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Archives by Month: December, 2002

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

Fri

20

DEC

2002

Friday Feast #30: Handy Web Design Tools

Every day we use tools to help make our jobs easier and organize our time and schedules. When people have asked me what tools I use to create and maintain websites and manage my business, I typically think of HomeSite, TopStyle, Photoshop, and QuickBooks Pro. There are other tools that I use and rely on also, some every day, some intermittently, and I’ll share some of my favorites below. (1238 words, 30 links, 1 image)

02:23 pm, pst20 December, 2002

Wed

18

DEC

2002

Another Opera Beta Release

As the heading states, the next beta version has been released. Of special interest to web designers and developers is the DOM support and standards-compliance information, the Small-Screen Rendering testing, and the multiple user style sheets. See press release below for more information. Packed with new features: Opera 7 for Windows Beta 2 Unleashed Oslo, Norway - Dec. 18, 2002 - Opera Software today released Opera for Windows Beta 2, crammed with cool new power-browsing features to give the best Internet experience. Since the release of Beta 1, Opera has added even more features. New additions include “Fast Forward,”... (1351 words, 4 links)

09:21 am, pst18 December, 2002

Sat

14

DEC

2002

CSS, Standards, and Owen Briggs

There’s a new interview with Owen Briggs at Globetechnology.com, All browser code not created equal. The article discusses cross-browser issues, standards support (or lack thereof), and more and provides an interesting take on the issues.... (37 words, 3 links)

02:40 pm, pst14 December, 2002

Categories: CSS, Design, Standards

14

DEC

2002

Accessibility Matters

Last week’s Slashdot interview with Joe Clark, Joe Clark’s Answers—In Valid XHTML, is well worth a stop to check out. Joe answers in no-nonsense terms issues about accessibility and websites, what the problems are, what all the terms mean, and why accessibility matters. And if you don’t care, he explains why you ought to take another look. This is definitely one of the most candid, informational, and insightful interviews I’ve seen on website accessibility issues.... (79 words, 2 links)

01:33 pm, pst14 December, 2002

Categories: Accessibility

Fri

13

DEC

2002

Friday Feast #29: Voice Recognition Technology, B&R Turns Two, CSS, and Zeitgeist

This week’s Friday Feast is certainly a mixed stew of goodies again, this time from B to Z. Brainstorms & Raves Turns Two First off, somehow Brainstorms and Raves quietly turned two years old December 7th without a hint or word about it last week—no bands playing, no trumpets blaring, not a peep. It’s been an amazingly fun, fascinating, and memorable two years of writing, sometimes several times a day, sometimes a couple of times a week, and at times on the road with my laptop or someone else’s computer, and always enjoying it. The experience of... (930 words, 24 links, 1 image)

02:25 pm, pst13 December, 2002

Thu

12

DEC

2002

Opera for Mac: New Release

Opera has announced their latest version for Mac, Opera 6 for Mac OS 8.6-10.2.2, calling it their golden apple (press release below). Folks around me know I’ve been an Opera user for quite some time now, even recently beta testing their Windows Beta 7. The browser business is quite a tough one and yet they’ve managed to grow and expand, increase their brand recognition, and continue to work on a better browser. I know standards matter to them and I’ve seen them work hard to make improvements. That said, though, while their list of improvements is great to see, I... (712 words, 15 links)

04:05 pm, pst12 December, 2002

Wed

11

DEC

2002

New Review of CSS Book at Evolt.org

Joel Canfield, also known as Spinhead among Evolters, has written an insightful review of one of my favorite CSS books, CSS: Separating Content from Presentation. While I can’t say enough good things about this information-packed and well written CSS book, Joel has gone into far more detail about what you’ll find and what he thinks of it. Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation is new this year by Owen Briggs, Steve Champeon, Eric Costello, and Matt Patterson. When anyone asks me for CSS book recommendations, this one is always on my list. More on CSS B&R Archives: About... (106 words, 9 links, 1 image)

11:53 am, pst11 December, 2002

Fri

6

DEC

2002

Friday Feast #28: Linux News, Info, and Weblogs

As I’m preparing to embark on finally installing Linux on a new second hard drive I’ve been noticing more and more information and news about Linux. Thought I’d share a few. About Linux, Linux Tips My first adventure was to learn a little about Linux. There is no shortage of sites about Linux, but weeding through them can be time-consuming, too. Here are a few that I’m finding helpful. Linux.org is the official site for Linux. You’ll find articles, documentation, books, distributions and information about versions, news, courses, and much more. This site should be on anyone’s list for... (1137 words, 39 links, 1 image)

05:36 pm, pst 6 December, 2002

Wed

4

DEC

2002

Usability, Keeping it Simple, and VisiBone’s new JavaScript Products

Digital Web continues its theme on usability with Peter-Paul Koch’s new article, Simplicity vs. Innovation. As usual, PPK writes in easy-to-understand language, this time about how to find a balance between new ideas and innovations and a simple-to-understand approach for users. Also new this week is an insightful review by Jesse Nieminen of VisiBone’s latest products to help designers and developers, JavaScript Cards and JavaScript Foldouts. I’ve written here several times about VisiBone’s terrific HTML and color products, and the new JavaScript cards and Foldouts were designed and created with plenty of detail and TLC by Bob Stein, owner... (120 words, 5 links)

02:05 pm, pst 4 December, 2002

Sun

1

DEC

2002

World AIDS Day

AIDS is still alive and well, continuing to ravage and kill. Today, December 1st, is the annual World AIDS Day. AIDS isn’t making daily headlines as it was a few years ago, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone away... not at all. According to UNAIDS, there are an estimated 42 million people living with HIV today, with 5 million of them newly infected. And 3.1 million people have died from AIDS so far this year alone. If you have a weblog, consider checking out linkandthink.org to help spread the word that we need to stay aware and that each... (369 words, 13 links, 1 image)

12:05 pm, pst 1 December, 2002

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