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July 2004’s Posts.

  1. Condensed Glossary of Internet Terminology

    A glossary of words, phrases, and jargon related to the the Internet as a whole.

  2. The value of a protest

    Responding to another writer’s complaints against public protests.

  3. Willingness to get personalized

    A “personalization technology platform provider” recently surveyed some Americans and found that a large majority wanted personalized content online. Not surprisingly, their desire dropped when asked if they’d be willing to supply information about their preferences. When asked about supplying demographic data, interest dropped even more.

  4. Resurrection

    Webmonkey, like the Netscape browser, looks to be back from the dead. I happened to hit the site today and noticed it was on the “wired.com” domain instead of a directory of “hotwired.lycos.com”. Plus there’s this note: “We’re totally back! Webmonkey is alive and kicking, serving up new articles all hot-n-fresh like a stack of banana pancakes. With syrup.” The site will has been publishing new articles every other Friday since the beginning of July:

  5. No consensus on design survey

    François Briatte did a survey. What he discovered is that key [W]eb sites agree on implicit, internalized layout and design norms. In a flurry of coincidental posts, the staff at webgraphics post three different views. The survey, variously:

  6. Registration pro: FT; registration con: Newsbot

    Registration is a buzzworthy topic these days, and I’ve just written a longer piece offering evidence for and against it.

  7. Get off the table

    Doug Bowman, after learning how many Web designers don’t use tables for layout, urges people to throw tables out the proverbial window. To bolster his case, he use the microsoft.com homepage to demonstrate the savings that can be achieved.

  8. WAT the?

    Just as the buts had begin to settle after Matthew Somerville–Odeon conflict, IBM releases a tool that converts normal Web sites automagically into accessible ones. The Web Adaptation Technology is a non-specific-site extension that is currently available only to a select audience, but it may inspire others to release a similar tool via open source

  9. Making space

    The latest issue of Usability News has two studies on the use of white space.

  10. Selling Slate

    Is Microsoft retrenching? Rumour has it that the company wants to sell Slate, possibly to the New York Times or the Washington Post

  11. Ironically, it bugs me not

    In a delicious blend of irony and self-protection, BugMeNot requires registration for people who “are an employee, partner, affiliate or legal representative of any site which enforces compulsory user registration.” The form itself is model registration form

  12. Blogging success may endanger the indie Web

    Thanks to the American political conventions’ decision to accredit some bloggers (which in turn was helped by a leadership campaign by Dean Edwards), the mainstream media (and the Internet Explorer development team) has finally accepted the format. (The media also seem to recognize blogging will force them to improve the online efforts.) Although pundits might herald CNN’s partnership with Technorati, the network’s founder offers a warning. Ted Turner wrote a lengthy article in Washington Monthly decrying how big media. The article argues the consideration has crushed independent voices in the broadcast world, and although the online world still seems free, we’d be wise to watch for similar indicators.

  13. Securing registration

    Another note on registration: DeWayne Lehman mentioned on online-news, in a detailed post, the extreme weakness of most registration systems. Few newspaper sites do the following:

  14. The W3C’s XHTML FAQ

    Ever wonder: what’s the deal with XHTML? Now you can find out thanks to the W3C’s YABA-compatiable HTML and XHTML FAQ. Once you’ve digested, that enjoy the brand new draft for XHTML 2.0

  15. Viola not prior art for Eolas patent

    One of the big arguments against the Eolas patent (the one potentially costing Microsoft US$560 bmillion and Web developers a lot of headaches) was the existence of prior art in the form of the pre-Mosaic Viola browser (ironically developed at UC Berkeley)

  16. Fixing the All Music Guide

    The buzz around the Web standards community last week was the awful All Music Guide redesign which exclusively targetted IE 5.5 and higher on Windows and used a mess of JavaScript. To help fix things, Adrian Holovaty has built a AMG-specific Firefox extension that brilliantly undoes much of the damage; his colleague, Simon Willison riffs on the idea of such site-specific extensions.

  17. Clark on the Star on Firefox

    Joe Clark dissects Richard Morochove’s Toronto Star column on alternatives to IE (which was teased with the Firefox logo on the @Biz front page). Joe’s piece is an erudite example of Firefox’ latest “grassroots” marketing initiative: talking back to the press.

  18. Browser support for the saila layout

    A chart detailing browser support for the saila.com tableless, CSS-based, liquid, three-column layout.

  19. Redesigns on a theme

    Two new redesigns showcase some interesting features, and point to a larger trend.

  20. Registering your voice

    As more and more new sites move toward registration, who really benefits?

  21. Adding value to registration

    A passionate thread within the online-news list has encouraged two co-workers to post their well-informed responses on their personal sites. Adrian Holovaty talks about how registration isn’t adding value and Simon Willison explains why BugMeNot is not the bad guy. (I’ve also thrown my somewhat restricted thoughts on this inevitable trend online.)

  22. Browser Wars II: an overview

    The Guardian has published an extremely well-written overview of the new browser wars. Although the piece is targetted at a mainstream audience, but is comprehensive enough to provide a summary to those Web designers not up on the latest shenanigans (Firefox, Longhorn, Dashboard, WHATWG, etc.)

  23. The new Web design gurus

    What did I say about lists? Anyway, here are two visions of the top minds in the Web design world right now. The first, selected by Eric Meyer’s readers, are those CSS experts whose writings people would most like to read in a book. The second is actually two “top Web-design blogger for 2004 (so far)” lists (one from Digital Web Magazine and one from Scrivs).

  24. WebStandards.TO July meeting

    WebStandards.TO meets tonight at Spring Rolls at the Atrium on Bay around 7 p.m

  25. Mutli-columns with Mozilla

    One of my most desired CSS features is coming to a browser near you — Robert O’Callahan has checked a patch into Mozilla that implements the three-year-old CSS3 multi-columns working draft.

  26. More on Dashboard

    The Dashboard fallout continues across the Web. Mike Davidson nicely echoes my own initial feelings (“get further by getting along”), but Ian Hickson forced me to do a rethink (“a new DTD does not magically make you standards compliant”)

  27. Time-sharing and terminals back in vogue

    HP steps into Apple territory (again) by offering computers to schools. The difference is these computers are for African schools and are designed to save the schools up to 60 percent of their computer costs. It manages this by harkening back to the early days of computing: one CPU can be used by four people. There are no plans — for now — to make the HP Multi-user 441, though

  28. Mozilla not perfect!

    So, Mozilla had a security flaw — the browser’s not perfect after all. However, unlike some browsers, the patch was made within four-and-a-half hours. Eleven hours later, the vulnerability was reported and the codebase was fixed. Less than 24 hours later, updated versions of (or patches for) Mozilla’s software was available. (The timeline is summarized from sacarny’s own work.)

  29. Lists for Web geeks (and some Dashboard, too)

    Lists, like questionnaires, seem destined to be perfect blog food, so here’s a double dose for those Web designers out there:

  30. Saving BBC Online

    Although some British Internet companies are happy about reducing BBC Online’s presence, many in that country’s online media industry are not as pieces in the Guardian and Digital Media Europe indicate. I wonder if the BBC is still a bit timid after the suicide of Dr. David Kelly.

  31. Comments re-enabled

    With this entry I give thee comments… (Which are still in beta, bugs can be sent via the feedback form.)

  32. New IE5/Mac filter

    Doug Bowman tapped Tantek Çelik’s brain and out emerged the IE5/Mac Band Pass Filter. The result causes the former to eulogize the browser the latter helped build

  33. Big BBC Online cuts

    A few weeks ago, when talking with someone who worked at the BBC Online, I was stunned to learn the massive scale of its operation. Now the government is ordering the broadcaster to shut down some of those reported 20,000 Web sites. The BBC is shutting five down, and is promising to limit its online budget to about �21-million-a-year, down from a �73 million this year. A cut that size will have a dramatic affect on the services offered by BBC Online, but still leaves them with an budget many Canadian sites would envy.

  34. Registering the Star

    As promised, the Toronto Star is encouraging its users to register — in method sadly reminiscent of another paper’s attempts

  35. Freeing the GIF in Canada

    Finally, the GIF is patent-free in Canada

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