people to help with a redesign of their site and their weekly publication. This is a terrific opportunity to use your skills, get more exposure, and have lots of fun with a more-than-worthy cause. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with top-notch folks in the field, including Nick Finck, Molly Holzschlag, Meryl Evans, Rudy Limeback, Peter Fielding, Ben Henick, Jesse Nieminen, James McNally, and others. If you have one or more of the skills listed below and a little time to give to this popular independent magazine, click on the corresponding links... (160 words, 11 links)

11:52 am, pdt25 June, 2002

Categories: Design

Sun

23

JUN

2002

MusicXML: Music Notation Interchange for the Internet

As a musician and web designer/developer, I’ve been especially interested in the development of universal standards for music notation that can be easily shared or exchanged via the Internet. I’ve watched several approaches come and go, but MusicXML has become the most successful standard for Western music notation interchange since MIDI. Although in development quite some time before releasing, MusicXML’s beta version has only been available for seven short months, since October, 2001, so this is quite an impressive start. (1826 words, 72 links)

06:21 pm, pdt23 June, 2002

Fri

21

JUN

2002

Friday Feast #14: CSS, Design, Typography, Unicode, Usability

Today’s Friday Feast has links about typography, including CSS, design and unicode, and also has some links on usability and design. Some are new articles and some aren’t, but they’re all worth a look. CSS and Typography Banking on CSS Inheritance Helpful explanation of how CSS inheritance works, using analogies, diagrams, and real world examples of using CSS inheritance. Also mentions Netscape 4 bugs. By Dave Sawyer McFarland, creativepro.com contributing editor. Style Sheets Known Issues Netscape 4’s developer section with listing of version 4 CSS bugs. Understanding Typography Controls with CSS Well written article about many typography capabilities of CSS. As... (556 words, 22 links)

08:55 am, pdt21 June, 2002

Thu

20

JUN

2002

New CSS Article at Digital Web

Digital Web continues this month’s CSS theme welcoming David Wertheimer’s new column, Wide Open. David begins with First Time Caller, addressing issues of site visitors and working with standards compliancy, CSS, HTML versions and more at many of the high-profile retail and media websites. How does all that fare with addressing the visitors to these large sites? See what David thinks about it all.... (67 words, 5 links)

12:30 pm, pdt20 June, 2002

Categories: CSS, Design, Standards

Wed

19

JUN

2002

Upcoming Online Accessibility Class

The HWG/IWA is starting the next session of their popular Accessible Web Design online course July 15th. The course is being taught by Kynn and Liz Bartlett. Kynn, a longtime accessibility advocate, is also past president of the HWG and author of the upcoming new book, Sams Teach Yourself Cascading Style Sheets in 24 Hours. (647 words, 13 links, 1 image)

11:24 am, pdt19 June, 2002

Tue

18

JUN

2002

Whatever Happened to...?

Prompted by a graphics program inquiry from my websitetips.com site, I discovered Sue Chastain’s About.com Graphics section, Whatever happened to...? This section provides information about graphics programs that have been discontinued, changed names, or changed companies due to mergers and other reasons. Included are links to where they are now if the programs are still available. Whatever happened to...? is a great page to refer to when you’re trying to track down a graphics program that isn’t where you thought it was anymore or if you’re curious about a program’s history. Freehand, for example, began with Aldus, which was... (113 words, 5 links)

12:17 pm, pdt18 June, 2002

Categories: Graphics

Mon

17

JUN

2002

Macromedia and Opera Join Forces

Yep, it’s true, folks. Macromedia and Opera are joining forces to include Flash with Opera’s embedded browsers for wireless devices. From the press releases they’re sending me lately, it appears that Opera is moving forward in continually bigger and broader ways. Here’s their latest: Opera and Macromedia join forces to improve user experience on devices: Macromedia to Extend Reach in Embedded Space via Opera San Francisco, CA and Oslo, Norway - June 17, 2002 - Macromedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:MACR) and Opera Software ASA today announced that Macromedia Flash Player will be available to licensees of Opera’s embedded browsers. Opera will... (557 words, 6 links)

07:07 pm, pdt17 June, 2002

Fri

14

JUN

2002

Friday Feast #13: Accessibility, Usability, Blogs, CSS, Design, JavaScript, and Fun

Today’s Friday Feast has its usual eclectic mix from accessibility to zoology. Well, there’s not really zoology here today, but you get the drift. And there’s more to be found in the archives. Accessibility Accessibility Resources Usability SIG’s excellent section on accessibility resources, covering standards, guidelines, organizations, testing services, and general articles. Blogs BUZZ The new weblog at The Web Standards Project (WaSP). Several of us on the WaSP Steering Committee will be keeping it up-to-date with the latest info and tips that in any way relate to web standards. Visit often. CSS /CSS/ - a guide for the... (492 words, 22 links, 3 images)

10:00 am, pdt14 June, 2002

Wed

12

JUN

2002

Digital Web’s Latest on CSS: Product Reviews and an Interview

Continuing this month’s CSS theme at Digital Web, fascinating reading is to be had in the new interview of Eric Meyer by Meryl Evans. Topics include CSS standards, CSS positioning and flexibility, Eric’s Standards Evangelist work for Netscape, and even his weekly Radio show. In the process, Eric explains CSS1 and CSS2, his work with the W3C, his thoughts about using tables, CSS and accessibility, cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility, and thoughts about future possibilities. Jesse Nieminen has written two new reviews this week for Digital Web, writing favorably about the new VisiBone Web Color KiloChart and Adobe After Effects... (140 words, 11 links, 1 image)

08:44 am, pdt12 June, 2002

Categories: Books, CSS, Design, Graphics

Tue

11

JUN

2002

The Web Standards Project

The new WaSP site is now live. WaSP wants to help people learn about, understand, and implement standards-compliant sites. The new site will continue to grow with that in mind. Work continues, of course, with browser makers and tool makers toward creating products that support W3C recommendations. WaSP Kudos and Comments WebReference Update, written by Andy King, gave WaSP a terrific write-up yesterday that also describes some of what you’ll find at the new site, including a blog with all the latest and a new Learn section. Rogue Librarian, written by Carrie Bickner, writes much about the WaSP relaunch,... (190 words, 12 links, 2 images)

07:51 am, pdt11 June, 2002

Categories: CSS, Design, Standards

Mon

10

JUN

2002

New CSS Book Preview at WebReference

May 17th I mentioned the exceptional new CSS book, Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation, by Owen Briggs, Steve Champeon, Eric Costello, Matthew Patterson. Now you can preview the first chapter at WebReference: Chapter 1: Foundation Concepts. This well written history of how we evolved to where we are today with XHTML and CSS provides the backdrop to the rest of the book’s practical, real world CSS. The book itself describes one of the reasons why I like it so much: “This book is a focused guide to using CSS for the visual design of web pages. It’s... (131 words, 6 links, 1 image)

11:42 am, pdt10 June, 2002

10

JUN

2002

WaSP’s Relaunch Around the Corner

Wired News announces WaSP’s relaunch set for Tuesday in an informative interview with Jeffrey Zeldman and Tim Bray by Paul Boutin, Browsing Around for New Targets. The Web Standards Project relaunch includes helping to educate designers and developers about web standards. So stay tuned, as we’re almost ready to go.... (52 words, 3 links)

07:13 am, pdt10 June, 2002

Categories: Design, Standards

10

JUN

2002

Opera Now Supports Smartphones

The W3C has recommended it, WaSP has encouraged it, and here’s one of the results of XHTML and web standards. Opera now supports the new standards XHTML (WAP2/Mobile Profile) and cHTML (i-Mode), meaning that smartphones can use the fully-featured, scalable and modular Opera browser. See their press release below. If you develop websites, why should you care about that? There’s growing movement toward separating content from structure in building websites, too. Advancing mobile phone and PDA technology has made surfing the Web a reality on these devices and will be commonplace before too long. Many of us already use Avantgo,... (709 words, 15 links)

06:26 am, pdt10 June, 2002

Sun

9

JUN

2002

What?! No 24/7 Shopping?

Like many of us, I’ve become so accustomed to and even rely on being able to shop online whenever I wish, regardless of the day or time. I was surprised to find the following notice Saturday evening at amazon.com: Well, perhaps they plan their downtime during their most off-peak times. After all, it was Saturday night. Everyone was still out on the town while I was back home watching Saturday Night Live. In true amazon.com style, though, they even offered to send visitors an e-mail as soon as they came back online. As of this post about 18 hours... (312 words, 14 links, 1 image)

06:19 pm, pdt 9 June, 2002

Categories: Internet

Sat

8

JUN

2002

New Typography Weblog

Typographica is a wonderfully written typography-related weblog by Joshua Lurie-Terrell, Stephen Coles, Matthew Bardram, and Patric King. You’ll find them and others speaking their minds about type designers, foundries, fonts, typography resources, and so much more. Eye-catching bonus: each time you visit or reload a page, the top-of-the-page nameplate banner changes to a new design with a different typeface. Nice design touch. Speaking of Stephen Coles, Stephen was also a guest reviewer last year for Brainstorms and Raves. See Special Review of the Latest Smash, TypeCon2001. More Typography archives... (93 words, 6 links)

12:04 pm, pdt 8 June, 2002

Categories: Typography, Weblogs

Fri

7

JUN

2002

Friday Feast #12: Blog Tools, Creativity, CSS, Design, Graphics, and Fun

Today’s Friday Feast has links to more exceptional CSS information, a fascinating interview about creativity and inspiration, new software releases, and more fun and assorted topics. And check out the Friday Feast archives for even more. Blog Tools BlogAmp Automatically list your most recent WinAmp songs at your site with this free WinAmp plug-in. [hat tip: Sian Evans] Blogrolling Automatically index your blog links with this easy-to-use link management tool that works with many blog publishing tools. [hat tip: Sian Evans] Creativity and Inspiration Interview: Jeffrey Zeldman Gifted designer Jeffrey Zeldman answers questions about creativity and inspiration for the... (864 words, 53 links, 5 images)

08:36 am, pdt 7 June, 2002

Thu

6

JUN

2002

New WaSP on the Way

Phase II of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) will finally launch in just a few days. As you’ll soon see, even though we may have been outwardly quiet for a bit, we’ve been busy working on Web standards issues and lots more than just a new site design. What to expect? In addition to working toward standards compliance with browser companies and authoring tool companies, WaSP would like its site be a good educational resource for web standards. As Zeldman also states, our next phase will emphasize developer education and standards compliance in authoring tools as well as browsers.... (101 words, 3 links)

11:34 am, pdt 6 June, 2002

Categories: Standards

6

JUN

2002

Learn the Basics of CSS

Interested in trying CSS? Then check out Getting Started with Cascading Style Sheets, a new tutorial at Wise-Women by Miraz Jordan. Follow along with these clear, easy-to-understand instructions to learn the basics of CSS, including creating an external style sheet, fonts and text, inheritance, margins, padding, borders, and how to use classes, span and div. Miraz also discusses the importance of validation, a few cross-browser tips, and links to helpful CSS resources. More on CSS Archives at Brainstorms & Raves CSS section at WebsiteTips.com... (87 words, 5 links)

09:51 am, pdt 6 June, 2002

Categories: CSS, Design, Standards

Wed

5

JUN

2002

CSS Promise vs. Reality: How Do They Compare?

Mark Newhouse addresses this question in his new article at Digital Web, Cascading Style Sheets, Promise vs. Reality, and a Look to the Future. Mark covers many important areas, including tables vs. CSS layouts, separating style and content, visual control, accessibility, leaner markup, forward compatibility, cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility, site maintenance, creativity and learning, and helpful links. This is an article not to be missed. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is this month’s theme at Digital Web with eye-stopping, CSS-inspired cover art by Christopher Schmitt. So stay tuned for more on CSS all month at Digital Web. They have a... (142 words, 7 links)

08:40 am, pdt 5 June, 2002

Tue

4

JUN

2002

Music and Web Design

What do music and web design have in common? I’ve noticed that many of us in the web design and development community are talented musicians, too. So I started an annotated listing as part of a new project of linking to independent musicians to help spread the word. I’m not making any promises, but that’s exactly how WebsiteTips.com got started long ago. By the way, I welcome and invite submissions, too. The best for me is to submit them via the submission form at my music site so they’ll be email filtered properly, but I appreciate them any way... (182 words, 5 links)

07:41 am, pdt 4 June, 2002

Categories: Colophon, Design, Music, Personal

Mon

3

JUN

2002

Using, Synchronizing Multiple Computers

Did you know that as of September 2001 more than 45% of the Internet users access their computers from more than one location? Perhaps you’re among them. I am. Jakob Nielsen’s new article, Supporting Multiple-Location Users, discusses user-friendly problems to easily synchronize data, firewall problems, lack of seamless task flow across computers, and little support for preserving settings in multiple locations. I can relate, especially in terms of needing to synchronize my main computer, my laptop, and my Handspring Prism, with my other home office computers tossed in to the mix here and there. I keep my computers and... (574 words, 13 links)

01:28 pm, pdt 3 June, 2002

Sun

2

JUN

2002

Chimera - Mozilla Browser for Mac OSX

The topic of Chimera, a new Cocoa-based Mac OS X Mozilla browser, has popped up in a few discussion lists, mostly with very positive comments. It looks well worth following along as it’s being developed. And if you have Mac OS X, you can download the latest version and nightly builds. Here a few links: Chimera Main site for information, the latest version and nightly builds, links. Discussions: Frequented by Chimera developers, users, testers, find announcements, the latest information, FAQs, and new friends: Chimera Board (message board), Chimera Mailing List (discussion list), Chimera Newsgroup.... (97 words, 8 links)

01:01 pm, pdt 2 June, 2002

Categories: Browsers

Sat

1

JUN

2002

Naked Librarians? NewBreed Librarian’s June Issue

From a rant about naked librarians to the TechTalk column on metadata, the June issue of NewBreed Librarian is another great one, fresh today.... (26 words, 4 links)

03:03 pm, pdt 1 June, 2002

Categories: Research

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