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 HTML validator and Watchfire’s Bobby. This is exactly what we at WaSP love to see happening. Following standards really does make a difference, it’s easier than you may think, and editors like TopStyle can help guide you along.
CSS Inspiration and Tips
CSS and Lists
CSS provides so much flexibility with lists. Don’t want bullets? Want them horizontally aligned? More? Check out A List Apart’s CSS Design: Taming Lists by Mark Newhouse. I’ve mentioned other articles and tutorials by Mark Newhouse, and this is another terrific reference packed with inspirational ideas. See ALA’s CSS directory listing for lots more ALA articles on CSS, too.
Flash and Usability Can be Friends
Find out how with the new book, The Flash Usability Guide: Interacting with Flash MX by Chris MacGregor, Crystal Waters, and David Doull. See also Chris’s fantastic Flash Usability white paper at his top-notch Flazoom.com site.
Google and Googlisms
Checking around at even a few weblogs, you will probably find references to a fun distraction, Googlism.
Like Mozilla or Netscape 7 but miss IE’s Google bar? Try Mozilla’s Google bar.