Web Design

Browsers and their tools

CSS Tricks has a great post called Cutting Edge Browsers and Their Development Tools. I didn't know about the Opera's Dragonfly, I'll be trying that out soon. It's a very good comprehensive list that every web professional should see.

CSS Menu Writer

The nice people at WebAssist.com are letting me try out their new CSS Menu Writer extension for Dreamweaver. I got a demonstration of it yesterday, and I've been putting it though it's paces this morning. It is exactly what the title would suggest, a CSS menu writer. Working through four tabbed menus, you can easily create fairly complex, and valid CSS menus. I'm very impressed with it so far. The extension works well, and is quite intuitive.

IE6 bugs, defined

IE 6 actually had the best CSS support of any browser when it first came out... SEVEN YEARS AGO. - CSS-Tricks

Chris Coyier at CSS Tricks has written a very nice piece on IE6 CSS bugs. Anyone who's dealt with these will appreciate this list. Anyone who's fought with them and didn't know what they were will appreciate them more.

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How is your Shop Window?

Attitude Design has an interesting take on Home Pages and Shop Windows.

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Keeping up with Design

Somebody asked me a good question today. To paraphrase, it was "what websites do you use to keep up with what's going on in the industry?". Here's the list: While I don't write about blogging, I do follow what's going on with that industry. It's too much of a factor in the web design business not to.

IE8 to display like IE8

Despite early announcements that IE8 would default to displaying pages as if it were IE7, Microsoft is now announcing that it will default to Standards mode. This will alleviate the need for designers to opt out, by opting in as I've written about before. Microsoft Expands Support for Web Standards

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Opt out, by opting in?

A List Apart: Articles: They Shoot Browsers, Don't They?

This is gobsmackingly audacious. Imagine a new version of Word that behaves exactly like the old version of Word unless the document it is processing contains a hidden instruction to unlock any new features. That's what Microsoft is demanding that web developers implement. Unless you explicitly say otherwise, IE8 (and IE9 and IE10, ad infinitum) will behave exactly like IE7.

Accessibility is the job

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

Accessibility Evaluator

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.

VTTI Web-site Updated

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.