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October 2002’s Posts.

  1. 25dates.com; Cashets; Guerilla News

  2. Trade by Numbers

    The last of the two big projects I’ve been working on this month finally launched today. Although Trade by Numbers is a small, monthly e-zine, it is, I believe, the first time a globe*.com site

  3. Hiding from IE5/Mac; titling pages

    A new (?) CSS trick that serves styles only to IE 5.x on the Macintosh has been uncovered by Geoff Sheridan. (Get more CSS tricks using import.)

  4. The elements of user experience

    Boxes and Arrows has a good review of Jesse James Garrett’s The Elements of User Experience, which includes links to the must have one-page diagram the book was named for and a sample chapter which expands on that diagram.

  5. The butterfly effect

    If you’re using Internet Explorer, and visiting any non-AOL-owned site today, you’ll likely see the MSN “butterfly” ads. Adrian Holovaty expands on a topic raised on online-news: a story on MSN and AOL running at The New York Times’s technology section also has those MSN ads.

  6. Jakob jumps the shark; International New Media Festival

    A tangential thought: saw this, and thought of Jump the Shark, which led me to wonder when did Jakob jump the shark? I’ argue it was his partnership with Marcomedia, and those who read his last Alertbox column just might agree, especially given his earlier feelings about Flash.

  7. Bell Globemedia Interactive lay-offs; updated validator

    BGM Interactive, one of the heavyweights in the Canada Internet content game, has cut about 10 percent of its workforce. The company — my employer — operates The Globe and Mail Web sites, CTV’s Web sites, and Sympatico, among others.

  8. OJA surprise; accessibility and the law

    The winners of the 2002 Online Journalism Awards were announced on October 18, 2002. Unfortunately, I had to search out the results myself. Despite being a screener for the Awards, I received no notice (granted, it could have been lost).

  9. Fear Dot Com; Zeldman a Maoist?

    This has to be one of the most clever and original movie reviews I’ve read in a long time.

  10. Building accessible web sites

    Joe Clark’s long anticipated book, Building Accessible Websites has been published. Clark is probably the accessibility expert for electronic communication, and it’s technical editor was Mark Pilgrim (of Dive Into Accessibility fame). If you care about accessibility online, this book is a must read.

  11. Mozilla 1.2 beta; Bowman’s blog

    Mozilla 1.2 beta is out, featuring “link prefetching.”

  12. New tableless Opera site

    I’m coming down with a cold and have two big projects due this week, so postings may be rare. However, you may be cheered to know that Opera.com has also abandoned tables, and uses valid XHTML and CSS on its site

  13. October 11, 2002

    Fixed the permissions (I hate permissions), so you can again comment on the LCKY entries

  14. Wired in style

    Wired has done something very few big sites have the balls to do: abandon tables in favour of an all CSS-based layout (that even includes a text resizing widget).

  15. No Gecko for AOL

    No Gecko for AOL. The new verision is out, but its Windows users are still stuck with IE’s rendering engine. Both the CompuServe and AOL Mac services use a Gecko-based browser. Both, though, have tiny audiences when compared to AOL for Windows

  16. October 8, 2002

    Not sure about the usability of this one, but the menu is now automatically “unfixed” if it is longer than the browser window in Gecko-based browsers

  17. Fixing Dreamweaver; the blog beat; DevEdge Sidebar

    LIFT NN/g is an interesting attempt to solve accessibility problems at the source (i.e., the Web editor) — problem is Dreamweaver is rarely used to complete large Web projects. For those places that do use Dreamweaver all the way through the process, the price could be a little too steep.

  18. Gemini does the Web; Dogma W4

    The Gemini’s have a “Most Popular Web Site” category, and are asking Canadians to vote for their favourite TV Web site. From the looks of it the first round is made up of every major Canadian TV show with a site (actually it’s only 20). By the fourth round, when five are selected, let’s hope some genuinely good sites emerge.

  19. A box model fix and a JavaScript verifier

    Thor Larholm wants to make sure every box is the same size.

  20. Spam cop and tiny fonts

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