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October 2003’s Posts.

  1. XAML implications; resting Rainmain

    Chris Kaminski (through the WaSP’s Buzz blog) has posted a thorough overview of XAML and its implications, including a bit about the W3C’s “response”: SVG 1.2’s Rendering Custom Content.

  2. QuirksMode; opposing Eolas

    Note: when streetcar tracks are wet and you are passing over them on a diagonal on a fast-moving bicycle, do so carefully.

  3. XAML is real;

    XAML is real, is pronounced zamel, and is “the language used to declaratively render the user interface of the pages that make up the application” within Longhorn. (The presentation subsystem XAML accesses is dubbed “Avalon,” the UI, “Aero.”) From an article on MSDN, here’s the simplest XAML-based file you can write:

  4. Craig Saila (Short Bio)

    Craig Saila specializes in online news media with a unique focus on creating engaging user experiences for web apps and content-rich sites; for more than a decade, he has led teams designing and developing for North America’s leading news sites

  5. Absolute positioning with ems

  6. Highlight Selected Radio Button

  7. Centred box that has a 100% height

  8. Pure CSS Text Rollover

  9. Set Height

  10. Safari 1.1 released; more XAML; BMO redesigns; Gore and the CBC

    Thanks to Simon for picking up on the news about Safari 1.1 — a release I’d yet to hear about — and the fact that it is starting to support XUL (as well as opacity, through -khtml-opacity).

  11. Microsoft’s XUL: XAML

    Coming out from under a pile of work to alert you about XAML (which as of this moment only pulls hits from Google on the “Transaction Authority Markup Language” — not the rumoured new language from Microsoft). Eric Meyer echoes exactly my grave concerns about this.

  12. New Mozilla site, browsers, and mail client; Web design practices

    Dave Shea has redesigned the Mozilla site in a gorgeous CSS treatment. There are some minor problems in IE 5.5 and Opera 7.x, but overall it’s a great example of how progressive enhancement can improve design (try rolling over the sell boxes on the right). Nice touch: headlines become standalone boxes on roll-over.

  13. OJA nominees; Floatutorial; Sympatico brought to its knees

    The American government seems to have found a clever way around the freedom of the press: treat online journalists as ISPs.

  14. CanWest’s subscriptions; new WebDesign-L policies; interviewing Clark

    CanWest has unveiled its some details about its subscriptions for canada.com, although there’s no obvious mention of the changes on the site. The news portal will become a pay-to-view site next Monday, with four planned levels:

  15. Irrelevant news

    Today’s editorial in the Aspen Daily News accurately sums up my feelings on the mass coverage of an American sexual assault trial is receiving in North America. Ever since a football star was caught in a slow-speed highway chase seven years ago, this kind of mob journalism has grown out of control.

  16. Boston.com redesigns; how things work

    In the new Boston.com redesign you’ll notice one thing missing: a left-side navigation bar. The new look is cohesive — as both the homepage and story pages share the same look-and-feel — and may single a mainstream trend. Many independent sites have already abadoned the left-side navigation (thanks in part to blogging templates), and more commercial sites may be headed in that direction to accomdate the “big box” that eat up too much screen width.

  17. In-browser XHTML editor; testing CSS designs; ALA redesigns; Postman has died

    A Toronto-based company called Belus Technology has developed an ActiveX-based WYSIWYG editor that produces valid CSS and XHTML 1.1 content. After a quick demo run, it looks to be good in-browser editor, and an excellent replacement for the typical mark-up produced by contentEditable interfaces. It could also be a solution to the problem Tom Gilder raised yesterday.

  18. Eolas forces IE update; HTMLDog; Izzy Asper has died

    Eolas has forced Microsoft to release an new version of Internet Explorer that causes an alert box to appear whenever a plug-in loads on a page. To get around it, Microsoft is suggesting developers add a proprietary attribute to object or write the entire object to the page using JavaScript.

  19. Asper v. MacDonald; calling VeriSign’s bluff; future of email

    Still more on Asper v. MacDonald, via the Toronto Star media column by Antonia Zerbisias and a press release from Leonard Asper about the aforementioned Canadian Press article.

  20. More fallout from Asper’s speech

    The debate over Leonard Asper’s speech has continued on the Canadian Association of Journalists’s mailing list (much of it focusing on the use of an ellipsis), and in the op-ed and letters to the editor pages of The Globe and Mail (no doubt relishing a chance to criticize its competitor’s owner.

  21. Aspers’ hobby horse

    An unsanctioned attempt to make Mozilla’s Web site support standards, has devolved into a sadly typical debate. A new, sanctioned, design should be appear in a couple of weeks (probably along with Mozilla 1.5, Firebird 0.7, and Thunderbird 0.3).

  22. Election day in Ontario

    It’s election day here in the fine province of Ontario; if you are a resident, please get out and vote. Maybe, just maybe, the new government won’t be as callous as the last.

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