Blog posts tagged “Web”

Google's Chrome needs polishing but is off to a good start
September 2, 2008

In case you haven't already heard, Google released Chrome today—its new browser built based on how the web is used today compared to several years ago. Considering its been in development for two years, it's amazing that knowledge about it has been limited to rumors until yesterday. After using it as my primary browser for an afternoon, I found several awesome and not-so-awesome parts.

Why I use a print program for web design
June 5, 2008

A recent post over on 37 Signals on why they skip Photoshop and head straight for the HTML and CSS portion of a design and a post by John Hicks on why he doesn't had me thinking about my own design methods.

Keep an eye on your markup
May 9, 2008

"How did that gap get there? Why aren't those lining up properly? Why is my browser crashing?" Sound familiar? Check your markup. How many hours have you spent sifting through code, only to find that little display quirk was caused by a missing </div> or </span> tag? Rest assured, if something looks wonky, it's probably the markup.

CSS variables on the horizon
April 9, 2008

Apple and Disruptive Innovations submitted a proposal today for CSS variables and I'm excited to see this first step taken. Having the ability to define variables in CSS is something I and just about every other designer have wanted for quite some time.

CSS Naked Day 2008
April 9, 2008

Like many sites around the world, I'm stripping the site for the third annual CSS Naked Day. It's a tribute to Web designers and Web standards. Without either, I wouldn't have a job!

Drop caps in the wild
March 1, 2008

Anyone who's created drop caps on Web sites knows they can be challenging to say the least. Every browser displays them their own way, requiring a variety of CSS hacks or conditional comments to give them some semblance of what was originally designed. The other day, I came across an obscure variation of the :first-letter inheritance bug present in IE that had me really scratching my head.

Helvetica is bad for your body
February 3, 2008

Every time I come across a site designed to use Helvetica for body text, I wish I never installed it.

You are not your own worst tester
April 17, 2007

When creating an application or a Web site, a rule of thumb is that you should not be the tester in your own usability test. I mostly agree with this, but when you are short on time, budget, and testers, testing yourself can prove to be just as useful.

Tips for organizing your CSS
September 10, 2006

While CSS is a powerful technology, managing it can be tricky—especially when working with someone else's style sheet or an old one you haven't looked at in a while. There's a lot going on in style sheets so organization is key. I've worked with CSS for several years now have developed a few simple techniques that work really well for me.

Check it, don't select it
December 17, 2005

Usability and accessibility are all the rage right now and that's great because it's slowly making the web a better place. Unfortunately, some of the goodies in our bags of tricks aren't quite up to snuff when it comes to these two areas. One such goody is the good old select element—specifically with the multiple attribute enabled. How about we do away with them and try something different?

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