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Archives by Month: November, 2002

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

Fri

29

NOV

2002

Friday Feast #27: All About Weblogs, Syndication Discussions

Weblog syndication has been a hot topic around the weblog community the past couple of weeks, so I’m passing along some links about that in addition to some terrific links to or about weblogs. All About Weblogs I keep discovering or rediscovering such interesting weblogs and sites related to weblogging. Here are just a few from the past week or so. Peter Scott’s Weblog Compendium is a fabulously information-packed site about weblogs, including links to directories of weblogs, weblog tools, news articles about weblogs, weblog templates, and much more. Amazing resource. Steve Rokita’s Cyberfrost.net weblog is an absolute gold... (333 words, 12 links)

10:20 am, pst29 November, 2002

Wed

27

NOV

2002

Thanksgiving and Fancy Tablecloths

This year for Thanksgiving marks the first time since I was 11 years old that my entire family has been together for a holiday. My brother and sister and I are dear to each other and we’d be friends even if we weren’t related. We just haven’t always lived in the same state, and it hasn’t been easy to get together at the same time and place. And my 84-year-old dad’s decided that living along the California coast is where he wants to spend his days now. The entire clan will be at my house tomorrow, though, flying in... (536 words, 1 link, 1 image)

11:11 pm, pst27 November, 2002

Categories: Personal

Tue

26

NOV

2002

W3C’s New Validator

Earlier today W3C released their latest version of the Markup Validation Service. Their November 26th latest news listing tells what’s new under the hood in addition to improved accessibility features and wider support. Their new validator will validate your HTML as always, and it will also validate XHTML, SVG, MathML, and more. Validator Favelets W3C has also provided several handy Validator favelets to easily validate pages, along with information about which browsers and versions support them.... (78 words, 4 links)

05:14 pm, pst26 November, 2002

Mon

25

NOV

2002

Web Development News

Web Development News is Headliner.net’s page with hourly-updated links to the latest web development news from several major news sources. Headliner.net also has similar pages for Linux, Mac, the Web, tech news, business, science, world news, and more. Want to add the latest news to your site? Headliner.net provides some JavaScript to add to your site that will generate up-to-the-hour news on topics of your choice from some major news sources. All free. Nice.... (75 words, 3 links)

09:31 am, pst25 November, 2002

Fri

22

NOV

2002

Friday Feast #26: Digital Photo Storage, Usability, Information Architecture, More MS Security Holes

This week’s Feast is back to the usual mix of topics. Storing all those Digital Photos Delkin’s eFilm PicturePad is a high capacity hard drive unit about the size of a PDA to view, store, organize, and create a slide show on your TV for all your favorite photos. Amazing. Adobe Photoshop Elements is also included for its MSRP of $549 (20 Gigabyte size) to $749 (40 Gigabyte size). I’m not over the sticker shock yet, but it sounds especially handy for use while traveling. Gecko and Standards Gecko’s “Almost Standards” Mode is a new article by Eric Meyer... (287 words, 10 links)

07:18 am, pst22 November, 2002

Tue

19

NOV

2002

All About Navigation and the User

Site Navigation: A Few Helpful Definitions is a terrific and insightful recent article by Indi Young of Adaptive Path that looks at some basics of global navigation—is yours primary, utility, or footer navigation? Do you have all three? And does it make sense to users? She provides good examples with pictures to match. Pictures speak a thousand words in this case, too! Faucet Facets: A few best practices for designing multifaceted navigation systems is another good one on navigation at Adaptive Path. Jeffrey Veen writes about how to best help users find the content they want --... (432 words, 6 links, 1 image)

09:41 am, pst19 November, 2002

Mon

18

NOV

2002

Live Webcast: W3C’s CSS Developer Speaking Tuesday

Håkon Wium Lie, the original developer of CSS for W3C, will be speaking at MIT Tuesday on “Scalable, Beautiful Web Documents.” The lecture will also be webcast live at 4:00 P.M. EST. Details at MIT’s site. Lie left W3C in 1999 to work for Opera Software, where he is currently CTO.... (55 words, 5 links)

03:27 pm, pst18 November, 2002

Categories: Browsers, CSS, Standards

Fri

15

NOV

2002

Friday Feast #25: Digital Cameras and Advancing Technology

Many of us in web design and development include photography in our arsenal of tricks to some extent.  Digital photography has also become commonplace, which is a huge help to our work, but trying to figure out the best digital camera for one’s needs and budget can be a daunting task, and that’s assuming you already know what to look for in a digital camera. I first braved the new world of digital cameras two years ago when I bought my teenage son a Kodak DC280. I chose that one after scouring through quite a few reviews and after... (956 words, 31 links, 3 images)

12:25 pm, pst15 November, 2002

Thu

14

NOV

2002

Does Website Optimization Still Matter?

Even with increasing numbers of broadband users in the U.S. and throughout the world, millions around the world are still using modems with no immediate end in sight. What do all those stats and articles have to do with web design? Page load times still matter and we need to continue to provide optimized sites for our visitors. Andy King of WebReference fame is writing a new book due out in January packed with tips and ways to optimize your site. Visit the book’s site, Speed Up Your Site: Web Site Optimization where you’ll find more information in the... (146 words, 10 links, 1 image)

03:23 pm, pst14 November, 2002

14

NOV

2002

Understanding Markup, Layouts, and Relationships

Two colleagues I greatly admire have provided helpful information to the rest of us about markup, CSS, XHTML, XML, what separating content from presentation really means, how these terms relate to each other and to a webpage, and much more. If you haven’t already, check these out: The Secret Life of Markup, by Steve Champeon, for Webmonkey, October 11, 2002. Layout Standards and Techniques: Graphic Design Use of Stylesheets, by Nick Finck. Notes from a September presentation for IPN.... (83 words, 4 links)

02:34 pm, pst14 November, 2002

14

NOV

2002

The Beginning of the Mouse

MouseSite is a fascinating resource exploring the history of human-computer interaction beginning in the 1960s at Stanford Research Institute with Doug Engelbart and his colleagues, including how and when the first computer mouse was developed by Engelbart. Engelbart, now 75, has led an amazing life, with the patent for the mouse just one of a massive list of credits described at his Bootstrap Alliance site. He continues to lead a highly productive life, including working with volunteers through his Institute to design a prototype open-hyperdocument system (OHS). In 2000 he was awarded the U.S.’s highest honor available in technology,... (108 words, 7 links)

01:34 pm, pst14 November, 2002

Categories: Technology

Wed

13

NOV

2002

More Good Weblog-related Sites

I don’t always mention the terrific weblogs and related sites that I regularly add to my Luscious Links page, some from submissions, and some from my own meanderings around the Web. A fresh visit to some of the sites shows me how quickly things change, too, such as Blogdex being reconfigured and sporting a new look. Blogtree, a fun “blog genealogy site” continues to grow and do well. Blogwise is a promising new site that categorizes blogs from around the world, with over 500 blogs already registered. The Waypath Project is another new and intriguing site, networking the weblog... (123 words, 7 links)

05:24 pm, pst13 November, 2002

Categories: Weblogs

13

NOV

2002

Opera 7 for Windows Beta 1 Now Available

Opera has officially announced the availability of its next browser version, Opera 7 for Windows. This one is a major leap from previous versions, with their goal to support the W3C DOM, more fully support ECMAScript, and be even more standards-compliant. As a beta tester, I can attest to the fact that they’re actively trying to eliminate the gigantic holes in their standards support for the DOM and improve all standards support. They started from scratch with an entirely new rendering engine, and they’ve been diligently working out the kinks, finally able to publicly unveil this new Beta version today.... (1407 words, 10 links)

12:51 pm, pst13 November, 2002

13

NOV

2002

Tom Negrino Authoring New Contribute Book

Tom Negrino was finally able to reveal that he’s authoring Macromedia Contribute Visual QuickStart Guide. Congratulations! I know it will be another great one. Tom’s wife, Dori Smith, made valuable comments about Contribute at the WaSP’s Buzz the other day, too, from a knowing perspective. And speaking of Macromedia Contribute, I’ve got a preview copy here on my computer that I’m checking out. From my initial first glance it seems quite intuitive and easy to use, and I can see my clients learning to use it pretty quickly to update their own content without having to think about any... (178 words, 5 links)

12:27 pm, pst13 November, 2002

Tue

12

NOV

2002

Macromedia’s New Contribute and Mac Engineer Job Posting

Articles have been popping up about Macromedia’s new Contribute, a smaller program at a smaller priced based on Dreamweaver MX, designed to allow people to update and maintain website content without knowing HTML. Jeffrey Zeldman has provided great information about its capabilities, such as version control and the ability for designers and developers to specify which pages, templates, or parts of pages are available to edit and which are off-limits. As usual, you can download a trial copy at Macromedia’s site and check out further details at their site, including the Evaluation Resource Center. Just as Macromedia was preparing... (209 words, 11 links)

11:25 am, pst12 November, 2002

Categories: Software, Standards

Mon

11

NOV

2002

Productivity, Time Management, More Money?

I think many of us would agree that increased productivity can occur with more efficient use of time and better time management. Jakob Nielsen, writing his latest Alertbox about intranet design with his usual flare, proclaims that: “The average mid-sized company could gain $5 million per year in employee productivity by improving its intranet design to the top quartile level of a cross-company intranet usability study. The return on investment? One thousand percent or more.” I was not at all surprised to read that their study found that intranets lacked good management support and often were put together haphazardly... (391 words, 3 links)

01:00 pm, pst11 November, 2002

Categories: Reviews, Usability

Fri

8

NOV

2002

Friday Feast #24: CSS, Standards, Flash, Usability, and Googlisms

In the usual feast style, there’s a mixed stew of goodies today. Converting Tag-Heavy Old HTML Pages to Spiffy and Lean XHTML and CSS Bradsoft’s TopStyle will help you do just that with its integrated HTML Tidy. And if you don’t already know, TopStyle’s 3.0 version has expanded beyond being a CSS editor. It’s now also an HTML and XHTML editor. Based on standards-compliant site creation and maintenance, you’ll find plenty of helpful tips to create your pages to validate with W3C’s CSS validator, also integrated within TopStyle. TopStyle’s upcoming version 3.10 update will also include integration with W3C’s... (331 words, 19 links, 1 image)

01:14 pm, pst 8 November, 2002

Wed

6

NOV

2002

Usability, Accessibility, and Lawsuits

Usability is November’s theme at Digital Web. To kick it off is a feature article by Anitra Pavka on the Southwest Airlines website lawsuit and accountability for accessibility and usability. Meryl.net poses a question about accessibility and lawsuits regarding the Southwest Airlines website, too. Meryl is deaf and runs into roadblocks with ordering airline tickets via Southwest’s phone TTY system; however, she can successfully use their website. On the other hand, the blind user suing Southwest can’t use their website but can successfully order airline tickets by phone. Should Meryl sue Southwest because of the TTY accessibility barriers just... (453 words, 4 links)

01:51 pm, pst 6 November, 2002

Tue

5

NOV

2002

A New Interview and a Window Back in Time - Tim Berners-Lee

OK, I admit it: even though I’ve experienced the Web as it’s been evolving I’m still enamored by it all, over 10 years later. November 4th’s W3C Weekly News listed some interviews with Tim Berners-Lee, including his November 1st NPR interview, Smallest Circuits / Tim Berners-Lee. Absolutely fascinating. Although it’s an audio interview, you can order a transcript, too. I also clicked over to a 1997 Time Magazine interview, The Man Who Invented the Web, and I was glued to it from start to finish, finding it to be an engaging view back in time about how Berners-Lee came up... (205 words, 8 links, 1 image)

12:16 pm, pst 5 November, 2002

Fri

1

NOV

2002

Big Commercial Sites Going for Standards

Exciting indeed. A couple of weeks ago Wired News came out with their new standards-based design that even uses CSS for layout. (The only table on the main page is for tabular data, the Market Watch information.) EZBoard now has their new design using XHTML transitional and CSS. Nice-looking, too. Last month Microsoft unveiled their new site design, too, still packed with font tags, accessibility problems, and more. Microsoft is also a W3C member, and you’d think they’d require a standards-based approach for their own site. WaSP’s Buzz points to interesting standards-based remakes. It CAN be done. Speaking of... (362 words, 10 links)

10:37 pm, pst 1 November, 2002

Categories: CSS, Development, Standards

1

NOV

2002

Friday Feast #23: I’m Back, and Lots in the Bin: CSS, Accessibility, SVG, Standards, and More

First, I want to thank everyone for all the kind notes and inquiries. It’s nice to be missed, and I’m appreciative of all the kind comments from people missing my daily writings. I’ve missed writing here, too. Where have I been and what have I been doing? After endless red tape and lawsuits related to a serious car accident 6 years ago now, I finally got into a much needed and long overdue intensive physical therapy program. Imagine a huge pick-up truck pulling out right in front of you at close range... it wasn’t pretty. My car was totaled,... (497 words, 10 links, 4 images)

02:47 pm, pst 1 November, 2002

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