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Archives by Month: April, 2003

Listed below are excerpts and links to all weblog, blog entries, posts published during April, 2003.

Tue

29

APR

2003

Dull Headings? Here’s Some Inspiration

Check out Christopher Schmitt’s +50 Headings where you’ll find plenty of ideas to create headings with CSS that grab attention so readers will read on. He even invites you to steal the code, no charge.... (36 words, 2 links)

05:54 pm, pdt29 April, 2003

Categories: CSS, Content, Design

29

APR

2003

A New Arrival!

Warmest heartfelt congratulations go out to the Evans family: Zachary Raimi Evans born yesterday. Proud parents are Paul and Meryl Evans.... (22 words, 2 links)

04:15 pm, pdt29 April, 2003

Categories: Personal

Fri

25

APR

2003

Friday Feast #41: Standards, Accessibility, and Weblogs

During the past few days the Web standards education and outreach discussion list has had a thread on blogs that cover standards and accessibility issues. Below I’ve listed a few of them that were sent in to the discussion list, but I’ve added my own comments and information to them. Blogs That Cover Web Standards <Glazblog/> by Daniel Glazman. Covers standards, W3C, CSS, XHTML, and more. Daniel is also an invited expert for W3C’s CSS Working Group and lives and works in France, employed at Netscape. Brainstorms & Raves by Shirley Kaiser. Web design and development, standards, CSS, XHTML,... (768 words, 42 links, 5 images)

10:59 pm, pdt25 April, 2003

Thu

24

APR

2003

The Art of Explanation

Poynter Online has a terrific section, The Art of Explanation, “to showcase the efforts of visual journalists as they help readers find clarity.” This section is also for sharing ideas and processes for improving graphics. Seeing how professional journalists and editors use graphics to help clarify and accentuate content can be insightful and inspiring for utilizing helpful graphics for websites. I also highly recommend Poynter’s Visual Journalism Bibliography and Photojournalism Bibliography for more information and inspiration for visual imagery, just two of the abundant valuable resources available at Poynter Online.... (92 words, 4 links)

12:44 pm, pdt24 April, 2003

Categories: Photography

Tue

22

APR

2003

The New Adobe Acrobat 6

The new Acrobat 6 available soon is reported to be the most significant upgrade to Adobe Acrobat since its inception 10 years ago. Planet PDF has a new article about Acrobat 6 that covers many of these major changes and improvements, including a new interface, easier PDF creation, layers, improved PDF optimization, search and catalog, embedded multimedia, and more. Also at Planet PDF is Adobe Acrobat 6: Breakdown of Offerings, with more on this soon-to-be-released major upgrade.... (79 words, 4 links)

08:17 pm, pdt22 April, 2003

Categories: Software

Mon

21

APR

2003

CSS Guru Interview: Behind the Scenes with Eric Meyer

Netdiver’s Carole Guevin has a special talent for interviewing folks, and the latest one with Eric Meyer underscores why I feel that way. close-ups* on Eric Meyer is refreshing, honest and forthright. You’ll also find helpful insight about CSS, standards, design, dealing with clients, thoughts about inspiration, and more. Although lengthy, it’s well worth reading from start to finish. I also keep finding or rediscovering terrific CSS tips and tutorials that Eric has written. Tricking Browsers and Hiding Styles helpfully explains with examples the @import trick, media attributes, the highpass filter, and the voice-family hack.... (96 words, 5 links, 1 image)

08:41 pm, pdt21 April, 2003

Categories: Books, CSS, Design, Standards

Fri

18

APR

2003

Friday Feast #40: Standards, Forward Compatibility, CSS, and Photography

Here are just a few of the highlights of the past week or so with a little photography mixed in. Web Standards, Forward Compatibility Forward compatibility and web standards is a new article by Peter-Paul Koch, written for evolt.org. There are quite a few comments at evolt.org, in addition to Jeffrey Zeldman’s Daily Report and Ian Lloyd’s Accessify. That leads right into the next topic, the upcoming XHTML 2.0. Upcoming Changes with XHTML 2.0 Mark Pilgrim’s latest Dive Into XML article at XML.com, All That We Can Leave Behind, covers some of the major changes coming with XHTML 2.0. Mark explains... (495 words, 26 links, 2 images)

02:29 pm, pdt18 April, 2003

Wed

16

APR

2003

Seth Gordon’s essay discusses and traces back-links: Notes on the Background of Back-Links. Fascinating reading, plus some helpful scripts.... (21 words, 2 links)

02:32 pm, pdt16 April, 2003

Categories: Weblogs

Tue

15

APR

2003

Photoshop Tutorials, Discussion Lists

When I research Photoshop tips and tutorials I look for high quality graphics work with easy-to-understand information. Here are a few that stand out: Absolute Cross Quite a few tutorials and tips covering a wide range of topics for Photoshop. Easy-to-follow instructions, top-notch graphics work. By David, Absolute Cross. Adobe Studio Beginner through expert tutorials, tips, resources, and inspiration via Adobe. Hands-on Training by Doc OZone Download all the tutorials or use online. Top-notch high quality graphics and tips. Lynda.com Tips Top-notch tutorials and tips for several Photoshop versions by well-known Lynda Weinman. phong tutorials Basic and Advanced Photoshop... (228 words, 11 links)

07:49 pm, pdt15 April, 2003

Fri

11

APR

2003

Friday Feast #39: CSS, CMS, and Ansel Adams

Great news for CSS fans arrived in my Inbox this morning from Eric Meyer. I’m cutting today’s Feast short to get it posted right away. CSS Support Charts are Back! Eric Meyer’s popular CSS charts disappeared when Web Review’s server got shut off. But they’re back now via Netscape’s DevEdge, listed with helpful information at CSS Support Charts. CSS Support Charts is the new main page with helpful information about the charts and important references. Listed below are links to the charts: CSS1 Support Chart Historical CSS1 Support Chart CSS2 Selectors Support Chart Netscape DevEdge’s CSS Central is also... (351 words, 15 links)

09:43 am, pdt11 April, 2003

Thu

10

APR

2003

A Music Break

The lilting bass grabbed my attention. The velvety smooth voice stopped me in my tracks. I had to listen to the entire song: Every Seven Years—Jane Selkye vocals, The plainJane Trio. I want to hear more.... (40 words, 6 links)

09:40 am, pdt10 April, 2003

Categories: Music

Mon

7

APR

2003

Computer Rulers, Favelets

Zeldman’s Daily Report mentions centricle’s handy ruler favelet. I haven’t gotten it to work in IE6 with my PC, but maybe I’m missing something. Sounds like it could be useful. Speaking of rulers, though, for years I’ve been using Fabsoft’s free Cool Ruler with my design and development work. It will measure horizontal or vertical by pixels, inches, centimeters, or whatever you wish. It’s only available for PCs, though.... (71 words, 5 links, 1 image)

02:02 pm, pdt 7 April, 2003

Categories: Design

Fri

4

APR

2003

Friday Feast #38: CSS, Standards, and Taking a Break in Switzerland

There’s plenty around the Web right now related to standards and CSS, along with some amazingly gorgeous scenery of Swtizerland. Here are just a few of the recent highlights. CSS Using Background-Image to Replace Text is a tutorial by stopdesign’s Douglas Bowman that provides step-by-step instructions and the CSS to provide a friendlier approach to using images for text titles and drop-caps. Note their March 13, 2003 footnote about JAWS, the March 14th weblog follow-up, and Jeffrey Zeldman’s CSS background problems and Pictures for some, text for others. The css-discuss Wiki is a companion to the popular and helpful css-discuss mailing... (350 words, 26 links)

01:15 pm, pst 4 April, 2003

Thu

3

APR

2003

More on Blog Neighbors

Yesterday I mentioned BlogStreet’s visual neighborhoods. To find your geographical blog neighbors, check out GeoURL. GeoURL describes itself as a location-to-URL reverse directory, and its search is based on your longitude and latitude. The site has links to obtain your reference points, and after you add a couple of meta tags to your webpage you can submit your site to be indexed. In its very short two-month existence, GeoURL has already been slashdotted and made the New York Times. You may find both familiar and new weblogs as you meander through the listings and check out your own neighborhood.... (135 words, 7 links)

11:17 am, pst 3 April, 2003

Categories: Weblogs

Wed

2

APR

2003

Design: Internet vs. Intranet

Worlds apart: the difference between intranets and websites helpfully describes design considerations and differences between intranets and websites. Well written article by James Robertson of Step Two Designs. [hat tip lucdesk]... (33 words, 3 links)

03:39 pm, pst 2 April, 2003

Categories: Design

2

APR

2003

Blogging the Neighborhood?

BlogStreet has a fun visual neighborhood tool showing how we’re interconnected, a Blog Neighborhood to find similar blogs, and other helpful tools to help find RSS feeds, the latest books being linked, and top blogs ranked by blogrolls and rankings. Speaking of blogs, check out Firda Beka’s Book of Styles, formerly CSS Colouring Book, where you’ll find CSS-based and tables-free blog templates.... (64 words, 5 links)

03:18 pm, pst 2 April, 2003

Categories: Weblogs

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