Archive: 2007

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  • Accessibility

456 Berea Street is linking to a great discussion on accessibility.

But I am going to take this opportunity to re-inforce what I believe is the nature of our professionalism. We should make an effort to create accessible content, because it's part of our job. And frankly, it doesn't take much effort; it's not difficult. - John "brothercake" Edwards

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We've all done it. You right click to correct the spelling of a word, and you add the misspelled word to your dictionary rather than correct it. Firefox makes it easy to add new words, but they don't make it easy to remove them. Here's how to do it.

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I've started using a great functional accessibility evaluator lately. A superb tool for testing and fixing accessibility issues on websites. A very powerful tool. Register for a free account and it gets even better.

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  • Web Design

The restructuring of the VTTI website is complete. They didn't want a redesign in the traditional sense, they wanted to update and improve what they had. I've updated the colors and textures, as well as improving the quality of HTML and CSS. The end result is a site with a simpler color palette, and improved overall functionality. The load time is down, and the design is now consistent across browsers and platforms. As a side benefit, it's also much easier to maintain and expand.

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  • CSS

A List Apart has a great article on How to Size Text in CSS

In this article, we will reconcile the designer's requirement for accuracy with the user's need to resize text on demand, arriving at a best practice that satisfies designers and users and works across browsers and platforms.

How can you ask for anything more than that?

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  • Web Design

What type of image should I use online, JPG, GIF, or PNG? Simple question, but the obvious reply is another question. How are you going to use the image? One of my favorite quotations is Horatio Greenough's "form follows function". The function of an image should control the image's file type. A few things to consider:

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  • Photography

Derek Powazek has posted an article about How to Shoot Events. Very nice. I've done a fair bit of photography, enough to know how well his suggestions work at least. I've seen the most benefit myself from number 3, "Be Confident". A confident photographer, who looks even vaguely professional, can go just about anywhere. Everyone assumes that you belong.

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  • Section 508 Compliance

POSH - Plain Old Semantic HTML

POSH, in case you haven't heard of it already, is short for "Plain Old Semantic HTML", and is obviously much quicker and easier to say than "valid, semantic, accessible, well-structured HTML". Unfortunately POSH -semantic markup - is also something most people building websites or creating content for the Web have yet to discover.

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Good design flows, whether it be in print, or on a screen. Jennifer Kyrnin has written a nice article called Flow in Design - Layout and Artwork that Conveys Motion on the subject that's well worth reading.

Visual flow carries the viewer's eye through the document in a way that all the important elements receive prominence, and nothing snags the vision or causes the viewer to lose sense of the piece.

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  • Web Browser

Everybody should test their web design in different browsers. Now you can do it all at once. Browsershots.org