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


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

Editing Your Firefox Personal Dictionary

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.


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.

Sizing Text in 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?


Web Image File Types

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:

What HTML should look like