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Archives by Month: September, 2006

Listed below are excerpts and links to all weblog, blog entries, posts published during September, 2006.





User-friendly Contextual Navigation with Simple PHP Includes

Usability experts continue to tell us not to have a live hyperlink pointing to the current page, as it can be confusing for visitors. With some basic, simple-to-use PHP and one PHP include file, you can customize your navigation so that the current page does not have a live hyperlink to itself. In addition, you can manage your entire site’s navigation from that one include file, making your site’s navigation management convenient, efficient, and easy to maintain. Today’s post is a short tutorial on how to create this type of navigation with a couple of short snippets of PHP code, clean and lean HTML markup, and one PHP include file for your entire site. (1062 words, 18 links)

06:21 pm, pdt27 September, 2006

Categories: Development, PHP, Usability

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I Wrote a Book

Deliver First Class Web Sites: 101 Essential Checklists  Via Deliver First Class Web Sites: 101 Essential Checklists, by Shirley Kaiser. SitePoint Books (July 2006). 

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Recommended Books

 Book cover: The Design of Sites, Second Edition : Patterns, Principles, and Processes for Crafting a Customer-Centered Web Experience. By Douglas K. van Duyne, James A. Landay, Jason I. Hong. Prentice Hall PTR (December 14, 2006). 

Book cover: Bulletproof Web Design: Improving flexibility and protecting against worst-case scenarios with XHTML and CSS, by Dan Cederholm.

Hand-picked best book recommendations for Web site design, CSS, graphics, Photoshop, color, accessibility, more

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