September 30, 2003
I’ve added three new sites to my blogroll: Lars Holst’s, dionidium.com, and Anne van Kestere’s Weblog about Markup & Style. (I also removed a few stale sites…) Also, offsite links now open in the current browser window as opposed to a pop-up
Definitive essay on abbreviations; online news initiatives
Lars Holst has written what may be the definitive essay on the use of abbr and acronym. The well-researched piece concludes:
The Walrus launches, the Red Herring relaunches; Google News creator
The Walrus has launched (look for a longer rant on this, probably later today) — haven’t seen a copy yet, but I have subscribed — and the buzz is good.
Cutting the new media fund; best bloggin practices; Opera 7.20 out; P2P to the rescue;
As if the new media industry (when does it — i.e., the Internet, interactive television, wireless devices — stop being “new media”) isn’t hurting enough, the CRTC has a made a seemingly inconsequential ruling that will cut 40 percent from the fund that capitalizes many projects for Canada’s small digital media shops.
The case for standards; more on Eolas; newspapers tackle the future
A year or so ago, before big sites began embracing CSS-based layouts a group called MACCAWS formed to push the commercial case for Web standards. Although its efforts have yet to be released, Jeffrey Veen has written an excellent argument supporting the idea.
CanWest embraces registration
This should be interesting: in an effort to stem the losses from the National Post, the brain trust at CanWest Global is moving to a “a paid subscription model in November for the online versions of its [eleven] newspapers” now found on canada.com.
Dropping “AOL”; ROB loves PKP; analysis of market analysis
Is convergence dead or not? Even as AOL Time Warner drops the “AOL” from its name, the business press are fawning over PKP and the converged Quebecor Media’s IPO.
System styles; stopping mega media mergers
A discussion on evolt’s thelist reverting forms to the system style introduced me to Jeff Howden’s chart of User-Defined Colors, Fonts, & Cursors. As I mentioned in a subsequent post, although system colours will be deprecated in CSS3 a new property called appearance will be introduced which allows, with one value, the author to specify the users default system’s “color, font, background, padding, border, and margin.” Also some of the values in Jeff’s table only IE6 currently supports have made their way into this draft (specifically the values in font and cursor).
News.com does CSS; CSS 2.1, and Paged Media module drafts
News.com has followed Wired News’s lead and switched to a CSS-based layout. Although the mark-up doesn’t validate, it does seem to be semantically organized. A few people, however, have reported the design chokes when displayed in IE 5.x on the Macintosh and Windows.
CSS filter results; screen readers study
Thanks to those who tested the CSS filters I posted here a couple of weeks ago, my initial tests are now confirmed.
Sobig.F; Listamatic; Coupland interviewed, Gatenby resigns; Darwinian Poetry; BBC revolution
After returning from a week away, I find my Yahoo email has been (and is being) hammered by Sobig.F (given how the address is used, I think a Canadian journalist might have been patient zero for this outbreak). Although my anti-virus software and Mozilla prevented any damage, it has meant a delay in responding to genuine emails, so apologies if you haven’t yet received a reply.
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