Brainstorms and Raves

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


The Articles section is currently a bit of an eclectic mix of helpful HTML tutorials, including the popular articles on using the appropriate markup and why it matters, tips for using the text-based browser Lynx, especially for testing accessibility, and why beautiful fonts in print can look horrible on the Web. There's also a Kenny Rankin music discography and an older article on Blogger tips from 2001.






In the main Brainstorms and Raves Archives section you'll also find many more tutorials, tips, articles, and resources, so be sure to check those out, too, such as the tutorial, User-friendly Contextual Navigation with Simple PHP Includes. The archives are listed by category, by date, and more.

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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

Cover - The Zen of CSS Design, by Dave Shea, Molly E. Holzschlag. Published by Peachpit Press, December 2004.

Cover: Information Architecture, 2nd Edition - by Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville. OReilly Media, Inc.; 2nd edition (August 15, 2002).

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

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About This Design

23 October, 2006: This Version 4.1 design uses CSS and XHTML, is based on Web standards, and is designed to be as universally accessible as possible. Also behind the scenes are a little JavaScript, server-side scripting, and Movable Type.

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