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Interveiw with Doug Bowman

Digital Web does a year-after interview with Doug Bowman, author of the redesigned (and all xhtml/css) wired site. Nothing ground-shattering, but I took some notes while i was reading it.

Even common word processing apps make use of global style-formatting features, and have for years. So the base concept of CSS is already a familiar one to many people. Once you realize that you already know what a style sheet can do (and why itís advantageous to set up in advance), itís just a matter of learning the cascading part of Cascading Style Sheets.

The Web as a medium is already much more accessible than a printed corporate brochure, movie poster, or product catalog. Better support for CSS enables us to create incredible designs that are even more accessible to a vastly wider audience. Unless a brochure has an audio equivalent that travels with it, or comes pre-embossed with a direct Braille translation, it canít be compared with a well-constructed site on the Web.

HTML Email

Was asked about HTML email recently, so started looking around. I found that the css-d mailing list maintains an effective wiki, which covers the topic.

The page, HTML Email and Using Style, has some helpful background, stats and advice for authoring HTML emails.

(Disclaimer: I believe you should think long and hard before creating HTML email. I believe email should be plain text. Many others have made this point.

As a bonus, the page also has some stats on AOL version usage (AOL 5 is holding steady at 5% of AOL users). I put those stats in our BrowserStats page.

To complete the circle, i created a WebDev Twiki page for gathering best practices and info related to HTML Email. Please help me populate it!

Making Small Devices Look Great

The best way to test web pages is to use the devices themselves. This may not always be practicable, but the desktop versions of Opera 7 all have built-in testing functionality.

This page discusses ways to test for handheld devices, including the following. Of those, pay special attention to #1/#2 and #3:

  1. Testing without Small-Screen Rendering
  2. Testing with Small-Screen Rendering
  3. Testing with a ‘Handheld’ stylesheet
  4. Turning off graphics
  5. Turning off JavaScript
  6. Testing without a mouse
  7. Validating the pages/HTML/CSS/accessibility/JavaScript

“Small-Screen Rendering” seems to be gaining momentum in the marketplace, and is pretty innovative approach. Here’s more info from Opera on Small-Screen Rendering itself.

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innerHTML vs. other DOM methods

A very interesting, simple DHTML experiment in element creation, and the resulting benchmarks: http://www.quirksmode.org/dom/innerhtml.html

Available RAM and CPU will affect the resulting numbers, but the outcome is still pretty consistent in relation. My antiquated laptop was brought to its knees while executing the DOM1 and DOM2 tests.

The Pulse of the Planet

This post talks about a new site that’s in beta now:
http://www.decrem.com/bart/archives/000003.html

“I wanted to find a way to capture the feeling of moving to a different part of the world and discovering a new culture. I got together with a friend who’s a moviemaker who divides his time between LA and Italy and we came up with the concept of a blog aggregator site where people would be reporting from around the world and really try to capture the pulse of the planet.”

Here’s the site: (needs some visde help still)
http://www.foreignsubstance.com/

(Bart is the marketing guy at the Mozilla Foundation)



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