It's not Spring yet, and I'm not actually cleaning anything, but the title seemed to fit. If you follow this site on my RSS feed, you'll notice that things are a bit out of order. I'm updating posts and it causes them to jump to the front of the feed.  Mostly this involves making sure the posts have correct tags and categories and so forth, but I'm also checking links and content. My recent style update included some major structural revisions, so I'm still making sure nothing broke.  Updating should be done soon.

Have you heard of Mozilla's Ubiquity? I think it's the beginning of something big.

Ubiquity is a Mozilla Labs experiment into connecting the Web with language in an attempt to find new user interfaces that could make it possible for everyone to do common Web tasks more quickly and easily.

It's going to change how people interact with the web. I don't know how exactly waht it's going to turn in to, but it's a project that I'm going to be watching.

I've logged close to thirty hours in Internet Explorer (IE) 8 in the last few weeks doing browser testing. The more I use it, the more I think to myself "why would you use Internet Explorer?" There are other, better choices. Here's a quick roundup of what's out there to choose from. Internet Explorer: Each version gets better, I'll grant you that, but that's about all I'll grant you.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.