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Archives by Month: August, 2002

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

Fri

30

AUG

2002

Friday Feast #21: Keeping it Simple

Peter-Paul Koch’s new article for Digital Web is about simple web design. His example is a site he built with 17 frames and tons of JavaScript during the version 3 and 4 generation browser time frame. And by the way, the site wouldn’t work at all without JavaScript, and he needed to use that many frames for consistency cross-browser and cross-platform in those days. Read how his thinking evolved from that to a simpler, more effective approach for the same site with today’s generation browsers. In a similar light, I wrote a chapter for a DHTML textbook that taught... (1662 words, 26 links)

09:23 am, pdt30 August, 2002

Thu

29

AUG

2002

W3C: More Working Drafts, HTML Group Rechartered*

The W3C has published more working drafts that are well worth a look. They also encourage and invite feedback, so check out the links below, where you’ll find the working drafts and information on how to provide feedback and join in on their discussions. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Working Draft This August 22 working draft is a work-in-progress and it’s a great time to read this and provide input. They also provide publicly available archives from discussions. XForms 1.0 Working Draft Promising to be more flexible than previous HTML and XHTML form technologies, XForms separate content from presentation, allowing for... (247 words, 8 links)

12:09 pm, pdt29 August, 2002

Mon

26

AUG

2002

No Standards? Great Comebacks to Excuses and Misconceptions

Karl Dubost has written some good responses at W3C, My Web site is standard! And yours? You’ll also find plenty of helpful tips and information, too.... (27 words, 2 links)

08:53 am, pdt26 August, 2002

Categories: Standards

Fri

23

AUG

2002

Friday Feast #20: Chemistry, AOL, Netscape, Standards, and Mac OS X

Keeping with the tradition I started with Friday Feasts, today’s is no exception and is truly a mixed pot of links. Chemistry in chemistry class? Even though my school chemistry days are long over, I found the WebElements site to be so fun, interesting, and well done. Click on an element to go to a page all about that particular element. My long-ago chemistry teacher would be shocked to know that I still remember some of the elements, especially since I was far more interested in the cute guy at the next desk, as I recall. I found out... (483 words, 20 links)

04:02 pm, pdt23 August, 2002

Thu

22

AUG

2002

Web Standards: Show and Tell Time

I keep mentioning Jeffrey Zeldman, but I like what he says, partly because I so often agree with him and partly because he can get straight to the point so well and so often. Today’s post is no exception in which he responds to frequent questions he receives about how to “sell” standards to a boss, client, or co-workers. His point is not to sell them at all but instead to show them. He also lists a few of the limitless benefits. My own experience underlines how well that approach can work with standards-based sites. People so often like... (839 words, 12 links)

02:09 pm, pdt22 August, 2002

Categories: CSS, Design, Standards

Wed

21

AUG

2002

PDF, Frames, and Accessibility

Jim Byrne gives a good rundown of PDF accessibility challenges, issues and helpful solutions. As Jim states, PDF documents are not accessible by default. To help accessibility, Adobe Acrobat 5 provides an option to add tags to elements of PDF documents. There are more tips mentioned in Jim’s informative article. Jim has also recently written about accessibility and frames, and you’ll find more helpful tips and articles at his site, too.... (73 words, 4 links)

09:07 am, pdt21 August, 2002

Categories: Accessibility

Mon

19

AUG

2002

Nielsen’s Latest: Font Sizing Issues

Jakob Nielsen has joined the band wagon about browsers and font sizing issues in his latest alertbox issue. Jeffrey Zeldman’s Daily Report already states much of what I think about all this, and I agree that Nielsen’s heart is in the right place even if a few of his facts are a bit amiss. (305 words, 16 links)

08:00 pm, pdt19 August, 2002

19

AUG

2002

Netscape 4.8?!

New FTP space at Netscape dated August 15th, 2002: Netscape 4.8. Please tell me that’s a mistake or just a bad dream. [hat tip: epiphany]... (28 words, 3 links)

02:53 pm, pdt19 August, 2002

Categories: Browsers

Sat

17

AUG

2002

Web Design and Food

I recently read these tantalizing words at OnlineOrganizing.com that would end up changing my world as I’d previously known it: Could you use A LITTLE HELP staying on top of your chores, errands, and “to-do's”? So why do you have to do them all yourself? You now have access to a myriad of TIME-SAVING SERVICES that will reduce your “to-do” list and leave some room in your schedule for enjoying life. Just click on the buttons below to find out how you can clear up those endless chores without sacrificing all of your free time.[1] OK, that was an... (674 words, 24 links)

01:35 pm, pdt17 August, 2002

Categories: Design, Web Biz

Fri

16

AUG

2002

Friday Feast #19: Computer Use, Musicians, and Injuries

When is the last time you warmed up or did stretching exercises before starting to work at your computer? I’m no mind reader, but I suspect most haven’t even thought about it, at least not until you have so much pain in your neck, wrist, or hands that you can’t type and end up at the doctor’s office with a diagnosis of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), pinched nerves, or more. See TIFAQ’s Glossary for a long list of daunting possibilities that can and do occur every single day. (1443 words, 74 links, 3 images)

11:12 am, pdt16 August, 2002

Thu

15

AUG

2002

CSS and Cross-Browser Lists

Eric Meyer has a helpful article at his site, Lists and Indentation, that explains how various browsers render bulleted lists and some tips for how to get the results you wish to achieve. I’ve got this one bookmarked for reference. Thanks, Eric.... (44 words, 3 links)

12:02 pm, pdt15 August, 2002

Categories: CSS

Wed

14

AUG

2002

Information Architecture at Digital Web

August is Information Architecture month at Digital Web. This week’s additions include: New Tutorial Mind your phraseology! Using controlled vocabularies to improve findability An insightful tutorial on phraseology by Christina Wodtke. We’ve all been to sites at which the search function and related data is marginal at best. Christine provides some excellent examples and information. While you’re at it, check out Christina’s upcoming book, Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web. New Interview An interview with Jeffrey Veen and Jesse James Garrett of Adaptive Path This new interview by Meryl K. Evans gives more terrific insight about Information Architecture -... (154 words, 9 links, 3 images)

12:55 pm, pdt14 August, 2002

Mon

12

AUG

2002

Why Use Standards for Your Site - More To Show Your Boss or Your Clients

The other day I mentioned Paul Boutin’s informative new article about standards, Web Standards for Hard Times. I got sidetracked and meant to also mention the W3C’s new article by Dominique Hazaël-Massieux, Buy standards compliant web sites. Written as part of the W3C’s relatively new Quality Assurance Activity outreach, this new article provides several good points about why standards matter for your site. While already well done, they indicate that it’s still in rough draft form, so check back for the most recent version.... (87 words, 5 links)

10:17 am, pdt12 August, 2002

Categories: Design, Standards

Fri

9

AUG

2002

Friday Feast #18: Let There Be Weblogs

Today’s Friday Feast is all about weblogs. There are new books and interesting articles about the evolution of this fascinating and popular phenomenon. About Weblogs BlogRoots Website that accompanies the new book, We Blog: Publishing Online with Weblogs, by Meg Hourihan, Matt Haughey, and Paul Bausch. There are also 2 chapters online from the book, one about blogs and other about using weblogs for business. Corante on Blogging Fabulous weblog about blogging - gathers info about weblogging by quoting many other bloggers about blogging. By Hylton Jolliffe. Trellix and Blogging, Part 2 Check out Dan Bricklin’s explanation of integrating... (226 words, 12 links)

03:31 pm, pdt 9 August, 2002

Categories: Books, Friday Feast, Weblogs

Thu

8

AUG

2002

Web Standards a More Cost Effective Approach?

If you haven’t already, check out the new article at Webmonkey by Paul Boutin, Web Standards for Hard Times. You might take a copy of it with you when you need to convince your boss about using standards.... (40 words, 2 links)

11:04 am, pdt 8 August, 2002

Categories: Standards

Tue

6

AUG

2002

W3C’s been busy with XHTML, CSS, and more

W3C has been busy, as always, this time with some new XHTML and CSS: XHTML news: XHTML 1.0, Second Edition Recommendation is now published. Check out the W3C’s handy diff-marked version to see the changes highlighted. XHTML 2.0 Working Draft is now available online for review and comments. This upcoming version is not intended to be backward compatible with its earlier versions. Appendix A will describe the differences from XHTML 1.1, but as of this morning the information is not yet posted to the W3C site. CSS news: CSS 2.1 “last call working draft” is also published online. The “last... (883 words, 28 links)

11:06 am, pdt 6 August, 2002

Categories: Design, Standards

Mon

5

AUG

2002

VisiBone’s Latest: JavaScript Tools

Bob Stein of VisiBone has been at it again, this time with new JavaScript tools—a JavaScript card and a JavaScript Foldout. Take your pick. VisiBone’s owner asks, listens, and responds to feedback, and this latest addition to their terrific tools is a direct result. You’ll also find plenty of helpful information about JavaScript at the VisiBone site, too. While you’re there, check out his exceptional color tools and HTML / CSS tools, too. VisiBone’s color and HTML / CSS charts are right here on my desk for handy reference, and the color posters are gorgeous works of art in addition to... (122 words, 8 links)

01:11 pm, pdt 5 August, 2002

Categories: Browsers, CSS, Design

Fri

2

AUG

2002

Friday Feast #17: My Life with Elsewhere and the Business of Web Design

I want to thank everyone publicly for all the kind inquiry notes about the unexpected, unplanned time off from Brainstorms and Raves. It warms my heart to be missed, and I appreciate all the kind notes so much. Elsewhere Who? No one has been in the hospital, and my family and I are all OK, but my old friend Elsewhere[1] unexpectedly needed extensive time with me. Elsewhere still needs more of my time than usual right now, but we’ve agreed to figure out a way to strike a balance, too. Elsewhere has also been talking about a vacation soon... (513 words, 11 links)

12:18 pm, pdt 2 August, 2002

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