Brainstorms and Raves

Notes on Web Design, Development, Standards, Typography, Music, and More

Archives by Month: July, 2003

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

Thu

31

JUL

2003

The Process of Blogging

How do we go about writing for weblogs? How can we enrich our relationships with our readers? How can we improve on the comments capability at our sites? Dave Pollard wrote his thoughts about this, The Blogging Process. Fascinating reading, including an interesting flowchart and comments. (84 words, 1 link)

06:49 pm, pdt31 July, 2003

Categories: Content, Software, Weblogs

Wed

30

JUL

2003

Semantic Weblogs

Semantic Weblogs is a bookmarkworthy list of weblogs about the semantic web, among other things, compiled by Dave Beckett. Some weblogs you may already be familiar with, such as Danny Ayers' RawBlog, Timothy Appnel’s tima thinking outloud, and Edd Dumbill’s behind the times. Here’s some info about the Semantic Web, too: Semantic Web W3C Semantic Web Activity SemanticWeb.org Semantic Web Community Portal What is the Semantic Web A good introduction with resources. [hat tip: bitlab.no]... (81 words, 9 links)

05:25 pm, pdt30 July, 2003

Categories: Standards, Weblogs

Tue

29

JUL

2003

Movable Type Tags Within Your Text Editor

For Movable Type users: Movable Type Tags for TopStyle, Dreamweaver, and Textpad. Handy! I just downloaded the tags for TopStyle and it’s clear they’re going to be quite handy. For a preview in TopStyle, Paul Smith provides a screenshot of the MT Tags in TopStyle. To install the Movable Type Clip Library to TopStyle, the instructions tell TopStyle users to install the Movable Type clip library at C:\Program Files\Bradbury\TopStyle3\user\ClipLib. If you installed TopStyle as a single user you will find the rest of your clips there; however, if you’ve installed TopStyle for multiple users as I have you’ll find your... (159 words, 7 links)

10:32 am, pdt29 July, 2003

Fri

25

JUL

2003

Friday Feast #53: CSS Tips, Page Redirect Tips

Today’s Feast is devoted to CSS with a little JavaScript tossed in to help users. User-friendly Page Redirects Craig Saila provides a terrific template to make page redirects much more user friendly. Check out his A Web building tip: How do I make a page redirect the user elsewhere? page. The meta refresh will work with browsers that have JavaScript turned off or isn’t available while the JavaScript will prevent the potential loop created (when users press the back button they land on the redirect page, which in turn takes them to the target page). While a server-side redirect approach... (351 words, 10 links)

03:25 pm, pdt25 July, 2003

Thu

24

JUL

2003

Offline, Redesign

Brainstorms and Raves was offline temporarily due to a mix-up in the domain registration renewal. Ugh. In the meantime, a redesign of the site is going on behind the scenes taking advantage of many of the approaches that you’ll also find in Jeffrey Zeldman’s Designing with Web Standards. The redesign includes a 2-column horizontally centered CSS-formatted design. I’m also using scripts discussed in the book, such as Paul Snowden’s Styleswitcher JavaScript to change font sizes and a DOM-based script from chapter 15 that provides a show/hide capability for my daily reads list in the right side column. [Note added July... (260 words, 5 links, 1 image)

02:18 pm, pdt24 July, 2003

24

JUL

2003

New Online Accredited Web Design Course

Christopher Schmitt, award-winning web designer and author of popular web design books, is now teaching a fully accredited online course on web design via Sessions.edu. (89 words, 5 links, 1 image)

08:58 am, pdt24 July, 2003

Fri

18

JUL

2003

Friday Feast #52: Eye-catching, Practical, Cost-Effective Web Design

Today’s post title describes what Jeffrey Zeldman’s new book, Designing with Web Standards, helps you do. Today’s Friday Feast is devoted to this fantastic, must-have new web design book. Designing with Web Standards is packed with valuable and practical details about effective web design that can be beautiful and widely accessible while also being cost-effective and easy to maintain. Using his light-hearted humor with his substantial knowledge and expertise, Jeffrey skillfully guides readers through how we got to where we are today, XHTML, CSS, images, typography, working with browsers, accessibility and government guidelines, and DOM-based scripts. The final chapter... (383 words, 6 links, 1 image)

05:52 pm, pdt18 July, 2003

Thu

17

JUL

2003

WebVisions 2003

WebVisions 2003 is about to begin with this year’s keynote being Jeffrey Veen, author of The Art and Science of Web Design and partner at Adaptive Path. Go if you possibly can as it’s a top-notch event. Digital Web has been featuring WebVisions people in their interviews recently, too, so in case you’ve missed them here are the links: Kelly Goto, Mark Newhouse, Dr. U. N. Umesh, Jeff Faulkner, Jeffrey Veen, and conference director Brad Smith. You can learn more about tomorrow’s event at the WebVisions website and there is more info at Digital Web’s What’s New Thursday post. Two... (189 words, 17 links, 1 image)

01:05 pm, pdt17 July, 2003

Wed

16

JUL

2003

Netscape’s Demise and News

All over the Web you’ll find plenty of comments, articles, and predictions about Netscape being closed down and the creation of the new Mozilla Foundation. In case you’ve missed the news, though, in a nutshell, AOL has closed down Netscape operations and has laid off many Netscape employees or moved them to AOL. For details and thoughts, here are a few links to posts that I wholeheartedly recommend: Eric Meyer writes a bit about his Netscape employment in his 2 posts, Moments of Transition and Standing At a Crossroads. See also Vanderwal.net, stopdesign. For some terrific links to news... (122 words, 8 links)

10:27 am, pdt16 July, 2003

Tue

15

JUL

2003

Creating an Entire Site with Movable Type

Several new insightful articles and posts have popped up recently with a common theme—using Movable Type as a content management system to manage an entire website, not just a weblog. Here they are, along with my 2 cents along the way. (317 words, 8 links)

08:40 pm, pdt15 July, 2003

15

JUL

2003

New Interview About Web Standards, Life, Technology, and More

I’ve been interviewed again, this time by zlog’s very kind Ronan: Interview #5 - Shirley Kaiser. It was a lot of fun, and we covered quite a range of topics, mostly around web standards, but we also discussed my nutso passion for technology, my kids, and assorted other things. I’ve always been passionate about standards, and this new interview explains at least some of the reasons why I feel so strongly about their importance, in addition to a bit of history behind how we got to where we are today. (117 words, 7 links)

11:37 am, pdt15 July, 2003

Mon

14

JUL

2003

Icons for your Weblog

ETC.’s post Skinable smilies and icons links to some good quality freely available icons, including Skinable Icons and Skinable Smilies. For Movable Type, using Brad Choate’s MTMacros plugin makes implementing them effortless. You can see this in action at Mark Pilgrim’s Comments section, for example.... (48 words, 6 links)

01:26 pm, pdt14 July, 2003

Sun

13

JUL

2003

Mobile Version of Brainstorms and Raves

Brainstorms and Raves - Mobile version is now available. What’s the difference? It’s the simple and plain version, that’s all. The handy part is that it’s auto-generated by Movable Type, thanks to Brad Choate’s MTMacro, Mark Pilgrim’s mobile macros, instructions, and mobile templates. I’d love some feedback from anyone who subscribes to it via PDA, mobile phone, whatever. I’m testing it on my Nokia 6200 and my trusty Handspring Prism with AvantGo.... (79 words, 11 links)

01:26 pm, pdt13 July, 2003

Fri

11

JUL

2003

Friday Feast #51: Web Typography, Movable Type, RSS and Comic Strips

Today’s Feast covers three seemingly different topics, but one of the common threads is creativity. There’s plenty of it combined with talent in today’s link feast. (615 words, 30 links, 1 image)

01:55 pm, pdt11 July, 2003

Wed

9

JUL

2003

Converting from Blogger to Movable Type

I’ve received several email questions about converting from Blogger to Movable Type, especially with an IIS server, so I thought I’d go ahead and pass along some information at my weblog. (627 words, 12 links)

05:24 pm, pdt 9 July, 2003

Tue

8

JUL

2003

Brainstorms and Raves Moving Dust: Converting to Movable Type

Just a heads up that there may be a few bumps in the road during the next week or two while converting my posts from Blogger to Movable Type. Well, I’m doing a lot more than that, though, with setting up much easier archiving, comments and trackbacks, and more... finally! You may even click one of my RSS feed links and land within the staging area. I’m already posting over there about my Movable Type adventures, too. If you see any problems, let me know so that I can take care of them ASAP. Comments and trackbacks are working in the new area, too. I’m working on this after hours, which is why I’m posting this at midnight (ugh!), but hopefully I’ll get things set up before too long. (133 words, 5 links)

12:19 am, pdt 8 July, 2003

Categories: Colophon, Weblogs

Sun

6

JUL

2003

MT, Trackbacks, IIS

Fortunately some helpful people at the Movable Type Forum had answers to resolve the 404 errors I had with Trackback. The Support Forum’s recommendations with tweaking the MT code a bit and slightly altering the Trackback URL setup in my HTML template worked, much to my relief. Ah, the frustrations of being a newbie to something again. SimpleComments Speaking of trackbacks, Kalsey Consulting’s SimpleComments provides a way to have your trackbacks and comments listed together, with the trackback count being included in your comments count. To see it in action, check Mark Pilgrim’s site and Phil Ringnalda’s site. SimpleComments are... (283 words, 8 links)

12:05 pm, pdt 6 July, 2003

Thu

3

JUL

2003

Movable Type Plugins, Tutorials, Tips, Templates, and Resources

You’ll find a quickly growing list of links for Movable Type in my Build One section. There won’t be a Friday Feast this week due to the 4th of July holiday here in the U.S. combined with me recuperating from a nasty fall (over my dog and down a step... it wasn’t pretty).... (54 words, 3 links)

09:38 pm, pdt 3 July, 2003

Wed

2

JUL

2003

At Work and Home: Synchronizing your RSS Feeds

Bobby wants to synchronize his OPML subscription list so that he can have his RSS feeds available at work or at home. Dave Winer is thinking up a Subscription Harmonizer Web service. Bradsoft’s new FeedDemon RSS reader/organizer comes with an OPML file synchronizer, just one of its many helpful user-oriented features. As I mentioned Friday, along with links to several reviews, the FeedDemon beta version is now available for download. For more comments see also my review of FeedDemon during alpha testing.... (84 words, 7 links)

01:50 pm, pdt 2 July, 2003

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