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May 2004’s Posts.

  1. Catching-up with the news

    In the weeks since I’ve posted anything substantial here, it seems almost every notable blog has redesigned. (Where’s this one’s? Still sitting, unfinished on a test server.) There’s also been an election called in Canada, and a number of interesting developments in the news world. With my dad’s recovery progressing quite nicely, it’s about time to kick this blog back into gear and start covering these events.

  2. Purple numbers

    Joe Clark famously did it when moving his incredible book, Building Accessible Websites online, and Eugene Eric Kim made them visible with “Purple.” Chris Dent turned Tim Bray onto them, and, in turn, Simon Willison made the technique dynamic while improving it visually. The purple numbers idea makes Joe’s work usable and will most likely be seen on the new version of this site

  3. Wha’ happened?

    Although part of the reason for the extended quiet here was due to the Digital Web Magazine redesign I was involved in, it mostly had to do with my dad’s unexpected, but much welcomed, transplant surgery. As he recovers — which he is doing quite nicely — we’re keep a blog-record of it to keep people informed (to visit, enter www.saila.com/ and then his first name, in lowercase). Ironically that blog will be pushing this blog to finally repair it’s comment system.

  4. Thomson eyes the Globe while Shafer eyes e-editions

    I was going to blog about the Thomson’s renewed interest in The Globe and Mail yesterday along with the other newspaper stories, but rumours of the sale of the paper have been swirling since Mr. Monty left the scene. However, combined with the announcement the sale of BCE’s e-commerce company and the improved financial performance of Bell Globemedia, maybe the Globe really will have a new owner.

  5. New designs for the Walrus and the W3C validator

    The Walrus almost managed to turn an oops into a marketing ploy when one of its newsletters yesterday pointed readers to the development site. After realizing what happened the magazine quickly sent out an explanation (in fact, it was sent twice):

  6. Wire evolution

    Newspapers and portals have traditionally swallowed the wire copy whole, allow design to overwhelm the origin of content. Increasingly though, those stories are becoming commodities, and that threatens the wires’ business model. Mark Glaser explains how the industry is reacting to these changes

  7. Blogging the CAJ national conference

    David Akin is blogging the CAJ national conference in Vancouver this weekend, covering sessions he’s leading and attending. There are already posts on Kirk Lapointe and obligatory blogging and journalism session

  8. Labour woes at Toronto’s newspapers

  9. RSS review

    Push is back, and I don’t know what to make of it this time around. As it begins to reach mainstream penetration, I can’t help wondering whether it will suffer the same bandwidth waste that killed it the first time around (although solutions are being sought). Nevertheless, the kids like it, and J.D. Lasica reviews some of the popular aggregator. For what it’s worth, I just installed the RSS Reader Panel extension for Firefox encourages me to read the updated posts on the original Web site

  10. WebStandards.TO May meet

    WebStandards.TO meets tonight at the Rhino in a symbolic effort to embrace Flash (the Rhino is home to Toronto’s Flash developers group); come by after 7 p.m

  11. Newsworld Gore’d

    As speculated, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore has bought Newsworld, the international network once owned by the CBC. Although the Mother Corp. will continue to provide the content, the purchase continues the politicalization of the American broadcast media. Like the country itself, it seems the U.S. media is splitting along so-called left and right lines (or liberal-conservative, or Democratic-Republican) with the common ground held, surprisingly, by the Big Three plus CNN

  12. Nielsen’s visited links

    Guru Nielsen has already received well-argued flak over his latest column on visited-link colours, but don’t dismiss it outright; there’s a kernel of truth to be found there. Normal users do rely on links changing state once visited, especially in non-navigational elements (such as the content of a page) — I’ve seen the email to prove it

  13. Nonsensical note

    Sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn’t; either way, let it go

  14. World Press Freedom Day

    Today is World Press Freedom Day, and there’s no doubt why this is needed

  15. National Magazine Award finalists

    The National Magazine Award finalists have been announced, and once again, Toronto Life leads the pack with 25 nominations. The Walrus is seventh, with 11 nominations, well behind Toro (17), and just ahead of Maclean’s with its meagre eight nominations (as a point of comparison, its French sister, L’actualité is second with 23 nominations)

  16. Geeks anniversaries

    A couple of anniversaries that helped shape a generation or two of geeks: BASIC is 40, and Space Invaders is 25

  17. Three-hundred images from 1,800 sites

    What icons do nearly two-thousand sites use to represent seven common elements? Find out at 300 Images From 1800 Sites

  18. Zeldman’s spring

    Zeldman urges everyone to feel the “spring” in their step with his all-green redesign

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