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July 2001’s Posts.

  1. Going to New York City

    The amazing photographer Natalie Schönfeld is having her New York City debut on Thursday (if you're in the city, please drop by), so a bunch of us our going down there to as part of her international (Canadian, U.S., Venezuelan) contingent of supporters.

  2. Client-side data manipulation

    Finally started to play with XML and XSLT, using it to manipulate some data about some human cannonball performances (a whole other story). I've never had the chance to work (in-depth) with ASP, PHP, or any other database-driven, server-side language, but using JavaScript to access the XML-HTML parser in IE 5+, I was easily able to do some pretty impressive data manipulation on the client-side.

  3. Introducing ia/

    A lot of usability information sites I’ve seen are quite dull. Perhaps it’s because I'm not purely an Information Architect. Nonetheless, I stumbled across ia/ [eye-eh slash] today. Not only was the site nicely designed, it four annotated links to articles from the (typically dull-looking) that I immediately read. Three were from SURL’s Usability News and were about the best place for link locations (embedded in the text), the best use of online fonts, and why liquid multi-column Web page layouts are preferred. The fourth was a PDF explaining, in detail why all sites should have a comprehensive style guide.

  4. Spam and SirCam

    A couple of items drawn from my inbox:

  5. July 21, 2001

    Sure you can turn-off the ads on a page-by-page basis, but if you subscribe to the saila.com newsletter you can learn how to surf the site ad-free—always! If you notice the text-flow feature (or anything else) acting strangely, please send let me know

  6. Wired News on journalism

    I’ve been reading Wired News religiously for the almost five years (long enough to remember its white on black with red look). Yesterday I didn’t. Yesterday, there were three web journalism stories (kindly posted to the caj-list by Bill Doskoch).

  7. July 17, 2001

    That last phase of the homepage is done, with the beta release of the Links tool. Add up to five of your favourite sites to it, then detach it from the page to use as a desktop reference. Web spec links included free of charge! Like much of saila.com’s new features, you can find it under the Personalize menu

  8. Credibility of online journalism

    The Online News Association is doing a study into the credibility of online journalism. The online survey (which takes less than ten minutes to complete) is targetted either to journalists or "media consumers" depending on how you answer the first few questions. If you read or create online news, fill out the survey and watch for the results in late October.

  9. Salon as syndicator

    Egad. The plan behind the rumoured hostile takeover bid for Salon.com seems downright loopy. The 24-year-old spearheading the plan (who ran his own syndication company for two years until it folded last year) believes he can make Salon (SALN:Nasdaq) profitable in 30 days thanks to its brand and traffic.

  10. Coverage of the Olympic announcement

    In the spirit of my little test of sites during the elections, I checked at some of Canada's big ones for coverage of the Olympic announcement between about 10:05 a.m. and 10:20 a.m.:

  11. Richler’s book sales soar

    Every artist dreads this slice of brutal irony: in a twisted bit of schadenfreude, within 24 hours of Mordecai Richler's death, his books sold out at my local Book City store and the three others in Toronto. Chapters had a big increase in demand with some stores being sold out as well. Not only that, Reuters is reporting that "sales for The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz had jumped 1,100 percent since July, while Barney's Version was up 450 percent in the same time frame" at Amazon.com. (Despite my affiliate relationship with Chapters, its just too bizarre to post this item and solicit sales.)

  12. A tale of two redesigns

    A look at the redesigns of the latimes.com and The Globe and Mail.

  13. Cleaning Word

    Dean Allen (of Textism fame) has created a little tool for cleaning Word's HTML. Apparently, it can strip out all the nonsense HTML/XML/CSS code Word 2000+ puts in your documents when you save the work to HTML. While I haven’t much use for it yet (both copies of Word I have — one at home, one at work — are the ’97 editions, which surprisingly, generate relatively clean code), I thought someone out there might appreciate it

  14. CRTC decision handicaps journalists

    A CRTC decision prevents journalists from freely sharing information.

  15. Website tips

    Stumbled across Website Tips while trying to figure out why my Mozilla was crashing consistently every five minutes. Couldn't reproduce the problem (the browser seemed only to crash when sitting idle), but I did spend enough time on the site to explore some of this excellent resource for resources about the vast subject known as Web design. Many of the links are well known, but all are annotated in a nicely designed, easy to use site. Worth a bookmark

  16. July 4, 2001

    New templates are up for the site. Essentially, they are modifications to the printer-friendly style sheet. One, called Clean has replaced the earlier text-only version of the site. The other, Low-Fi is how this site could have looked in 1993 and is specially modified for text-only browsers and handheld devices (like AvantGo)

  17. Mordecai Richler has died

    Mordecai Richler, one of Canada's most opinionated and respected writers, has died from what is believed to be complications related to his cancer. Best known for his book The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Richler, 70, wrote a total of ten books (three of which were judged as part of the 100 best English-Canadian books) and hundreds of columns, many of which featured his passion for Montreal and Quebec. If you feel so inclined, you can sign a virtual book of visitation for him…or just raise a pint in his memory.

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