Clean HTML from Word: Can It Be Done?

Filed under: Web development — Andrew @ 11:48 pm

I read Clean HTML from Word: Can It Be Done? hoping to be enlightened about a new, better way to convert Word files to HTML. Unfortunately, I was let down. Still, this article provides a nice overview of popular methods of converting Word to HTML.


Max Design - Ideal line length for content

Filed under: CSS, Web development — Andrew @ 1:45 am

Max Design has a nice article on the ideal line length for content. The article also outlines some CSS techniques for ensuring that your pages adhere to guidelines for ideal line length.


Full CSS Property Compatibility Chart

Filed under: CSS — Andrew @ 10:45 pm

The website for Keith Schengili-Roberts’ book, Core CSS, has a very nice CSS property compatibility chart.

Not only does the chart show browser compatibility for each browser, but is also provides the syntax and a sample for each property. A quite bookmarkable page.


CSS links

Filed under: CSS, Web development — Andrew @ 6:17 pm
CSS2 - Tableless forms
CSS Hacks
CSS2 - 100% height
mezzoblue § CSS Problem-Solving
where to now?
Non-standard CSS transparency effects
Learning CSS
Fixed Positioning for Internet Explorer on Windows
Online CSS Optimiser/Optimizer : flumpCakes
Won’t somebody please think of the gerbils? [dive into mark] Tutorials: CSS Uberlinks - Web Standards Resources
Matthew Thomas » When semantic markup goes bad
Citations and quotes | clagnut/blog software


CSS2 - 100% height

Filed under: CSS — Andrew @ 3:01 am

Peter-Paul Koch has a useful tutorial on using CSS to set elements to 100% height. I remember being flummoxed with this the first time I attempted it, especially when trying to get it to work in all browsers. I wish I had had access to this tutorial then.


View Page Structure - Resources -

Filed under: Web development — Andrew @ 11:39 pm

I ran across this cool web app that let’s you view a page’s structure. This could come in handy for debugging CSS inheritance issues on pages.


Max Design - A webstandards checklist

Filed under: Web development — Andrew @ 11:17 pm

webstandards checklist outlining basic some dos and don’ts in the following areas:

  • Quality of code
  • Degree of separation between content and presentation
  • Accessibility for users
  • Accessibility for devices
  • Basic Usability
  • Site management

This list would be quite useful for those developing a site style guide or a specification for a new site.


Current Web-related reading

Filed under: Web development — Andrew @ 3:06 am

Why specs matter [dive into mark]
Corporate blogging [dive into mark]
Kittenfight [dive into mark] Smart Guy, Dumb Code - Journalism Under Fire
Problematic Situations
4096 Color Wheel Version 2.1 XML on the Web Has Failed
CodeGuru: The System Is Stupid, So Outsmart It!
Fuck That Job! - Because daily job hunting is demoralizing enough
Library Stuff
Demand for corporate librarians rises - 09/10/04
Design by Fire: You say toe - may - toe, I say [expletive] that
Design by Fire: Design Eye for the Usability Guy

Cost-Effective Website Acceleration

Filed under: Web development — Andrew @ 1:38 am

A new artilce on SitePoint, Cost-Effective Website Acceleration, outlines a number of bandwidth-saving techniques.

If you like this article, be sure to check out Andy King’s excellent book, Speed Up Your Site: Web Site Optimization .


More guidelines for linking

Filed under: Web development — Andrew @ 10:20 pm

Lat month I linked to an article with some simple linking advice. Here’s some further guidelines for linking.


Metrics Market - Internet Statistics Research and Search Engine Marketing tools

Filed under: Web development — Andrew @ 9:50 pm

Metrics Market has a web traffic estimate tool on their home page. I tend to doubt that the estimates gained through this site are any more accurate than the notoriously unreliable alexa rankings. Regardless, such online tools can be fun to click on now and again.


User agent spoofing made easy

Filed under: Browsers, Web development — Andrew @ 2:20 am

I’ve been checking out a couple online http viewers today that let you specify any user agent string: Rex Swain’s HTTP Viewer and wannaBrowser. These sites are especially handy if you’re developing a spider and want to test to see if sites will block it.


Accessibility and standards-based design

Filed under: General, Web development — Andrew @ 6:39 pm

Accessibility benefits of “standards-based design” and “structural markup”

I wrote this little piece for an accessibility workshop that I was going to be teaching at IU. Unfortunately, the workshop didn’t attract enough enrollment and had to be canceled. Perhaps accessibility and web standards aren’t as hot a topic as I’d thought. Maybe students think that accessibility won’t help them “get a job”. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the article.


Some simple linking advice

Filed under: Web development — Andrew @ 1:46 pm

Webcredible has published a nice article on Writing effective link text. A couple of the included link tips include “Ensure link text is descriptive of its destination” and “Place important words at the front of link text”.

These bits of advice on a simple, yet often overlooked, aspect of web design remind me quite a bit of Steve Krug’s writing.


CSS Problem-Solving

Filed under: CSS — Andrew @ 10:07 pm

Dave Shea has complied some CSS Problem-Solving tips that he used to help debug Tim Bray’s site.


What’s new in Photoshop CS

Filed under: Photography, Web development — Andrew @ 5:08 am

O’reilly has a nice article outlining what’s new in Photoshop CS.


Firefox .9.2

Filed under: Browsers — Andrew @ 7:21 pm

The Mozilla Foundation released version 0.9.2 of it’s popular Firefox browser earlier this week. This browser fixed a security vulnerability.

Also, in case you were wondering, 0.9.2 still works with the Firefox spell check extension.

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