Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8

In an effort to start testing site in IE8 while maintaining the ability to test in IE7, I tried Tredosoft's Standalone Internet Explorer 7 and Multiple IE along with an upgrade to IE 8 Beta. Browsing is possible in IE6, IE7, and IE8, but IE7 and 8 share two problems.

Accessibility Recommendation Comparison

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I've been working on comparisons of the WCAG 1.0, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508. I thought a few of my readers might find the results interesting, so I've posted it. Due to theme limitations, I found it easier to give it its own page. Go take a look at the Accessibility Comparisons. Please note, this project isn't finalized. The document will be updated as I have time.

IE8

I finally installed IE8. It's time to starting making sure all my sites working in IE8 before it comes out this spring. I'm using Internet Explorer Collections to run Internet Explorer versions 5.5, 6, 7, and 8. Internet Explorer 5.5 isn't really necessary I suppose, but I was curious how it stacked up. It's doing about the same as Internet Explorer 6 in my testing. Internet Explorer 8 isn't as bad as I'd feared, but it's not as good as I'd hoped either.

All WordPress, All the Time!

While minor changes to this site are still ongoing, the awkward phase should be over. Up until now this has been a static HTML site with a WordPress Blog in a sub-directory. As of this morning, it's all WordPress. The awkward part was configuring WordPress such that it could maintain my static home page, and keep the blog's permalink structure intact. I've taken a bit of the previous static content offline for now, but I'll add it again if I decide it's relevant. Permalinks should all work as before, but you might have to resubscribe to the RSS feed.

Firefox times Two

I love Portable Apps. A very convenient way to take your tools with you. While they're great for when you're on the road, you know they aren't just for USB drives? You can install them on your hard-drive as well. Need to run two different versions of Firefox? Install one normally, and install the other as a portable. I've been testing sites with a Firefox screen reader called Firevox. Some of Firevox's shortcut keys conflict with my development plugins.

IE6

IE PNG Fix - TwinHelix

This script adds near-native PNG support with alpha opacity to IE 5.5 and 6. Now you can have full translucency and no more ugly grey borders! It requires only one line in your CSS file, and no changes to your website HTML. <img alt="" /> tags and background images are both supported.

Skip Links

Unlike many others, our recommended method of implementing skip links ensures that all keyboard users ’see’ the skip link, as it appears visually on screen when a user tabs to it, and is of course read out by screen readers. The problem is this — although they find it, many web users simply do not understand what a skip link does, let alone how to use one.

Test Driven

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Test-Driven CSS (sorta) at zahnster

When starting this task, I knew that we'd have to come up with an at-a-glance method for our developers to take the newly re-factored CSS and run with it.

Cascade Exposures

My most recent project at Riven Design was transitioning a Typepad photo-blog called Cascade Exposures to WordPress and it's own domain. The new site debuted today, and I'm really thrilled. Go take a look, Jan's work is impressive, and always worth a visit. While you're there, make sure you subscribe so that you'll never miss anything.

Riven Design

As you may have notice, I haven't blogged much lately. One of my recent endeavors has been doing web design at Riven Design. I've been doing web design with an emphasis on high quality imagery and accessibility, and some really fun print design as well.

Riven Design