Archive for the ‘Online Happenings’ Category

Simon Hits the Redesign Tablet

Wednesday, April 9th, 2003

Nothing more refreshing then to see a site redesign itself. Simon went for the orange look today. I like it. Gives site a bit more life.

Point of note for the CSS nay-sayers, Simon did this entire redesign without touching his markup but rather by recreating his style sheet. Something which I plan to do with this site in the near future (/me crosses fingers). Only I want to go for something radically different. Get really crazy. You know? Now all I need is time and some really good inspiration. (Hint Hint 😉 – you know any?)

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2003

Via More Like This Weblog, Google as put out a |-|4X0r (hacker) style of their search page. Hilarious!

Title translation: Fear The Google

Enjoy.

Some Handy JavaScript Functions

Wednesday, March 26th, 2003

Both Andy and Simon have come up with very interesting, and potentially very useful, functions for JavaScript. Andy started it by creating document.getElementsByClassName, a function that will return an element based on its class name. Then Simon come up with the idea of being able to select an element by using CSS selectors. Thus document.getElementsBySelector was born. So far they both seem to work in modern browsers.

I personally think document.getElementsBySelector will get more use because it is much more flexible. But that coming from a guy who, until a few months ago, loathed using JavaScript is not saying much. I actually enjoy using JavaScript now, but with one reservation: I will use it only to add features which can be safely lost in a browser with no JavaScript support. As cool as some JavaScript can be, it irks me to see some sites use it as a critical component to the function of their page.

The Platypus Unveiled

Friday, March 21st, 2003

Mark has unmasked himself as the Ragging Platypus. For those unfamiliar with this parody site (as I once was), it is a weblog told from the POV of a platypus. I personally enjoy the humor presented by the platypus, er… mark. It is witty, mixed with current web happenings, and a dash of web stadards for good measure.

I can’t help but chuckle at the choice of the platypus as the character for this blog. The platypus is undeniable proof that God has a sense of humor. I mean here is an animal that is part duck, part beaver, has webbed feet, fur, lays eggs and suckles its young. Friends of mine have said that God must have had leftover parts when he created the world and thus was the platypus spawned.

PHPComplete.com Redesign

Thursday, March 20th, 2003

I haven’t been to PHPComplete.com in a very long time. Now that I re-visited I am treated to a new, table-less, CSS rich, standards compliant design. The other thing that I find new is that Jason has tured the site into a blog rather than a news roll. He still focuses on PHP and thats fine. Jason has a great set of resources pertaining to that fine scripting language.

My Neighbors

Tuesday, March 18th, 2003

I recently registered this blog with GeoURL (see little green icon in the navigation bar/section). It allows me to locate myself in the world in relation to others.

Tamara Crowe, author of Through A Glass Darkly is only five miles east of me.

Scott Johnson of The FuzzyBlog! and creator of Feedster is twenty-two miles south of me.

And I thought no one lived near me. The world gets smaller everyday.

Evolt.org Gone AWOL?

Monday, March 17th, 2003

Last night and tonight I have had DNS failures while trying to reach Evolt.org. I hope everything is all right.

Interesting Links

Sunday, March 16th, 2003

Simon has posted a number of interesting links. More to help cure his tag-itis syndrom going on in Phoenix than anything else. I noticed a few links there that I might like to check out some time. The are some great PHP, XHTML, and other web related links.

Glasshaus Is No More

Saturday, March 15th, 2003

Glasshaus, and web design and development publishing company has recently gone under finnacially. I guess it is a sign of the times when a UK(United Kingdom) based publishing house can be dramitically impacted by the affairs of this world and its’ ever changing economy. Glasshaus was devoted to promoting web standards and keeping web developers up to date on the latest web techologies. They will surely be missed.

Report From SXSW

Thursday, March 13th, 2003

Tantek Çelik, Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman recently gave a panel on CSS entitled “CSS: Between the (Style) Sheets”. These three are pobably the leading guys in CSS design, goodness knows I’ve learned a lot from them.

Anyway, Jefferey gives a nice example on how to preload hover states in stylesheets. Maybe for fun I’ll do something like this with the images in my navigation bar (currently to the right). And for an idea of how the panel went, photo matt gives his notes.

Jeffrey: The thing about CSS, it’s hard to understand unless you first think about markup. It’s hard to rethink the way you approach X/HTML. There’s so much to do that it seems strange to think about HTML, but in fact it’s important. We now have the chance to party like it’s 1993, we have the chance to write it like it was meant. We (designers) could do that until browsers became compliant. Saves Bandwidth. Work is now more accessible.

I am amazed at how many people continue to use (and even promote) non-standard markup. These people have pages that are 3x – 10x bigger than what they need to be, and changing any stylistic element on the page becomes a hassle as they spend hours wading through miles of table tags. I simply don’t get it. By contrast a well structured page can be redesigned by editing one file, namely the CSS file. Mine for instance can easily change almost the entire look of the page. And with different style sheets for different medias, I can deliver my content to users in a usuable manner, whether they are using a modern computer browser, a handheld device, web-enabled cell phone, aural readers, etc. Granted I have yet to implement style sheets for all these mediasm but the fact that I can is a compelling one.