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.
Automatically list your most recent WinAmp songs at your site with this free WinAmp plug-in.[hat tip: Sian Evans]
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 premier issue of Thinking Around the Corners by Kristian Walker. Fascinating reading.[hat tip: zeldman.com]
The head lemur’s latest interviewee is The Rev. A. K. M. Adam. See how technology and theology work together.
- Text Sizing: The Ground Will Not Be Friends With You
Owen Briggs, well known for his CSS box lessons and co-author of the terrific new CSS book, Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation, has been working on font sizing issues, and now he’s provided the rest of us with 264 screenshots rendering fonts in the most popular browsers. Owen’s screenshots can help provide amazing insight about what all the browsers do (or don’t do) to fonts. Absolutely incredible resource.
- TopStyle Pro 3 Beta Released
The popular TopStyle CSS editor is in the midst of beta testing its upcoming Pro 3 CSS/HTML/XHTML Editor for Windows. Read the details about this substantially improved and expanded new version, download the latest beta to check it out and provide feedback and ask questions at their beta newsgroup.
I spent about 90 minutes trying it out last night and was blown away with the new features. In addition to being an exceptional CSS editing tool, TopStyle’s new beta version fully integrates the ability to write and validate HTML and XHTML within TopStyle and convert existing HTML to XHTML with the integrated HTML Tidy. Trying several of the new features brought impressive results.
TopStyle’s creator, Nick Bradbury, also created HomeSite and continued its development for Allaire until 1999. (Allaire is now merged with Macromedia.) Nick really listens and responds to community feedback, in addition to being an extremely gifted and forward-thinking developer. Somehow I’m not surprised to see this latest major expansion of TopStyle, and I look forward to the Pro 3.0 final version coming soon.[hat tip: wise-women discussion list]
Design and Development
- CSE HTML Validator Online Check
Now you can validate your HTML, XHTML and CSS at the CSE HTML Validator site.
I’ve also used the Pro version for several years now, which integrates seamlessly with HomeSite and other programs. I use CSE HTML Validator as I create or make changes to a site, and once I’ve finished the markup for a page I validate via W3C’s validator as a final check.
- Real-World Browser Size Stats, Part II
By Adrian Roselli (aka aardvark at evolt.org). Although written almost two years ago now, this is an article that I continue to revisit for its excellent information and insight about the open browser window space and not the actual window size in determining design needs.[hat tip: evolt’s thelist discussion list]
- Xara Webstyle 3 Released
May 30th Xara announced their new Xara Webstyle 3, a vector graphics template based program that allows you to create navigation bars with rollover effects and DHTML menus, animated banner ads, headings and many other graphic types - or even do basic photo processing, all with the click of a button.
- Neat New Stuff
By Marylaine Block, this week’s (June 7th) issue is especially good, including links to dealing with corrupt CDs, fixing up your home, information longevity, an exceptional medical search site, a great reference for herbs and spices, free images and much more. She keeps the last 6 months' issues archived at the site.
- 3D Stereograms - Eye Tricks
See if you can find the 3D images within these pictures.
- Top 50 PDA Games at Palmgear
The title says it all. Great resource for popular and fun games for your PDA.
- Useless Knowledge
So much trivia here it will make your head spin. You can also add a Useless Knowledge feed to your site!