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March 2012

Simple Embedded Media
MediaElement.js looks like a pretty slick way to support embedding media (audio or video) into a webpage with robust support.
Wednesday Mar 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

November 2010

SpriteMe
A tool to assist webmasters in using image "sprites" to cut down on the number of images used and thus speed up page load times for visitors.
Thursday Nov 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

December 2007

Still More 24 Ways
For the third year in a row, Drew McLellan is serving up another 24 helpings of web design/development goodness.  I’ve mentioned the other two years previously, but the annual 24 Ways site is always great. So far, the day one Transparent PNG article, the trick …
Tuesday Dec 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

December 2006

Better HTML Forms
Unfortunately, I can’t actually recall where I came across this since I’ve had it open and waiting to blog about for several days now.  However, a post over on the Nidahas blog covers some very nice ways to make simple, accessible forms.  All the CSS …
Saturday Dec 23, 2006 | 1 Comment
Another 24 Ways
Last year (in fact, one year ago today; which, I guess, means I was way late last year, too) I posted about a site doing a sort of “advent calendar” for web development topics.  Well, the site is back again this year and so you …
Saturday Dec 23, 2006 | 1 Comment

November 2006

Web Dev Cheat Sheets
Paul linked to a post containing a ton of great cheat sheets over on his reedmaniac.com blog.  The cheat sheets cover everything from ASP and Ajax to HTML and MySQL.  If you do any sort of web development, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something …
Thursday Nov 2, 2006 | 1 Comment

February 2006

MapSurface ‘Demo’
Over on his Blogography, Andy Budd has posted some information for a new stats package he’s been testing on his site called MapSurface.  Apparently evolved from a link tracker system, MapSurface looks pretty interesting and Andy explains in his post how you can see it …
Wednesday Feb 22, 2006 | 0 Comments
Target.com sued by blind student
As this arstechnica article describes, a blind university student is suing Target for not being accessible to the blind.  This goes right along with my entry Saturday on accessibility in design. Here’s one major reason: take a look at the validation results, or look at …
Monday Feb 13, 2006 | 0 Comments
DO-IT
There’s an excellent series put out by DO-IT at the University of Washington designed to help people understand making technology accessible for people with disabilities.  One show was just on channel 9404 of Dish Network, “World Wide Access: Accessible Web Design”.  It’s an excellent program, …
Saturday Feb 11, 2006 | 0 Comments

December 2005

Redefining Feed Icons
There’s a bit of a movement about these days to make RSS/Atom/Whatever data feeds more accessible to people.  In the past, the closest thing we had to a standard were those really ugly orange “XML” graphics.  Lots of people used them because they were a …
Monday Dec 26, 2005 | 0 Comments
WebDev: 24 Ways
This is a simple site with a simple concept: each day of December, another web development-related hint/tip/trick gets posted.  Thus, you end up with 24 Ways “to impress your friends”.  Not all the articles are super-useful to me, but there are certainly some interesting ones …
Friday Dec 23, 2005 | 0 Comments

February 2005

Unobtrusive Javascript
Web-graphics.com points us to this article on Unobtrusive Javascript.  It explains some “best practice” techniques to follow if you use javascript in your pages.  As the site explains: On the following pages we will discuss and see how we can use Javascript, but still maintain …
Thursday Feb 10, 2005 | 0 Comments

January 2005

Safari and PNG Colors
Over the last week or so, I’ve been working on the redesign for this site.  One small part of the redesign includes some PNG images to which I’ve given a specific solid background color.  These images are then placed inside some code on a page …
Tuesday Jan 4, 2005 | 3 Comments

December 2004

I Need a New Design…
For this website, that is.  This current design is “okay” and it’s served its purpose, but I really feel it’s time for something new.  This, of course, should coincide with porting the site over to run on :ExpressionEngine:.  So, that’s good and all, but there’s …
Saturday Dec 18, 2004 | 3 Comments
Stock Photography for the Web
Mezzoblue has a short post up discussing stock photos and how there’s really a difference between how they’re used for print media and for the web. It’s interesting enough in its own right, but mostly, I just want to use this as a sort of …
Monday Dec 6, 2004 | 6 Comments

November 2004

Text/coding Editors on OS X
Jon Hicks (of hicksdesign) put up a “survey” asking people what program they use for editing on OS X.  A number of PC users also replied and a few mentioned my personal favorite on the PC: UltraEdit. I have a mac (Powerbook) in addition to …
Tuesday Nov 30, 2004 | 12 Comments

October 2004

The Two “Paths” of Web Development
Nate from web-graphics.com has a nice post up that discusses the two paths that exist for web development today.  Basically, it discusses the whole “tables vs. :CSS:” debate that exists in regards to how to construct a page.  He includes some nice linked resources that …
Sunday Oct 17, 2004 | 1 Comment

September 2004

Designing for Handhelds
There’s a nice article in the new :ALA: issue that deals with designing your site for small screen devices.  Basically, they’re talking about cellphone and DA: browsers.  Those types of devices sometimes have screens as narrow as 120px, and thus you have to be very …
Monday Sep 20, 2004 | 2 Comments

August 2004

Want to Learn CSS?
For those of you out there who may not be masters of :CSS: (hey, who am I kidding?  I’m not either!), Westciv is currently offering a free CSS Level 1 course.  This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to get started on learning …
Friday Aug 13, 2004 | 1 Comment

July 2004

Foreign Languages and HTML
Mezzoblue put up a nice summary article (almost exactly a year ago, as chance would have it) talking about using foreign languages in :HTML: documents. Character sets, character encodings, etc. aren’t easy things to work with, so this is a useful article for those people …
Friday Jul 30, 2004 | 0 Comments
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