Templates in a Teapot

Last week, Joshua Kaufman “noticed(Enforcing the Creative Commons)”:http://unraveled.com/archives/2004/05/enforcing_the_creative_commons a site that used css extremely similar to some he wrote. The person that created the site in question denies it. Not knowing either one personally, but having exchanged e-mail with and read the weblog of the accused for quite a while, it just doesn’t strike me as something he would feel the need to do.

Web Standards and IE

bq.Is there anyone out there who still doubts the real world benefits of developing with Web standards? – “D. Keith Robinson(Web Standards ROI)”:http://www.7nights.com/asterisk/archives/web_standards_roi.php#1068 When well-reasoned arguments fail, there are other possible methods.
bq.Oh, and everytime I meet an IE team member in the halls (which is quite often) I grab them by the shirt, give them a nugie, and ask them when they are gonna support standards.

Sokkit To Me

If you are in the midst of developing sites or changing your cms or whatever is in vogue at the moment, one thing you can do is work from your local machine using a product like “Sokkit(Sokkit – Install Apache and PHP on Windows)”:http://www.sokkit.net/pragmacms/index.php?layout=main&cslot_1=2.

NYPL in XHTML

The “New York Public Library(The New York Public Library)”:http://nypl.org/ has a “new design(NYPL Redesign)”:http://www.zeldman.com/daily/0504a.shtml#nypl for their website. That should the rest of us something to aspire to.

Projects Everywhere

Everytime I read where “Dean says(The Heal Your Church WebSite Redesign)”:http://www.healyourchurchwebsite.com/archives/001109.shtml “I want,” I can emphathize. Some days I just don’t know where to start. You can follow one of them over at one of the “other sites(My own Web Server)”:http://www.websitesyoushouldknow.com/archives/000083.html.

Background Patterns

Someone asked me for a source of background patterns the other day and I had to think really hard to come up with the name of my favorite: “squidfingers(squidfingers / patterns)”:http://www.squidfingers.com/patterns/. I can now add “bloggrounds(Free Blog Backgrounds)”:http://www.citrusmoon.net/bgenter.html as well.

Bryan Bell’s Bookworm

Remember how I “recommended(Major Shift)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2003/10/shift everyone take a look at Bryan Bell’s Bookworm theme? I spent some time Saturday afternoon deconstructing how to work. I have three sites in mind that it would be perfect for. My only question was making changes to the graphics.

CSS vs Tables

bq.Are they any benefits to using a full CSS integrated solution? No. There is no real benefit when you start to replace < table > tags with < DIV > tags and attempt to control it all in CSS. It’s one thing to use a css style to replace tech same fonts that will be used all over the place that may or may not change.

Web Best Practices

If you are looking to update your website to a modern look, but are not sure where to start, read this article on “web standards(Examining the Role of De Facto Standards on the Web)”:http://www.boxesandarrows.com/archives/examining_the_role_of_de_facto_standards_on_the_web.php by Heidi Adkisson and then visit “Web Design Practices(examing current design practices on the web)”:http://www.webdesignpractices.com/.

Eolas means Evil

bq.Once there is a perceived cost and/or liability associated with web standards, they’ll be permanently relegated to the realm of weblogs and personal sites. No matter the true ROI of standards-based design and development, mandating proprietary hacks such as the NOEXTERNALDATA attribute contribute only to the fragmentation of the web � and of course, of the code used to power it.