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April 2003’s Posts.

  1. Mozilla’s Midas and other browser tools

    Tim Berners-Lee mentions in his book, Weaving the Web, that he had originally intended the Web-pages to be fully editable in one application. You load up a page and edit the document within the browser. Amaya does this by default. Internet Explorer has had a couple of proprietary extension for this since 4.0 (designMode and contentEditable). Mozilla introduced its version of “designMode” in 1.3.

  2. Slate makes money; 50+ Headings; the next IE

    Slate has become one of the few online publications to make money, and is the only big one to do so that’s not related to a traditional media outlet. (Yes, it is owned by Microsoft, but many print financed by deep-pocketed organizations, too).

  3. Firebird fight; position: fixed; RSS; CSS for handhelds

  4. SARS; merits of CSS-based media filters

    Everyone at work just got a personal santizer to use for washing our hands, as well as instructions on how to properly do just that. Thanks SARS! (Which, despite what some may read into the WHO’s announcement, is not even close being an epidemic in Toronto.)

  5. Ending the upgrades

    Marking the end of the upgrade campaign for saila.com

  6. April 23, 2003

    The homepage once again displays as it should in older browsers like Netscape 4.x

  7. Accessify’s Acrobot

    Ian Lloyd, of Accessify, has put together an excellent little tool called Acrobot to automatically parse a text sample for abbreviations, and wrap them with the appropriate abbr and acronym elements. Not only that, the resulting mark-up includes the relevant definition.

  8. Get a newsfeed to validate; low-fi reading; libel online

    The database genius also known as Rudy writes about his experiences in trying to get a news feed from ITToolbox.com working on his site and having it still validate. Anyone who has tried to do this on the client-side will recognize some of the hurdles he encounters. Oh, and his final suggestion…take it with a grain of salt. ;)

  9. Web browser at 10

    News.com is running a four-day series on the traditional Web browser’s 10th birthday. The report is a nice overview of the long and tumultuous history of a simple application and its far-reaching influences.

  10. PNH Developer Toolbar; Phoenix is Firebird

    Chris Casciano (of the famed Daily CSS Fun redesigns) has released on the most useful Mozilla toolbars I’ve yet encountered: the PNH Developer Toolbar. Not only does it offer direct links to the W3C’s key Web recommendations (as well as a number of test suites and some Mozilla tools), it also has some hand bookmarklet-like tools. Among my favs: “Disable Styles,” “Apply External Styles,” “Show Window Size,” and “View Source” (which opens it in a new tab).

  11. Opera 7.10 and Safari beta 2 released

    Two new browser releases: Opera 7.10 (featuring a fast-forward and rewind feature I just don’t get and a Linux build) and Safari beta 2 (featuring tabs and more)

  12. CSS support charts back

  13. Interviewed on warblogging; blocking spam

    Anna Czerny interviewed me for a small feature on blogs and the war for this year’s last issue of one of my alma mater’s newspapers. First time in a while I’ve been interviewed, and I forgot how easily details can be erroneously simplified (e.g., the origins of warblogging). But that just show’s the advantages of this medium in that I, as an interview subject, can use it to clarify any points I choose. Despite that minor quibble and my questionable grammar, it is a good overview (then again, I’m likely biased as I’m quoted liberally).

  14. April 8, 2003

    Fixed the permalinks for Living Can Kill You entries

  15. PPK’s busy; Mozilla as a Web development tool; weak Webby’s

    Seems Peter-Paul Koch has been busy doing something I haven’t been doing lately: writing in-depth articles about Web design issues. His latest is about JavaScript and accessibility — a mysterious world with little known about it. His piece is an overview, for sure, but a good one that happens to reinforces some of the answers I gave to a reader about the accessibility of my navigation menu.

  16. Flush borders with Netscape 4; Nando Times closes

    I think I’ve found a solution to a problem that’s been bugging me for a long time: adding a border flush with the background in Netscape 4.x. Although it requires an extra element, it’s worth it:

  17. April 4, 2003

    Added a new column about the site’s impending redesign

  18. WebStandards.TO meets; JavaScript optimization tricks

    Tara Cleveland’s got details (and pics) on the first 'WebStandards.TO meet up. Not a bad turn-out given the ice storm hitting the city.

  19. Inaugural Webstandards.TO

    David Elfstrom pointed me to a Canadian all-CSS site: the Queen’s Journal. Nice simple design, even though it doesn’t validate and has an obscenely long pulldown menu that actually causes the server to time-out (check the source).

  20. Cleaning house

    Moving to the server-side means lightening the client-side.

  21. Champeon interviewed; Mozilla 1.4a released amongst big changes

    A massive (six-page) interview with Steve Champeon on just about everything is now available on the Meet the Makers site. Great insight into the worlds of both Champeon and the Web development community.

  22. April Fool’s snow; Toronto myth-conceptions

    Nothing more frustrating than seeing a mistake, having the fix ready, but not being able to implement it.

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