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 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.
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.
CSS2 - Tableless forms
CSS2 - 100% height
mezzoblue § CSS Problem-Solving
where to now?
Non-standard CSS transparency effects
Fixed Positioning for Internet Explorer on Windows
Online CSS Optimiser/Optimizer : flumpCakes
Won’t somebody please think of the gerbils? [dive into mark]
Projectseven.com: Tutorials: CSS Uberlinks
Skyzyx.com - Web Standards Resources
Matthew Thomas » When semantic markup goes bad
Citations and quotes | clagnut/blog
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.
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.
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.
Why specs matter [dive into mark]
Corporate blogging [dive into mark]
Kittenfight [dive into mark]
GFMorris.org: Smart Guy, Dumb Code
TomPaine.com - Journalism Under Fire
4096 Color Wheel Version 2.1
XML.com: XML on the Web Has Failed
CodeGuru: The System Is Stupid, So Outsmart It!
Fuck That Job! - Because daily job hunting is demoralizing enough
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
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
O’reilly has a nice article outlining what’s new in Photoshop CS.