Textpattern 4.0.4

It may just seem to be a point release, but “Textpattern 4.0.4(Textpattern 4.0.4 Released)”:http://textpattern.com/weblog/237/textpattern-404-released is a really a revolutionary step forward in terms of the development of the software. I haven’t been this excited about the software in a good while, and I am really looking forward to testing out the new capabilities here and at a few other sites.

Alas, poor FrontPage!

It started with a bang.
bq.FrontPage, which is currently available for Windows and Unix users, contains an editor for creating and editing Web pages; an Explorer for visualizing and managing Web sites: support for WebBot agents for automating text searches, feedback forms, and threaded discussion forums; Wizards and templates; and a to-do list feature that enables status tracking of site tasks.

IE7 Standards

I was eager to try out the beta version of Internet Explorer 7 that has been “floating around(ie7 beta1 torrent)”:http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=ie7+beta1+torrent+&btnG=Google+Search the Internet. Now I am not.
bq.I’m very happy that we’ve shipped IE 7 beta 1. I wanted to make it clear that we know Beta 1 makes little progress for web developers in improving our standards support, particularly in our CSS implementation.

Google AutoLink

Google recently released an arguably more benign version of “Microsoft Smart Tags(Microsoft Smart tags)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2001/06/smart recently called “Google AutoLink(Google Toolbar Help)”:http://www.google.com/support/toolbar/bin/static.py?page=features.html. For various opinions, check out “Rogers Cadenhead(Google Wants to Play Tag)”:http://www.cadenhead.org/workbench/entry/2005/02/21#2475, “Anil Dash(Free the User Agents!)”:http://www.dashes.com/anil/2005/02/17/free_the_user_a, “Richard Eriksson(Zeldman, a man I respect, is wrong about Google Toolbar)”:http://www.movableblog.com/asides/2005/02/24/1915, “Dave Winer(Google’s toolbar and content modification)”:http://www.thetwowayweb.com/2005/02/22#a272 and “Richard Zeldman(Protect your site from Google’s new toolbar)”:http://www.zeldman.com/daily/0205f.shtml.

PodSites are Quaint

Is it just me, or does anyone think that creating a “PodSite(PodSites.com)”:http://www.podsites.com/ is pretty much the equivalent of creating a “Hypercard Stack(HyperCard Around The World)”:http://www.ihug.org/Stacks.html? Extremely cool in “1987(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HyperCard)”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HyperCard, and utterly pointless today. An offline webbrowser for the Ipod might be a good idea, but custom content for it is beyond silly.

The Negative Power of Flash

I have expressed my opinion about Flash “before(Servicing Consumers)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2003/10/servicing, but today I had a perfect example of why I find it problematic. I had a couple who were trying to use the website of our county “property appraiser(Highlands County Property Appraiser)”:http://www.appraiser.co.highlands.fl.us/.

Flexible Layout

I gave the site another makeover yesterday, but this one I am especially pleased with. The template is called “Flexible Layout(Flexible Layout)”:http://www.webproducer.at/Members/tonico/Docs/CSS/flexible-layout and was developed by Tonico Strasser. Among other things, it allows for true source ordering, which means that screen readers and lynx users actually get the content in the middle column first.

CSS Menus

Any style of CSS Menu you may find yourself needing is pretty much available. Just remember the Zeldman advice on “why you should drop-downs only when necessary(Architectural Digest vs. This Old House)”:http://www.zeldman.com/daily/0604f.shtml. Horizontal – “Drop-Down Menus, Horizontal Style(Drop-Down Menus, Horizontal Style)”:http://www.alistapart.com/articles/horizdropdowns/ Vertical – “Suckerfish Dropdowns(Suckerfish Dropdowns)”:http://www.alistapart.com/articles/dropdowns/ You know, I think sometimes I might become a halfway decent web designer (if I could only find the time).