Archive for the 'Semantics' Category

Pigs Fly: IE8 Will Use Standards Mode by Default

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Let us all rejoice: Microsoft has changed their mind on a earlier issue, and IE8 will use Standards mode by default instead of requiring a meta tag. At debate was their idea that we should add a special meta tag to our HTML to activate their new “really, really real” standards mode, in order to preserve backwards-compatibility with broken websites based on their old, buggy browsers. Of course, this sent a storm through the standards-loving blogosphere.

Microsoft’s new enlightenment is very, very significant news for web developers and the future of web standards and it’s amazing that they actually listened to developers. Get more info straight from the lion’s mouth.

Today is a good day. :)

(Thanks, neckCNS)

DebugBar 5: New CSS Debugging for IE

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

DebugBar 5Ever since the releases of the Web Developer and Firebug extensions in Firefox, things in the world of CSS and HTML work have become a lot easier. Sadly, a lot of what will work in almost all browsers still massively messes up in Internet Explorer. Knowing a few things about IE like hasLayout helps a lot, but sometimes even those fixes don’t work and you’re left trying out every conceivable hack known to man. Wouldn’t it be great to have something like Firebug in IE? Apparently Jean-Fabrice Rabaute thought so too, so he’s releasing DebugBar 5. Someone give this man a cigar.

XHTML: Definition Lists – Misused or Misunderstood?

Monday, October 8th, 2007

Definition ListsMax Design asks the question that I keep asking myself: “What are definition lists? When are they appropriate?” and then explains how to style them to look like tables, image galleries, calendar of events and more.

Safari Web Inspector for Windows

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Safari Web Inspector for Windows
I guess it’s no longer news that Safari 3.0 will run on Windows as well as the Mac, as Steve Jobs announced on this year’s WWDC Keynote. The bit that’s really going to be interesting for web developers, however, is that Safari will come along with a new version of Web Inspector, which is basically the Safari counterpart to Firefox’s excellent Web Developer and Firebug extensions. This is great, as Windows users will now have a reliable tool to bugfix CSS/XHTML for Safari. Going by the screenshot, it looks dead sexy, too. Now if someone would come up with something comparable for IE, that would be great (sorry, neither this nor this comes close).

Grade Your Website: 31 Free Online Tests

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Magnifying GlassAviva has put together a great collection of online tools to check your website. The 31 tools are grouped into code validation, accessibility, speed tests, browser simulators and search engine optimization (SEO). You’ll also find keyword analyzers and link checkers among the bunch. These tools are all very useful to ensure you are making the best out of your website, and as such I can highly recommend them.

position: absolute goes nude

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

cssnakedday07.gifYup, you read correctly. It’s CSS Naked Day, where sites all across the intarwebs drop their pants and go nude for a day. The point? To promote web standards, proper markup and a clean semantic structure of content. And since we’re firm believers in all of that, position: absolute is joining in on the fun. You’ll note that position: absolute is still completely accessible without all the pretty pixels, and that pretty much sums up why web standards are a Good ThingTM. Text/Braille readers and search engines see it this way pretty much every day.

Our stylesheets are now getting a long deserved back rub, having a few drinks and catching up on the latest episodes of Scrubs. They’ll be back tomorrow, so until then, have a look around and let us know how it went!

Update 2007-04-06: And we’re back to full style glory!

Another 24 Ways To Impress Your Friends

Friday, December 1st, 2006

24 Ways to Impress Your FriendsLast year’s webdeveloper advent calender “24 Ways” (we reported) is at it again, offering even more ways to impress all your geek friends. One new tutorial per day, up until Christmas. You’ll find last year’s archive here.

Cheat Sheet Round-Up: Ajax, CSS, LaTeX, Ruby…

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Smashing Magazine has an extensive round-up of cheat sheets worth bookmarking.

Whether you’ve forgotten the name of a function or the property of a cascading style sheet – handy cheat sheets deliver the information you are looking for – immediately. Most cheat sheets are available as .pdf or .png-files, so you can print them and use them every day for whatever projects you’re currently working on.


Quiz Microsoft’s IE Team Leader

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

IE7 LogoIn light of last week’s release of Internet Explorer 7, Slashdot is offering us the chance to interview the general manager of the IE7 team. All those questions you’ve been burning to ask over the years of frustration can be asked, and the best ones will be passed on to Dean Hachamovitch for answering. My favorite question so far:

If you adopt FireFox 2.0 as IE8, your boss would be impressed with how much you improved the product in a very short time. My question is: would you take the extra time to remove CSS features from IE8? Thank you and God Bless.

There are lots of serious questions, too. ;) I’ve added a question of my own here.
So then, ask away! (and play nice)

Automatic Pullquotes

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Roger Johansson of 456 Berea Street has created a nice little script for automatic pullquotes. It’s incredibly simple to implement and uses unobtrusive JavaScript which means there are no accessibility issues. What is also nice about it is that the text is not duplicated in your html, and when you no longer want pullquotes, just turn off the script… so you don’t have to edit your old posts.

Update: A quick google search brought up this 2 year old article. So it’s been done before, however Roger’s script is a bit more advanced.

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