Archived entries for Info Mgmt

On Appropriate Use of DIVs, or When Divitis Doesn’t Apply

Divitis refers to the misuse of the DIV element in markup. Too often, sites are converted to tableless by blindly substituting a <div> for each <td> and <tr>. Related afflictions are widespread: one prominent news site wraps each “paragraph” of content in a <div class="p"> element. This pointless mess isn’t an improvement, and tastes as bad as yesterday’s tag soup.

Markup’s job is to generously impart meaning. This principle of “meaningful markup” is core to Web Standards’ ethos. Divitis misses it completely.

But not all DIVs metastasize into divitis.

According to the authoritative W3C spec, DIVs are specifically designed “for adding structure to documents.” Reasonable examples include encapsulating distinct modules (e.g., this is the weather module; this is the module’s footer region) and grouping together modules that live in the same structure (e.g., these modules belong to the secondary group/column). This is the appropriate use of the DIV element.

If one pillar of the Web Standards pantheon says markup should exclusively describe content, the other pillar says presentation instructions belong to CSS exclusively: Markup denotes structure, while CSS renders it. Sometimes structure and page layout feel more like presentation than content, but in truth it is equal parts both. Structure communicated in markup – even when the structure is ultimately expressed visually – is the appropriate use of a DIV.

Flickr Gifts For All

Heather Champ announced yesterday on the Flickr Blog good news for Flickr users Past, Present, and Future. If you’re an existing regular user, your upload quote rose from 20mb to 100mb. If you’re an existing Pro user, your upload quote rose from 2GB to Infinity. If you’re not a current Flickr user, it just got easier for people to gift accounts to you – and no longer just upgrades to pro.

Thank you Flickr!

Easy Video Editing with Jumpcut

I’d never heard of jumpcut.com before, but Yahoo! just acquired them and after playing with it for a few minutes I agree that it’s pretty slick. (Update: In fact, after remixing the video below in less than 30 seconds, I think it’s actually really slick.)

Jumpcut is a video site, but the coolness is their web-based online video editor. With an easy to understand Flash interface you can rearrange and trim clips and add snazzy transitions. Also cool: you can email video from the video camera on your mobile phone to the site. Every video has a “remix” button, that when clicked makes the video you’re watching editable and mixable with your own content or other content on the site.

You can slice and splice the clips. You can import Flickr photos to use in your videos. You can pull in mp3s and audio clips. Title screens are cake.

As with most video players, this one is in Flash and seems to Just Work.

All and all, a pretty cool piece of web-based software.

Update: Jumpcut announced the acquisition with a “Great Combos” video. I remixed it in 30 seconds:

Curious about Creative Commons?

Are you curious about Creative Commons? Why their licenses are? How they work? Why you should care?

If so, I recommend you head to the Yahoo! Publisher Network blog to read their new post that’s guest-written by Creative Common’s Creative Director Eric Steuer. He answers those questions and points to some resources in a clear and concise article well worth your time.

Announcing: Nate’s Job List

It’s because I’m busy and lazy that I’m announcing this new “one-to-many” channel. Though I truly want to help all my friends, colleagues, and contacts hook up [employment], I unfortunately don’t have time for personalized matchmaking.

My new list, perfect if you’re looking for employees or employers, is a newsletter not a message board. This means you can all subscribe but I’ll be the only one posting. I’ll post to it every time I get questions like these, which lately has been frequently:

  • Can you introduce me to good web developers looking for work?
  • Know a good visual designer?
  • Know anybody that matches this job description?
  • I’m looking to switch employers, who’s hiring?
  • I’m looking for freelance work, know any cool projects?

So, if you’re looking for work or workers, sign up for the list either online or by sending an email to nates-job-list-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Unless explicitly instructed otherwise, I’ll strip contact info from offers before posting them to the list. This will protect the innocent and allow for quality control while cutting down spam.

If you are interested in a job or person that I’ve posted to the list, send me an email (at my-firstname at my-lastname dot com) and I’ll put you in contact with the potential employee or employer. Please take a moment to ensure you’re sending me something useful and user-friendly (remember: I’m lazy!). Best case scenario: I can just forward your email without modification. Therefore, include a cover letter, url to your resume or job listing, any tracking info (such as the unique identifier for the job), etc.

I hope this is a good system, and better than spamming my blog with all the postings. Feedback very welcome.

Thanks,
Nate

Protect Free Speech at 7pm Tonight in San Francisco

How often do you get a real and important opportunity to stand up for what you believe in? If your answer is “not often enough”, then join me at the “Free Josh Wolf” party tonight at House of Shields in downtown San Francisco. (Event and location details on upcoming.org)

Jackson West summarizes it well:

Josh Wolf is a Bay Area journalist who was imprisoned for refusing to cooperate with the federal grand jury and turn over video footage that wouldn’t have even necessarily been relevant to their case.

Why does this matter to you? Because it means even journalist and citizen could potentially be legally compelled to aid in surveillance of political activity. Because journalists, artists and bloggers have the right to take private notes and recordings in order to cover events and craft stories. And because an attack on Josh is an attack on freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

Josh needs help with his legal bills and rent. Booze and music will be on hand, you just need to show up and support Josh. It’s the patriotic thing to do.

And eddie has the whole back story.

Here are links (from eddie’s coverage) that you might visit:

See you tonight!



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