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Archives by Month: July, 2004

Listed below are excerpts and links to all weblog, blog entries, posts published during July, 2004.

Sat

31

JUL

2004

TopStyle Pro 3.11 Beta 1 Available

Bradsoft TopStyle, the fabulous CSS / XHTML / HTML Editor, has a new Beta release available for current TopStyle 3.x users, TopStyle Pro 3.11 Beta 1. There are quite a few changes and fixes, as you’ll see at TopStyle Pro 3.11: Changes in 3.11 Beta 1. Feedback, bug reports, and other comments are invited at Bradbury TopStyle Pro 3.11 BETA Support Forums. (91 words, 5 links)

04:04 pm, pdt31 July, 2004

Fri

30

JUL

2004

CSS, Standards, Semantic Markup, and the Bottom Line: Money

One of the challenges in creating, maintaining, or redesigning a website, especially with larger companies, is that all too often the people making the major decisions are clueless about what matters the most with websites behind the scenes. Content is what truly matters the most, but the way it’s delivered can unnecessarily cost a whole lot more with bandwidth, page load times, visitor satisfaction, and ultimately with lost revenue. (1217 words, 16 links, 3 images)

06:08 pm, pdt30 July, 2004

Wed

28

JUL

2004

CSS, Site Makeovers, Bowman, Zeldman, More

I’ve got a major deadline today with my publisher, so this post is short, but the Wired news article and weblog posts I list below are so, so important to check out regarding Website design and development and the use of CSS. Jeffrey Zeldman’s post today, Only defenestrate, put me over the edge, stopping me in my tracks to write this post here with the links below. (209 words, 8 links, 1 image)

12:04 pm, pdt28 July, 2004

Mon

26

JUL

2004

Weblogs, Politics, and Technorati

You may have noticed that weblogs are catching on in major political arenas here in the U.S., especially with the upcoming presidential election. CNN’s Convention Blog lists quite a few weblogs from all political viewpoints, thanks to Technorati. Technorati’s David Sifry is working with CNN on blog coverage of the Democratic National Convention, as he wrote in his July 21 post, Technorati and CNN. That is indeed exciting news for David Sifry and Technorati. (216 words, 4 links)

10:48 pm, pdt26 July, 2004

Categories: Politics, Weblogs

Sun

25

JUL

2004

Weekend Silliness: The Ridiculous Adventures of Buying a Car

There must be plenty of car salesmen out there who don’t play ridiculous games, but our recent experience buying a car unfortunately reinforced the stories we’d read and heard. Nonetheless, buying a car was quite an adventure, and we ended up getting a good deal in the end. How we got to that point, though, is something my family and I won’t forget. (1383 words, 6 links)

10:35 pm, pdt25 July, 2004

Categories: Personal

Thu

22

JUL

2004

IE Development Team has a Blog

Microsoft Internet Explorer’s development team started a weblog: IEBlog. See Wednesday’s Useful Resources post, too, for some good links to check out. (36 words, 3 links)

04:55 pm, pdt22 July, 2004

Categories: Browsers, Weblogs

Wed

21

JUL

2004

Information Design, Interconnectedness, and Assault Weapons?!

Earlier today I was looking for information design tips, so naturally I went to visit Beth Mazur’s IDBlog. While there I got sidetracked with one of her recent posts, Blogs, Power Laws, and Assault Weapons, about Tom Mauser’s Petition to Renew the Assault Weapons Ban. The animated map of Tom Mauser’s Petition showing relationships of people who’ve signed the petition is fascinating to see. (175 words, 9 links, 1 image)

07:00 pm, pdt21 July, 2004

Mon

19

JUL

2004

Website Accessibility Fares Poorly

Unfortunately, I’m not surprised by the unsatisfactory results found testing websites for accessibility as published in the July, 2004 issue of First Monday. A multitude of websites from Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany were tested, and fifty US government websites were tested for accessibility and standards compliance. The results were quite disappointing, as detailed in their two new articles. Read on for the details. (336 words, 4 links)

09:38 am, pdt19 July, 2004

Sun

18

JUL

2004

Internet Explorer - Where are Users Going?

You may have heard about the U.S. government’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) last month advising people to "use a different browser" than Internet Explorer. IE users have declined 10% in recent months, and I take this opportunity to underline the importance of developing websites for a multitude of browsers and alternative devices and the resulting problems from developing only for one browser. Read on for the details. (518 words, 16 links)

12:36 pm, pdt18 July, 2004

Tue

6

JUL

2004

Terrific Accessible, Usable Forms Tutorials

Be sure to check out Accessible HTML/XHTML Forms, a recent tutorial on creating accessible, user-friendly online forms, by Accessibility expert Ian Lloyd of Accessify fame for the Web Standards Project (WaSP). Simple Tricks for More Usable Forms, by Simon Willison for SitePoint, is a recent, helpful tutorial to create more usable forms. Read my post about why, along with resources and links. (175 words, 14 links)

11:28 am, pdt 6 July, 2004

Sat

3

JUL

2004

Book Review: Photoshop CS in 10 Steps or Less

What if you’re fairly new to Adobe Photoshop and want a helpful book to give you a good introduction to its many features? What if you’ve used Photoshop for awhile but you’d like a book to help you explore more? What if you’re an advanced Photoshop user who’d like a helpful Photoshop reference that can provide quick answers and covers all of Photoshop’s features? Adobe Photoshop CS in 10 Simple Steps or Less, by Micah Laaker and Christopher Schmitt, is an outstanding new book that I wholeheartedly recommend. (732 words, 8 links, 2 images)

05:08 pm, pdt 3 July, 2004

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