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November 2002’s Posts.

  1. Mozilla 1.2 released; arguing the benefits of cross-ownership

    Mozilla 1.2 is out. Although 1.2 beta was a bit flaky, this build is much improved and is much better than the latest nightlies. If you still don’t use this amazing browser, perhaps its worth (re)reading the “101 things that the Mozilla browser can do that IE cannot” as selected by fellow Torontonian Neil Deakin.

  2. New validator

    The new W3C validator is now available. The changes include increased XHTML support and many bugfixes

  3. CSS filters; better headings; WSJ stable

    Kevin Smith has done a tremendous amount of organizational work to clarify where all the various CSS “hacks” work. While other sites are listed from it, his CSS Filters page will likely become my one-stop hack shop.

  4. Outliner menus; CBC.ca excellence

    Over the past few weeks, a number of people have commented on the outliner-style navigation menu most of you see at the left. I told a couple of them I was considering releasing the script for it to the public.

  5. JSP errors

    You think?

  6. Moving briefs; CSS menus

    Some good reading I found over the weekend (unfortunately, since we’re moving in less than two weeks reading time is at a premium):

  7. New gig; GetContentSize; XUL; no W3C patents

    As has been officially announced, I’m now the Assistant Editor at Digital Web Magazine meaning I’ll be handling interviews, like this one with Jakob Nielson conducted by Meryl K. Evans and Nick Finck.

  8. DOM talk

    DOM support in the new Opera 7 beta is not quite ready for prime time (that’s why its “beta”) so if you want to visit this site using that browser I highly recommend you turn-off JavaScript before arriving. CSS support seems excellent, though. (Opera has a full list of what’s supported.) If you do notice bugs, read the support documentation, and then — with a qualified test case — submit them.

  9. Star redesign results; Opera 7 beta

    To match the new look of the paper, The Toronto Star redesigned its Web site, which had been less than pretty. The new site uses white space well, and is crisply and cleanly designed (the work of freelance designer Simone Paradisi). Unfortunately it still uses unreadable long CMS-generated URLs. Some quickly noted improvements:

  10. Blogging; Contribute

    Some of you may have seen this, but for designers itching to get the work out to a huge audience, the Blogger Template Contest may be of interest.

  11. CSS3 releases; the Content Provider’s Manifesto

    The CSS3 modules are being churned out at a furious pace recently. Last calls were issued for the text and box-model Working Drafts. A second draft was published for lists and and a first one for borders. The latter has some interesting visual additions including implementations for drop shadows (which would render my CSS trick obsolete), rounded corners (which would render another CSS trick obsolete) and creating borders using images.

  12. Distributed computing renamed

    Apparently distributed computing (of SETI@Home fame) is now called grid computing.

  13. Multiculturalism and privacy

    Canada takes pride in describing its implementation of multiculturalism using the metaphor of a tapestry (or salad bowl , or mosaic) to contrast with the idea of a melting pot. But recent attempts by the U.S. government to fingerprint some foreign-born Canadians crossing the border prompted the federal privacy commissioner to suggest passports no longer display the place of birth.

  14. Star redesign; responding to Asper; privacy in Canada

    The Toronto Star, Canada’s biggest paper, is celebrating 110 years in print by redesigning itself (due a week today), and running a retrospective series. Some of the more interesting ones are about the paper itself, including a great piece on the Star’s legendary switchboard and a bittersweet reminisce of the newsrooms of old.

  15. Gemini winners; Lasica interview

  16. November 3, 2002

    Begun replacing email links with a feedback form

  17. IE 5/Mac tips; Asper rants

    The Macintosh version of the Internet Explorer 5 was the best browser for rendering CSS when it first appeared in early 2000. Now, two-and-a-half years later, other browsers provide more consistent support and that browsers quirks have become more apparent. Thankfully Apple.com commissioned an excellent article detailing workarounds for the most common problems. (A thorough list of bugs is available from CodeBitch.)

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