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Archives by Month: September, 2003

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

Mon

29

SEP

2003

Solid Structure, Appropriate Markup

Earlier this month I mentioned SimpleBits' SimpleQuiz, a terrific series to help you think about the markup you choose and why. All month they’ve had fascinating discussions about structural markup and preferred methods. So far they’ve covered the following: (123 words, 11 links)

11:37 am, pdt29 September, 2003

Sun

28

SEP

2003

More on Friendly URLs

Friendly, lasting URLs are easy enough to manage when you create the site architecture and URLs yourself, but with the increasing popularity of weblogs and content management programs there’s been increasing interest in what can be done to ensure friendly URLs that can be permanent regardless of programs used, changing servers, or changing programs. Today’s post looks at a few possibilities and pitfalls with Movable Type. (995 words, 12 links)

04:26 pm, pdt28 September, 2003

Sat

27

SEP

2003

Stealing Content Follow-up: Happy Results

After sending off a more formal letter Friday with copies to upstream providers I finally got positive results from the company that stole my Websitetips.com content, images, and HTML. They removed my content, images, and HTML from their servers, and I even got an apology. I was also told that the employee responsible was fired. (233 words, 2 links)

06:10 pm, pdt27 September, 2003

Categories: Content

Fri

26

SEP

2003

Friday Feast #60: CSS, FeedDemon, IA, the Web

There are so many new sites, articles, helpful CSS tools, and fun and fascinating things to read or watch. Today’s Feast highlights a few of my favorites for the past couple of weeks. (506 words, 16 links)

06:39 pm, pdt26 September, 2003

Thu

25

SEP

2003

Stealing My Content... Again

One of the things that hits me the wrong way is to continue to find people blatantly stealing website designs, content, and anything else. Many of us have had our hard work and efforts stolen, unfortunately. The latest blatant stealing of my content and images is at Cheetah Solutions. They’ve posted ALL of my WebsiteTips.com Resources on the Web section totaling over 2,400 annotated resources and over six years of my hard work and countless thousands of hours of research, cloaking it in their own design and passing it off as their own work. This blatant thievery and misrepresenting themselves to their clients and anyone else makes me more than a little angry. (341 words, 11 links)

09:00 pm, pdt25 September, 2003

Categories: Content

Wed

24

SEP

2003

CSS Design Tips

Here are two more very well done tutorials on CSS: CSS 101 by Makiko Itoh. Exceptional instruction on CSS. Learn all the basics, including positioning and layouts with CSS. CSS Based Design is another easy to understand and follow tutorial on CSS, this time by Adactio’s Jeremy Keith. (49 words, 2 links)

10:04 am, pdt24 September, 2003

Categories: CSS, Development

Mon

22

SEP

2003

Verisign Sued Over SiteFinder Service

Now this is indeed good news: Verisign: In the Crosshairs (19 words, 2 links)

03:04 pm, pdt22 September, 2003

Categories: Internet

Sat

20

SEP

2003

Save Money and Time Using Standards?

Absolutely not to be missed is the latest article by Jeffrey Veen, The Business Value of Web Standards. (20 words, 1 link)

10:03 am, pdt20 September, 2003

Fri

19

SEP

2003

Friday Feast Next Week

I’ve had an unexpectedly hectic and crazy[1] week this week, but Friday Feast will be back next week as usual. __________ [1]Crazy in a good way, fortunately! (29 words)

05:52 pm, pdt19 September, 2003

Categories: Friday Feast

Wed

17

SEP

2003

Search Tips, Translate Tools

Here are just a few of the many helpful sources for searching faster and smarter. I’ve also listed several handy translation tools available for selected text or entire webpages. Google Cool Search Tricks J.D. Lasica has provided quite a few helpful search tips via his February article. Happy Piles of Google hacks Helpful tips and additional search capabilities provided by Tara Calishain, Researchbuzz. Google Help Central Translate Text or a Webpage Bookmarklets, browser built-ins and add-ons: AltaVista’s Babel Fish See also Alta Vista’s Toolbar for Internet Explorer that includes a language translation feature. Google Language Tools See also Google’s Toolbar... (185 words, 14 links, 2 images)

05:20 pm, pdt17 September, 2003

Categories: Browsers, Research, Software

Fri

12

SEP

2003

Friday Feast #59: WYSIWYG and Dreamweaver MX 2004

Weaving CSS Dreams is a terrific article by Doug Bowman about the new Dreamweaver MX 2004. He takes a good look at the pros and cons of using WYSIWYG software in general and the new Dreamweaver in specific. As Doug also mentions, Macromedia has worked closely with the WaSP Dreamweaver Task Force for a couple of years now and more recently with Eric Meyer. The results have meant vast improvements from what their product was prior to their MX series. What You See is Not Always What You Get (454 words, 8 links)

06:08 pm, pdt12 September, 2003

Wed

10

SEP

2003

On the Eve Before the 2nd Anniversary

Expressions of love are the last words spoken and shared by so many who died September 11, 2001. Love is all that really and truly matters in this life. Let people know how you feel. Our moments together are so precious and not to be taken for granted. Brainstorms and Raves' Attack on America section provides links to many personal stories, photos, videos, news stories, opinion, and more related to the attacks in the U.S. September 11, 2001. (93 words, 3 links, 1 image)

08:38 pm, pdt10 September, 2003

Categories: Sept 11 Attacks

Tue

9

SEP

2003

Weaving the Web: Review, Comments

Absolutely not to be missed are Tantek Çelik’s review and comments about Weaving the Web, by Tim Berners-Lee: 1. First, Tantek’s initial review, Weaving The Web reviewed, followed by 2. a fabulous commentary, Weaving The Web quotes and commentary. (242 words, 13 links, 1 image)

09:11 pm, pdt 9 September, 2003

Sun

7

SEP

2003

Relative vs. Absolute URLs

As much as I love using Movable Type, a few things have bothered me about MT, too, such as MT generating absolute URLs for internal links when relative URLs should be used. Stepan Riha’s MTRelativeURL plugin is an incredibly easy way to generate relative URLs with MT, thankfully, wherever the plugin tags are used. Today’s post explains how to use it and why it matters. (589 words, 14 links, 1 image)

04:13 pm, pdt 7 September, 2003

Sat

6

SEP

2003

What’s a Wiki

In response to a recent comment, What on earth is a Wiki? I thought I’d go ahead and create a post about it, including links to more information, resources, and examples. I think of a Wiki as a collaborative website in which anyone can add or edit the content. They’re growing in popularity for sharing information, working on projects, and more. The full post lists links to explanations, resources, and some imaginative use of the wiki format. (480 words, 20 links)

10:30 am, pdt 6 September, 2003

Fri

5

SEP

2003

Friday Feast #58: RSS Validator Update, Check Your Sites, Comments Spam

Today’s Feast covers ad-blocking software, a new domain for the RSS feed validator, and a fun collection of typography-related photos to browse. Happy weekend, everyone. (391 words, 21 links)

09:02 pm, pdt 5 September, 2003

Wed

3

SEP

2003

MT: Replace Image with ALT Text

One of the features I added to my website when I recently converted to Movable Type is a Cited Links listing. ... In essence, I’ve set up this plugin to collect the links within all the entries and then create an archive page for each of the websites linked. That way I can click on a colleague’s site in the archive, for example, and see all the posts that have linked to that site, including the actual links... Not only does it collect the text that’s hyperlinked, it also collects images surrounded by hyperlinks, such as amazon.com book covers... How To Replace Images with Corresponding ALT text (520 words, 7 links)

09:19 am, pdt 3 September, 2003

Mon

1

SEP

2003

Semantics, Markup, and Standards

First, some recent articles about semantics, markup, and standards: Jason Kottke wrote last week Standards don?t necessarily have anything to do with being semantically correct. On Semantics and Markup by Tim Bray Markup, Namespaces, and Meaning, also by Tim Bray New Reference on Semantics, HTML, XHTML, and Structure I?ve posted a new article and reference, Semantics, HTML, XHTML, and Structure, that provides some basics of using good HTML structure for your documents, such as using the P element rather than the BR element for paragraphs. (200 words, 10 links)

06:46 pm, pdt 1 September, 2003

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