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Friday, February 01, 2002

There's a Signal vs. Noise thread about Web Standards:
It seems like we're at a crossroads in web design -- one where we could all consider changing our ways and support the W3C or we could keep plowing ahead with tables, spacers, and other tricks.
Andrew Clover has done it again, writing a script that makes min-width, max-width, min-height and max-height CSS properties "work transparently in IE version 5.0 upwards on all platforms."

Thursday, January 31, 2002

Inspired by the Blogdex Search bookmarklet at subterrane.com (which is a great tool to see if something is a fresh or stale blog topic), I created my first bookmarklet: LinksTo. It searches Google for all pages that link to the current page. Click it now to see who's linked to this page; for future use on any page, IE PC users can drag it to their links bar. I'm not sure about how to install bookmarkelts on other platforms and browsers, but if you are interested, maybe this page has answers.
From Paul Bausch comes a Windows only script for creating photo galleries on your computer ready for upload to the World Wide Computer Inter-Net: snapGallery!
Attack of the killer conventions
Web site design began with a burst of wild innovation. Now experimentation is ceding ground to convention - agreement among users about where they expect page functions to appear. And where the users go, the designers will have to follow.
Neat! Inspired by my Apple article, Danne Lundqvist decided to write up his own solution to the DHTML remote scripting problem: Remote scripting with javascript. And it's beautiful.
Jerry Halstead knows why I ended my article on IFRAME Remote Scripting with a call to use the information "for good and not evil."

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Regarding the fall of MetaFilter, Lileks says it best:
Any post related to politics is usually filled by people who have boundless contempt for things they have not bothered to understand, and half of the remaining posts devolve into pissing contests over etiquette (ooh! A double post! Call 911! Ooh! A Front Page Post unworthy of the concept - thwow him to the gwound, wufly!) If you combined Noam Chomsky and Emily Post at age 22 and set them in front of a computer after their 89th consecutive dateless Saturday, you'd have a perfect example of the recent MeFi member. (Says an old-timer. Kids today!) They're the people who sniff and roll their eyes when someone mentions "evil" in the form of paranoid dictatorial states, and then explode with horrified invective when the recording industry tries to take away their Napster. I would have said this with sadness a year ago - and to be fair, people have been lamenting MeFi's decline since day one - but lately it seems the idea of a Community Blog has turned into a hallway full of headcrabs.
I can hardly bear to load the MetaFilter home page anymore, and it's not for a lack of Matt trying.
From the W3C, a little lesson On SGML and HTML.
A personal recollection of Charles Goldfarb: The Roots of SGML.

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Jef Raskin say There is No Such Thing as Information Design:
As a curmudgeon, I am delighted to point out that the popular term, Information Design, is a misnomer. Information cannot be designed; what can be designed are the modes of transfer and the representations of information. This is inherent in the nature of information, and it is important for designers to keep the concepts of information and meaning distinct.
Scott talks briefly about his CSS redesign at scottandrew.com and his handling of NS4:
A few people have asked what's up with the CSS-only design on this site and how it works in Netscape 4. My notes on the transition from tables to CSS layout are becoming a full-fledged article at this point, but here's the short version: after wrangling with it for several days I came to the conclusion that there was no way I was going to achieve the same results in NS4 with a single stylesheet. This left me three options...
february-7.com links to a nice collection of Photoshop Actions & Profiles for digital photographers.
sellke.com points us to TinyApps.Org, "a guide to very small software for your PC."
Beautiful all CSS design: sjarvis.com.
So B.K.Delong has a very well written about this Web site page regarding his all CSS layout and design, and on that page he quotes a bit from a recent cover letter he wrote:
I feel the key to international propagation of accessible design techniques lies in restructuring the fundamental learning process of developing a Web site. When I first got involved with Web development back in 1994, HTML was nothing more then an easy-to-use programming language used to design Web sites. Several years later, with the birth of XML, my viewpoint changed and I saw the dichotomy between a markup language used to give context to information (HTML) and a styling language for designing the look and feel of a site (CSS). This new approach to Web development allowed me to design Web sites with Web accessibility as part of the process - not an afterthought or something I needed to go back and do after my site is created.
I've been struggling to say something similar for the CSS book I'm working on, but I fear I'll not say it as well as that.
So I missed last week's Frontline: dot con, a look at the dot com bubble and how it burst. But not to worry! For low and behold, you can watch the whole thing online. Now that's the web at its best.
Hey, if anyone at Evergreen Wood Products is listening: we can settle this whole thing right now if you're interested in trading some hard wood floors for my site design!
So it looks like Evergreen Wood Products (formerly Johnson Hardwood Floor) has gone live with their site, a site with a design over which my work seems to have had great influence. And they now provide contact info!
11699  6th Street, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 
Tel-(909)- 581 0461  Fax -(909) 581 0463 
Email : info@evergreenwoodfloor.com
What should we do about that?
Microsoft .NET Framework Software Development Kit
Shawn emailed me with this link: MacOS X VM Swap Guide
This document is the result of many hours of research and trial and error in an attempt to understand and improve the virtual memory functions in MacOS X.
Derek has linked to a couple of depressing reports of extreme OSX dissatisfaction among Mac faithful. And I was so looking forward to installing it on my new Mac.

Monday, January 28, 2002

Very nice online image converters: Picture to HTML, and Picture to ASCII.
She's alive! My first article for the Apple Internet Developer site has gone live: Working with Javascript - Remote Scripting with IFRAME.
And hey, maybe now that Derek has a second blog he'll keep one of them updated!
scottandrew.com has been recoded without tables, using CSS for all layout.
Hey! Ed is back. Ed's Weblog was one of my very first favorite weblogs.

Sunday, January 27, 2002

A very nice site featuring internet search tools can be accessed by clicking on the "search tools" link a couple of words back.
A collection of Escher tessalations.
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Thursday, January 31, 2002

[Ed. note: boring, unfunny post removed.]

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Who knew? obsolesce is a verb. The things you learn when you make a typo and Word doesn't suggest a corrected spelling... (And the funny thing is that the top 10 Google results for the word appear to be either dictionary definitions or similar typos, using "obsolesce" where "obsolescence" was intended.)
Today Scott links to a great Scientific American article on Television Addiction.

Monday, January 28, 2002

There's some very funny stuff at the journal of Asinine Poetry. My favorite so far:
DWARFINGS
A rash of mysterious dwarfings
in October of 'ninety-four:
Todd was dwarfed by the Washington Monument
Jen and Percy, a door.
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