WCAG 2.0 has been released

W3C Web Standard Defines Accessibility for Next Generation Web

Today W3C announces a new standard that will help Web designers and developers create sites that better meet the needs of users with disabilities and older users. Drawing on extensive experience and community feedback, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 improve upon W3C's groundbreaking initial standard for accessible Web content.

Web Design Resources - Updated

I was putting together a list of resources that I regularly use for someone, and I thought it might be helpful for someone else.

CSS Menu Writer Rides Again

I'm still using the CSS Menu Writer that I got to evaluate. I have to say it's very slick. I'm working on a WordPress site that I hope to reveal soon, and it came in very handy. I've worked on tabbed navigation with CSS before, but this was relatively painless. A few quick menu adjustments and it gave me a set of beautiful tabbed menus. Of course it's never quite that easy.

Web Design Tools - The Site Test

If you are a site designer, or a site owner, you will at some point need to evaluate a site. Do the bones of the site stand up, or it is a screaming wreck hidden behind a pretty facade? The first thing I do is look at the source code.  Beautiful code isn't the final answer on site testing, but it's a place to start.  Is it table based, or a CSS layout? A table based layout should put up a warning flag. Table based layouts are outdated... you can do better. You want CSS. It's more adaptable, and more accessible to a wide range of technologies.

HDR Explained

Two of my favorite Photoshop experts, Ben Willmore (Digital Mastery, The Best of Ben and Where is Ben?) and Bert Monroy (PixelPerfect) get together. They meet to explain HDR (High Dynamic Range) in a two part series.

A List Apart Design Survey

A List Apart - The Survey, 2008

Calling all designers, developers, information architects, project managers, writers, editors, marketers, and everyone else who makes websites. It is time once again to pool our information so as to begin sketching a true picture of the way our profession is practiced worldwide.

It's a very well written survey in my opinion. If you are a design professional, go help them out and take the survey.

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.


How is your Shop Window?

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