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May 20

Design Eye for the Usability Guy

1 comments 2004 at 03.03 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Maybe you don’t know who Jakob Nielsen is, he’s a usability expert with an ugly website called Alert Box. Some of you might have discovered this article, but for those who didn’t, I can only advice to take a look and read the story. Design and usability don’t always go hand in hand so prefectly. But now a team of web professionals has proven the oposite in a superb piece of kraftmanship on guidelines for visualizing links.

May 19

Gaps in menu list items in I.E.

13 comments 2004 at 03.16 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Yesterday I was working on a horizontal navigation with vertical submenus in CSS using list items. This is normally not that difficult if you don’t have to deal with Internet Explorer. You just use the :hover pseudo class to let the submenus appear when you hover the main menu buttons. Since this is not supported by I.E. you have to find a smart way to get around this.

May 14

CSS vs tables

3 comments 2004 at 03.32 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Andy Budd wrote a very enlightening article on his blog about CSS versus tables and why in some instances, traditional table based design can be as good, if not better than CSS and standards based design. It was one of the best articles about CSS vs tables I’ve read in a while.

Apr 23

Fun with floats

9 comments 2004 at 07.27 am posted by Veerle Pieters

A friend and reader of my blog, Travis Crips, helped me out on a webpage design in CSS. I got stuck on some errors and didn’t know how to fix them. Travis found the error and pointed me at some interesting floating issues that I would like to share with you…

Feb 23

How to get validated when using Flash

14 comments 2004 at 01.23 am posted by Veerle Pieters

stars It took you countless hours of research, blood, sweet and sometimes even tears when looking for a solution to build a standard website that validates and looks good in every modern browser. So now you want to add a little Flash movie as icing on the cake. Most people will use the code that Macromedia generates for this.

At first everything looks fine in your browser, that’s until you go back to the W3C to see if it validates. What follows is pure frustration grrrl… Your hard work down the drain because it no longer validates anymore because of Flash.  Look at this ‘bad’ example to see what I mean. Click on the link at the bottom to check the validation and see the long list of errors.

Feb 10

Firefox 0.8, for Mac and Windows

13 comments 2004 at 03.16 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Mozilla.org has released Firefox 0.8 (formerly Firebird), the latest version of its lightweight Web browser for Mac OS X and Windows. I am greatly surprised about the quality work that has gone into this release. For instance the first thing you’ll notice is the cool new logo for the app.

Jan 31

A call out to the experts

12 comments 2004 at 02.19 am posted by Veerle Pieters

As I mentioned in my yesterday’s post, I’m still a bit of a newbie when it comes to advanced CSS. My blog is actually my first website made with CSS2. I learned this by exploring CSS blogs, analyzing their code, looking at online CSS tutorials, experimenting etc.

Jan 26

Why follow W3C standards?

15 comments 2004 at 01.18 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

My post from yesterday about my blog following W3C standards is still warm and maybe you’re asking yourself this question “why”? Well here’s why: One of the biggest national newspapers “Het Laaste Nieuws” recently redesigned its website and look what happens if you’re using a web browser like Safari or Mozilla etc, In other words browsers who promote standards.

Jan 25

New blog look finally online

12 comments 2004 at 07.35 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Finally I got my new blog online. It took a bit more time then I thought because of all the self-study that I needed to do to get things going. No more hassles with iBlog and it will render much faster too. I’ve used the newest techniques like XHTML 1 and CSS2 to achieve a “cleaner” result ;-)

This site follows the W3C guidelines and I’m very proud of it. It took some sweat and tears but it was all for a good cause since one of my promises to myself is that I’m going to use the CSS techniques I’ve learned as much as I can when building sites for clients. It will be my (small) contribution to a standard compliant web!

Don’t hesitate to become a member on my blog because members will get some benefits in the future ;-)

Nov 03

W3C urges to destroy the browser patent of Eolas ...

0 comments 2003 at 05.00 am posted by Veerle Pieters

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) asks the American government to deal with the patent which recently gave Microsoft a giant fine. Inside the web organization there is some concern about the consequences that the verdict will have on several internet companies.

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