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Jun 27

Illustrator Charts

17 comments 2005 at 01.36 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Up on request here is a small tutorial on how to create a nice Illustrator pie chart. Hope you enjoy this one ;-)

Illustrator Charts

Jun 25

Dear Internet Explorer users ;-)

32 comments 2005 at 06.48 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Here is just a short announcement that you, Internet Explorer users, can now scale the text of my blog. Well, since I reckon your patience has been tested long enough, I thought I owe you one.

Not sure but it could be that my stubbornness of using px for my fonts in the CSS stylesheet had a bit of influence to a lot of I.E. users that decided to switch to a smarter browser :-) These stats are not really surprising to me (anymore), but maybe to the 32% I.E. users reading my blog (from the past 2 months, on an avarge of 40 to 42 thousand unique visitors).

Mozilla (Gecko) 50%, I.E. 32,6% (vs 6.x 31.1% - vs 5.x 1.5%), Safari 13.1%, Opera 2.3%, Netscape 0.6%, Camino 0.3%, Mozilla 0.1%

Needless to say that the nature of this site is the main reason why I.E. is losing such a big share of the cake.

Anyway I hope this is an improvement and that I made some of you happy.

Jun 22

A response from an accessibility consultant from BlindSurfer

49 comments 2005 at 12.45 am posted by Veerle Pieters

An interesting follow up on our discussion on accessibility is the comment made by Roel Van Gils, an accessibility consultant from BlindSurfer (Belgium).

I’ve been following this discussion with great interest. I work as an accessibility consultant for BlindSurfer, the Belgian (not Flemish; we’re also active in Brussels and the Walloon region of Belgium) organization that you and some of your readers criticized. I would like to set some things straight.

Jun 20

Accessibility, Veerle’s point of view

38 comments 2005 at 02.15 am posted by Veerle Pieters

I’ve been reading a lot about accessibility the last few days. One of the latest articles about this issue is over at Andy Budd’s place. He is saying that it is in a small part up to the law to make people/companies aware of those issues. Well I can only follow to a certain degree. Yes the law/gouverment should have a role in all this but not necessary a legalization with a negative tone by forcing things or fear by legal action. It’s very good that people in UK have a legal route if they feel that they are discriminated but I personally think a lot of those people just don’t bother to go through all the hassle that is associated with it.

Jun 15

Pictures from @Media 2005 and London

16 comments 2005 at 06.13 am posted by Veerle Pieters

I am probably the last of the bunch but my pictures are finally available on Flickr from my trip to London. So if you are interested in a visual journey of my trip please check out my 2 sets:

Luckily I had a little help from my boyfriend to put them online because it is business as usual again here. Hope you like them.

Jun 14

My thoughts on @media London

5 comments 2005 at 01.45 am posted by Veerle Pieters

The @media conference
Lots of people have already posted an extended review of the @media conference , while I was enjoying London during the weekend. So I’m just gonna post my impressions and give you some of the highlights. Jeffrey Zeldman‘s keynote speech was a perfect starter for this conference. After all he is the (famous, at least in ‘our’ world) man that inspired us all and made us care for web standards. Same goes for Molly Holzschlag, she is a real pro and gave us some promising news, an exclusive that we have to keep for ourself at the moment since it hasn’t been officially announced yet.

Jun 11

The social factor of @media 2005

24 comments 2005 at 12.30 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Well, what can I say, I’m having a great time here. There is really too much to write about, it’s like my head is exploding right now ;-) I feel like I’m living on adrenaline the last couple of days. It’s so intense to have so much fun and meet all those people. The conference was really great on day one and the second day was even better. It was a bit of a rush to get on time.

Jun 08

Arrived in London for @media

14 comments 2005 at 03.28 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

This morning around 11 my boyfriend and I departed for @media London. We took the train from Deinze to Brussels, ate a sandwich and then checked in to take the Eurostar from Brussels to London Waterloo. This was my actually my first time I travelled with the Eurostar. Apart from the very poor Dutch by the train manager (it was advisable to pay attention to the French version instead, it was that bad) the trip went smooth.

Jun 06

HOT NEWS: Apple powered by Intel in 2006

50 comments 2005 at 11.19 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Yes, the rumors are true. Our goal is to provide our customers with the best personal computers in the world, and looking ahead Intel has the strongest processor roadmap by far, said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. The first Intel based Mac should be in stores by June 2006 and the transition should be complete by 2007. As a just in case Mac OS X has been leading a secret double life, for the last five years every release of OS X has been compiled to run on Intel processors.

Jun 05

My newest toys

36 comments 2005 at 07.05 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Since today I’m working on a brand new Apple G5. It took me a while to get things organized and ready to do the production work on it. All those apps to install! But hey, it works like a charm. My new machine is a Dual G5 2,7 GHz with 2,5 GB of RAM. My first impression: this thing flies! There is a big difference with a PowerBook G4 1,5 GHz (with 1 GB of RAM). Things I need to wait a little are now gone.

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