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  1. The year that was

    A decade ago, the Web was in a boom that would lead to a bubble — now, it’s in a boom that will lead to…

  2. Netscape dead again

    February 1, 2008 marks the end of AOL's support for the Netscape browser.

  3. T-5 Days

    We’ve done the holiday tours, and the packers are here now, boxing up the last remnants of our stuff which will follow us into Seattle a few days after we land on January 2.

  4. CBC.ca calls for original online content

    The call for freelance online projects is rare, but to bulk about its resources, CBC.ca has put out a call for some pitches.

  5. CSS Working Group proposals

    Ideas on reforming the W3C's CSS standardization process, from Andy Clarke. Agree or not, this is a huge issue that needs to be discussed.

  6. Donation seeking non-profits in Toronto

    The City of Toronto has a huge list of non-profit agencies accepting donations of computer equipment, clothing, and books.

  7. Shrink your code

    Four ways to help reduce the size of the files delivered from your site.

  8. Google Chart API

    Simple URL-based schema renders complex charts for up to 50,000 views a day.

  9. Disposable fuel cells by Bic?

    Forget recharging batteries, Bic wants to develop a replaceable fuel cell that can power a cell phone for weeks.

  10. Creating sexy stylesheets

    It may not be sexy, but Jina Bolton's advice one building a stable CSS suite is worth following.

  11. Most reads feeds more reads

    The globeandmail.com now offers newsfeeds for its most read and recommended articles -- expect the best (content).

  12. Molly vs. Bill G. on IE8

    Molly wonders why Microsoft is being so tight-lipped about IE 8, and Bill promises to look into it.

  13. Canoe.tv and CBC

    Quebecor leverages CBC content to prop up its "interactive" TV attempts. Ahh, the minds hired by PPK shine so bright...

  14. HTML 5 preview

    Finally, a decent overview of the next step in the Web's core language.

  15. T-1 month

    Today marks the first day of our last month in Toronto, the first day we are not working, and the night of our Toronto send-off. It also happens to be snowing in Seattle and freezing in Toronto, alas, at least the loonie’s fallen back to par with the greenback…

  16. Google can't code

    "The half-assed HTML these guys grew up with between D&D sessions in suburban basements is considered good enough," Joe Clark writes.

  17. Get rid of text-resizing widgets

    Accessibility expert Joe Clark explains why those tools (and, I'd add, others duplicating browser functions) are pointless.

  18. Pre-Seattle FAQ

    So as the preparations for Seattle get underway, and we pack in the visits with friends, a few common questions are emerging. What better way to address the most common ones than a trusty old FAQ.

  19. National Post redesign's site

    The new look is an tremendous improvement over the previous design, and not offers comments and widgets.

  20. The economics of online news

    Some interesting thoughts about the business of online news from the media owners themselves.

  21. Globe Docs: Raven and Jason

    Wow, this compelling documentary (and the others available) shows The Globe and Mail doesn't just print words on pulp.

  22. Optimal site width

    A comprehensive survey of browsing habits suggests more than 80% of people browse at a browser width of 1000 pixels.

  23. Guardian and NYTimes fight for top slot

    Guardian Unlimited squeaked by the nytimes.com to be the top newspaper site in the world.

  24. Firefox 3 new user interface

    Alex Faaborg, member of the Firefox UI team, goes into great and interesting detail about the thinking for the browsers new interface.

  25. Text selection improvements in Firefox 3

    Selecting (and copying) separate chunks of text at once.

  26. Canadian online ad growth to slow

    Online ad spending will triple its 2006 value by 2011 in Canada, but year-over-year growth will steadily slow.

  27. Digg the Candidates

    Digg applies its unique approach to covering the U.S. presidential candidates.

  28. Jeremey Keith on Web design

    Another take on the current tension with the Web design community (of which Zeldman's essay is an antidote).

  29. Breaking news twittered

    Covering big breaking news via Twitter may be more effective than email/SMS blasts.

  30. Responding to colour profiles

    Apparently Safari is the only non-beta browser (Firefox 3 will) to correctly support a wide gamut of colour profiles online.

  31. Zeldman on Web design

    In fine form, Mr Z. defines Web design a definition so apt, it will become the new standard.

  32. Freelancing calculator

    Struggling to figure out what to charge? This tool may help.

  33. Amazon's Kindle

    The new e-reader tremendously improves on other similar offerings, but the interface and display will still disappoint most people.

  34. Canadian wireless prices becoming rational

    In less than five months, the 1GB plan for most carriers has dropped in price by more than $2200, but still nearly double U.S. pricing.

  35. An Overview of the Best Practices

    Looking at the key best practices emerging in the Web design industry.

  36. Toronto's light sabre battle

    Two-thousand come out to have a Friday night light sabre fight in front of the Royal Ontario Museum

  37. Canada legally recognizes "responsible journalism"

    Essentially, there is a new defense for lawsuits arising from the publication of a well-researched story in the public interest.

  38. RSS readers visit more often

    Fairly obvious conclusion, but worth saving for evidence when needed.

  39. Top 100 indie rock albums

    As chosen by Blender and commented on by Stereogum

  40. Clark's Law

    Joe Clark: "The more expensive an online system is, the worse its output is."

  41. Seven rules of unobtrusive JavaScript

    Excellent advice for developing JavaScript in a progressive enhancement way.

  42. The new CSS handheld format

    Okay not new, but as mentioned in this article, CSS3's media queries are being quickly adopted.

  43. Thank Hotwired, Saila suggests

    Although my first thought was to Twitter this (apparently the frequency for which I do that is starting to make cats salivate), but it deserved more than 140 characters. That being said, had it been a little tweet it would have said this:

  44. Citizen journalism bares witness

    The video of Tasering of Robert Dziekanski is a demonstration of how effective citizen journalism can be.

  45. Safari 3 enhancements

    Detailing ten new things in the version of Webkit powering Safari 3

  46. Safari 3 comes to Tiger

    Now Mac OS 10.4 users will enjoy a greatly enhanced browser.

  47. Death knell for online subscriptions

    With WSJ.com and FT.com going free, selling news online as a business model has been (wrongly, in my mind) killed.

  48. Smells like Seattle

    Almost exactly five months ago , I started my first major foray into the world of self-employment and began working with a series of exceptional clients to develop web applications and advise about online strategy. The quality, and quantity, of work surprised me, and I savoured every moment of it.

  49. The best minds of my generation...

    A version of the AP's obituary for Norman Mailer (at The Globe and Mail) mangles the spelling of Allen Ginsberg's name.

  50. Agile journalism

    Mathew Ingram explains how journalism can learn from the agile approach to Web development.

  51. The new MSNBC.com

    One of the biggest, and oldest, online news sites in the U.S. launches its redesign

  52. Microsoft licensed Eolas technology

    Internet Explorer will once again be able to run plug-ins without requiring the user to "click to activate"

  53. MSNBC.com does an alpha

    A blog from the development/design team at MSNBC.com. Watch this space.

  54. Ed Greenspon on direction of The Globe and Mail

    The editor talks about the new design changes and the goals the company has for the newspaper and Web site.

  55. Home computer sales dropping

    ...in Japan, which could signal a future North American trend (assuming the mobile space gets worked out).

  56. Security risk in online ads

    Tucson Newspapers detected banner ads that, surreptitiously, tries to install spyware on a readers computer.

  57. Prism builds for Mac & Linux

    As the title says the Mozilla attempt to bring the Web to the desktop is now available on non-Windows programs.

  58. CSS animation

    Another non-standard extension makes its way into WebKit. Nice, but this is feeling like '97 again.

  59. SimplePie RSS

    A great PHP plug-in that can parse RSS feeds for CodeIdniter among others.

  60. Mozilla Labs announces Prism

    Toolkit allows Web pages to become desktop applications, without relying on proprietary languages.

  61. Bell backing out of IPTV

    The phone company once again delays its Internet Protocol TV roll-out causing some to wonder whether it well happen at all.

  62. Processing the Ontario election

    Patrick Dinnen builds a compelling visualization of the 2003 election results.

  63. Sustainable green Web hosting

    The San Fransisco company offers 100% carbon neutral Web hosting service.

  64. Simple CSS drop shadows, revisited

    With improved support for complex scripting and CSS, simple CSS drop shadows are even easier to do.

  65. Canadian iPhone for January 2008?

    A Molson Export marketing campaign seems to suggest that but everyone involved is denying it.

  66. Guardian America's voice

    Inigo Thomas introduces Guardian's new American Web site be explaining why its style and writing voice will not be "Americanized"

  67. LATimes.com tracking fires on Google Maps

    Smart, simple way to use Google Maps in breaking news without any developer requests needed.

  68. Mozilla shows some strong numbers

    Revenues increased 25% to $66,840,850 on $19,776,193 in expenses for 2006. Remember this is a non-profit pushing open-source technology.

  69. Nielsen says don't avoid passive writing

    Realizing the positively ironic nature of the headline amuses me.

  70. Parsing the case for online subscriptions

    Mathew Ingram reality-checks a study by Matthew Gentzkow that essentially says the making news free online costs millions in lost revenue.

  71. Making a successful news site

    Jay Rosen lays out yet more ideas for making a solid online news site.

  72. Don't click here

    A blog for marketing uses sketchy data and test to justify the worth of "click here".

  73. Humanized messages

    While watching the Leopard preview, I thought about doing something like this tool JavaScript-based prompts and notices.

  74. The new Newsweek

    The redesign of newsweek.com is one of the first mainstream sites I've seen to smartly incorporate Web 2.0 functionality.

  75. CSS Snapshot

    W3C says CSS "standard" enccompasses CSS 2.1, CSS 3 Selectors and Colors, and the CSS Namespaces.

  76. Handicapping the TTC.ca contract

    Joe Clark, undoubtedly the most qualified and informed evaluator of the TTC.ca Web site proposals rates the hopeful firms.

  77. ONA 2007 Winners

    Gala event sees the Toronto Star win one online journalism award for Canada.

  78. Online journalism still needs to learn

    Day two of the Online News Association’s conference has had, at least for me a much more engaging set of panels and conversations, starting with Holovaty’s through to integrating interactives into the site (which featured a tremendously strong panel). The day closes with what is dubbed the “Superpanel;” after is the ONA awards.

  79. Holovaty at the ONA conference

    Adrian Holovaty started the day with his session on evangelizing reporting and making data in news articles available for machine parsing (as evidenced in ChicagoCrimes.org). Although I arrived late (something about the Queen St. streetcar trying being diverged, and partly a result of a late night hunt to find a Gypsy jazz band and a Yahoo party), I’ve seen his talk on this before (and he is a good speaker), but it is heartening to see that it was incredibly well attended.

  80. Midday at ONA, Day 1

    So far, Toronto Hydro is failing me, hotel rates are too high, but I do have a recharged laptop (I still can’t believe there’s no free WiFi at an online journalism conference). Thankfully, I’ve been able to catch-up with a lot of people, some of which live in my city, or I’ve just met. And that was one of my hopes in attending this conference.

  81. ONA conference starts

    Arriving for an early start at the Online News Association’s conference here in Toronto, and I have, so far, have run into colleagues I’ve worked with, might have worked with, and could be working with. Apparently the rare, and heavy Toronto fog has closed the airport, preventing some from arriving, but still it is quite packed.

  82. Paywall lift boosts NYTimes.com's pageviews

    Reportedly, less than a month after lifting the paywall on its op-ed section, pageviews doubled.

  83. NYTimes.com open source

    NYTimes.com is starting to release some of its code for the public to play with. Setting a brave new standard.

  84. Beta, baby

    The new design is finally unveiled in a non-Web 2.0 beta.

  85. Print circulation now will count regular online traffic

    This may be another reason why the NYTimes.com dropped its paid circulation service.

  86. Panel on the future of news

    CBC, as a precursor to the Online News Association's conference, is hosting a panel discussion about the future of news.

  87. Interviews with "networked" journalists

    Sixty-two interviews with the attendees of the Networked Journalism Summit.

  88. Toronto Star stop PDF-based afternoon edition

    Apparently it wants concentrate more on its Web and mobile presence. There's something wrong with that equation/

  89. Web Directions North 2008 line-up announced

    Amazing line-up for one of North America's best Web conferences.

  90. Wal-Mart bigger than Manhattan

    The combined area of Wal-Mart's stores take up more space on Earth than the island of Manhattan.

  91. Mobile Firefox

    Effectively, this kills the Minimo project and promises to bring the Firefox spirit to mobile browsing.

  92. Ontarians: Get your (2007) vote on

    Election day comes to Ontario and the parties are dull, but the referendum on proportional representation offers hope.

  93. CSS3's grid module

    This would be what people are really looking for when making column-based layouts in CSS.

  94. Out of the ashes of the portal...

    ...comes the concept of a network of sites. I've seen it fail, but it does have promise.

  95. Local TV news threatened

    As media consolidation continues, CRTC may ignore the decline in local TV news.

  96. MSNBC buys Newsvine

    Being closer to this deal than I would have imagined doesn't prevent me from being surprised; but it does mean I think it will work well.

  97. BarCamp Canada

    On November 3rd, BarCampers from across Canada will descend on Montreal.

  98. IE7 comes to XP

    Whether its another admission Vista is doing poorly or not, it's a good thing for Web developers.

  99. Client-side load balancing counter-point

    Some thoughts against client-side load-balancing.

  100. Redesigning the Wall Street Journal

    Andy Rutledge tries to improve WSJ.com's mess of a homepage.

  101. Interface design for the mobile Web

    Lessons in interface design for mobile devices.

  102. Client-side load balancing

    Digital Web has a great new article on load balancing Web 2.0 apps.

  103. Making the popular vote count

    Ontario is holding a referendum on changing its election system to one of the best ways to reflect the popular vote: the mixed-member proportional (MMP) system.

  104. AIR Development Center

    Apps created in Adobe's new Web/desktop development platform is a good place to learn what it can do (and how).

  105. The pay wall "third way"

    FT.com is loosening its pay wall, and letting causal readers view 30 articles a month, for free.

  106. Secrets of Sidebar

    Sidebar Creative, the freelance co-op (a brilliant idea), talk to Digital Web about their process

  107. The history of Amazon-ian tabs

    A new design suggest Amazon might be going back to the past to tame its tabs.

  108. Sistr

    An early sIFR alternative using Silverlight.

  109. New York Times free again

    The New York Times is dropping its online paid-subscription plan two years after launching it (and four after The Globe and Mail launched the model The Times used). The spin is the online advertising boom change the rules of the game. However, advertising revenue would be a pittance compared to the potential revenue generated through annual subscriptions.

  110. The Times is free

    The New York Times drops is subscription model, and also makes early archives and those from the past decade free to the public.

  111. Good job posts

    When checking the times for (my first) DemoCamp tonight, I stumbled across the TorCamp job board. This is an excellent place for anyone looking to fill local Toronto jobs with potentially qualified people.

  112. Doing tabs right

    Thirteen guidelines on how to use tabbed navigation.

  113. Visual-O-Rama

    Poke the tires of Idée's amazing visual search tool (iPod for the bst 5 results).

  114. ONA 2007 finalists

    CanCon: Two nods for the Toronto Star's "Lost in Migration", one for the CBC's consumer reporting, and one for The Globe and Mail.

  115. The radiated book

    Eleven years before Vannevar Bush's seminal essay, Paul Otlet proposed any even more Web-like vision.

  116. Canada's venture capital crisis

    Mark Evans looks at why investment in Canadian start-ups is dangerously non-existent.

  117. Detecting WebKit script

    Don't do it. But if you really must find out which WebKit-based browser is visiting, here's a script for you.

  118. Le Monde goes 2.0

    France's Le Monde has launched an impressive Digg-style news service called "Le Post"

  119. The day the news first stopped

    When Princess Diana died, CBC experienced the same traffic surged many sites faced six-years ago today.

  120. Gone alpha

    Announcing the release of the alpha version of the long-delayed rebuild of saila.com

  121. Text as design misleading

    Sometimes, if important information is overly-designed, and poorly placed, it can get lost.

  122. Real-time journalism

    That this is considered an innovative idea still is shocking, nevertheless it should be repeated until real-time reporting is second-nature.

  123. Beautiful design critique

    A Brief Message aims to offer a design opinions in 200-words or less each presented on an "art-directed" Web page.

  124. Defining (HTML) semantics

    John Allsopp offers a comprehensive explanation of what semantic mark-up is and how it works.

  125. Twelve online news biz tips

    Twelve real lessons from online newspapers as editors reveal the successes and failures.

  126. Podcasting down, video up

    One of the topics I’ve been speaking about over the past year has been online news trends, and there’s a few recent pointers from The Editors Weblog that speak a bit more in-depth about two of my themes: video and podcasting.

  127. The death of A1

    Jack Shafer talks about how the inside pages of a newspaper are of more value now.

  128. Making online news forget

    Clive Thompson riffs on reputation management when it comes to online news.

  129. iPhone unlocked

    So will Rogers brings an official one to Canada or will we will Canucks need to hack it?

  130. Hockey Night in Canada streamed online

    The entire 85-game schedule is to be streamed online and will include pre/post-game shows.

  131. More electronic editions

    Electronic editions of newspaper serve no-one but the circulation figures (possible exception: those like NYTimes Reader)

  132. More electronic editions

    Electronic editions of newspaper serve no-one but the circulation figures (possible exception: those like NYTimes Reader)

  133. On the TTC redesign RFP

    Joe Clark analyzes the RFP, with a clarity and intelligence that shows why he deserves to be (but isn't) well paid.

  134. Globeandmail.com and GMaps

    The Globe and Mail is now embedding contextual GMap within articles.

  135. Gigapixel images in Firefox

    HD View plugin, which allow you to view super-high resolution images, is now available for Firefox

  136. JQuery for JavaScript coders

    Another excellent tutorial from Simon Willison, this time explaining the strengths of jQuery.

  137. Web-code syntax

    Code standardizing one's coding style improve the Web for the better?

  138. Setting up IMAP

    Mini-tutorial for setting up IMAP in Apple Mail

  139. Blueprint: a CSS framework

    More and less than a template, I think this concept could catch on.

  140. Stop the mobile browser war

    Eric Meyer urges everyone to resist designing mobile Web apps just for the iPhone.

  141. No more TimesSelect

    The New York Times is reported to be ending its online subscription service

  142. Arrival

    The switch to the new host has been, apparently, successful.

  143. Packing the bags

    The time has come, after ten years, to switch Web hosts.

  144. Monkey News

    Looks like the folks at Mozilla are looking to make scripting languages like JavaScript and Python a browser plug-in.

  145. Zunior.com

    The digital music store that, with its selection, prices, and DRM free music, puts iTunes to shame.

  146. CSS 2.1 a Candidate Recommendation

    Almost there, one more step and CSS 2.1 is official.

  147. Uniform Event Model

    Making Internet Explorer respect the W3C DOM3 Event recommendations.

  148. RIP: Checkers

    An Albertan computer professor has, after 18 years of computations, had proved checkers is impossible to win.

  149. More multi-touch from Apple

    A collection of multi-touch interfaces proposed by Apple over the years.

  150. Leaflets

    Blue Flavor creates a very clever iPhone gateway and templates for a number of Web apps.

  151. Introducing iUI

    Joe Hewitt explains a new AAjax framework for use in building native feeling iPhone Web apps.

  152. 2007 Polaris nominees

    An overview of the somewhat surprising (yet excellent) nominees for 2007's Polaris Music Prize.

  153. Wikipedia top information site

    Nearly 50 million unique visitors went to the site in May, according to Nielsen//NetRankings, ironically.

  154. Nielsen goes with time spent

    Online metrics to be measured by time spent, not page views, but same problems still apply.

  155. Write articles not blogs

    Jakob Nielsen offers some good advice on how to be an expert.

  156. purple-include

    An easy way include "of part of a document into another document by reference" using JavaScript

  157. CSS Redundancy Checker

    A Ruby-based tool that finds all the CSS selectors not used in the specified HTML files or URLs.

  158. StartupNorth

    A Canadian "TechCrunch" reviewing Canadian startups and hoping to build a community around them

  159. Toronto neighbourhood guides

    BlogTO releases its neighbourhood guides as for the offline visitor (map included!)

  160. Low Pro

    An extension to the JavaScript Prototype library offering some nice unobtrusive scripting additions.

  161. CBC Skypes

    Some shows have begun using Skype as an alternative to satellite video feeds

  162. CNN frees its video

    The formerly Premium Pipeline service is now free, and welcomes user-submitted video

  163. Google frees FeedBurner

    Pro version of feed tracker is now available as part of the free, base package

  164. Pownce!

    From some smart minds comes a very killer Web app.

  165. Mossberg & Pogue: iPhone not hype

    The two big American tech reviewers praise the iPhone (which passed the typing test) criticizing only the AT&T network

  166. Visual vocabulary for IA

    Includes templates for Visio, OmniGraffle, and OpenOffice

  167. Superhero entrepreneur trading

    Sunir Shah turns profiles of young Canadian tech entrepreneurs into a trading cards series

  168. CSS 3 features in Safari 3

    Some demos and explanation about which CSS3 features Safari supports (apparently, 2x as many as Firefox)

  169. WebKit does Firebug

    There's a new Web Inspector in the nightly builds of WebKit (Safari) that functions a lot like Firebug -- worth a look.

  170. Opera Mini 4 beta

    Mobile browser offers some impressive features, and can be installed on any mobile device

  171. IPhone browser specs

    Details for building iPhone-friendly Web pages say width is 480px; Web standards are best; and it's QuickTime, not Flash

  172. IPod-friendly NOW restaurant guide

    Ryan Feely and Jakub Labath created a portable version of Toronto restaurant reviews.

  173. Mark Bowden on journalism

    Journalists and author of "Black Hawk Down" offers some good ideas on where he thinks journalism should be going.

  174. CBC.ca undergoes massive redesign

    New site is cleaner, with lots of whitespace and a good effort to bring its disparate parts together.

  175. Facing EnergizeIT

    I thought I missed this event, but then I saw David Crow's presentation slides and to the right of WR is...

  176. Introducing WEDJE

    Or, “Widget Enabled DOM Javascript Embedding” for embedding little apps on third-party sites

  177. No iPhone for Canada yet

    Rogers and Apple seem to be in no rush to bring the latter's mobile device to Canada

  178. Why the iPhone will be expensive in Canada

    Dave Shea nails the problem with Web apps on mobile devices in Canada

  179. Joe Clark's presentation advice

    A number of great tips from a very experienced presenter.

  180. HTML Entity Character Lookup

    Web app and Dashboard widget for suggesting the right entity code based on the character inputted.

  181. Differences between HTML4 and HTML5

    Anne van Kesteren has created a draft list of the differences to be found in the new HTML proposal.

  182. Changing things up

    Just a quick post to let you know about some changes that have happened and will be happening.

  183. How to introduce new designs

    Jared Spool loves how Yahoo Finance encouraged its users to try its new charting services.

  184. Collection X

    AGO's online art gallery that encourages user submissions and social networking.

  185. Explode the homepage

    Jeff Jarvis on how to radically reinvent the news sites homepage.

  186. Realtime tracking of Dublin trains

    A Google Map mashup tracking Ireland's DART rail service

  187. ...Joe Clark retires

    The Web accessibility expert is done being an expert. We all owe Joe more than we will ever acknowledge.

  188. WCAG Samurai Errata published...

    The proposal is to be finalized in the coming weeks and uses WCAG 1.0 as a foundation.

  189. How to do local right

    Simon Willison explains how to make local news profitable.

  190. globeandmail.com homepage update

    The news sites homepage catches up with the business redesign of a few weeks ago and offers far more content.

  191. Next step: companies on Facebook

    Facebook may be opening up to allow companies to offer its services directly to Facebook users.

  192. When blogs move the market

    A nice overview on "Applegate" and a comment on how we all need to adjust to idea of blogging as journalism.

  193. Browsers and accessibility guidelines

    Patrick H. Lauke offers some thoughts on how the Web browsers themselves handle accessibility.

  194. Sue Gardner leaving CBC.ca

    Head of the public broadcaster's Web operations "had achieved what [she] wanted"

  195. Banner ads create good feelings

    Though click-through rates may be declining, the ads are excellent at improving brand awareness.

  196. Molly on online community

    A honest and insightful essay about online community, and what the JPG fallout really indicates.

  197. Preview Firefox 3.0 with forms widgets

    Developer release of what could be an official Firefox release with Mac OS X form controls.

  198. Microsoft eats Crow

    David Crow joins the company's Canada arm as a Senior User Experience Advisor.

  199. Snook supercharges

    Another redesign, and this time its Snook with a massive overhaul that is very impressive.

  200. D. Keith Robinson Reboots

    New look and direction all set on a nice grid.

  201. webtechnology

    Preview of My Telegraph

  202. Mix07 wrap-up

    Finally made it back to Toronto after a case of mistaken departure and a very bumpy takeoff.

  203. Plain Old Semantic HTML

    It's all about POSH

  204. Seeing the Web’s future

    Vegas may be the city you can gamble 24-7, but try to find a decent bar open in The Venetian after 11 p.m.…

  205. New development platforms

    Well, this has been eventful.

  206. The universal Web is hard to do

    Sitting in the keynote for the Mix07 conference, I got intrigued by some of the demos of Silverlight (which is one of the reasons I wanted to come to this). All throughout people like Ray Ozzie have been talking about how its is part of the “univeral web” and can run both on the Mac and other browsers. I happen to to be using a Mac hear (in fact David Crow has the only other that I've seen) and am using Firefox, so…

  207. Going to Vegas

    So, I am on my way to Mix 07 — leaving Toronto from the same place I did for WDN07, only difference, well, almost the only difference is that today it’s warm.

  208. Zerbisias on the new Globe

    Offers a summary of criticism, but ends on an up note.

  209. Coda

    What HomeSite coulda been, had HomeSite continued to be developed app, and done so for the Mac.

  210. The quasi-new globeandmail.com

    Bill Doskoch on the transitional design for the Web site timed to coincide with ReportonBusiness.com

  211. The new Globe and Mail

    Ironically, the new Web site is getting better props.

  212. Energy-saving colour palette

    Jon Doucette designed a Web colour palette that is designed to use as little energy to display on yr monitor as possible.

  213. Google AJAX Feed API

    Cross-domain RSS mash-ups made possible on the client-side. Where was this nine months ago?!

  214. WPF/E announced as Silverlight

    The new plug-in will operate like Flash and QuickTime with the hopes of taking some mind/marketshare from Apple and Adobe.

  215. CNMA 2007 Finalists

    Typical mix for Canada's new media awards

  216. Harper's redesigns with more meta data

    Simply, intuitive, brilliant. And Paul Ford explains why all the tables.

  217. Managing tasks

    Great article on handling and responding to "unforeseen projects or tasks that tend to come from nowhere"

  218. Combine and compress

    A technique to reduce HTTP requests by combining multiple CSS or JavaScript calls into one.

  219. HTML5 proposed to the W3C

    Apple, Mozilla, and Opera are proposing the WHATWG's HTML5 be the starting point for the W3C's new HTML

  220. It's what we call the news

    JibJab on the state of the news media.

  221. Toronto's new street "furniture"

    Joe Clark has extracted the renderings of the street furniture proposals and posted them on Flickr.

  222. EyeTrack07

    Finally: some hard data to counter the perception people only scane text while reading online.

  223. Worldmapper

    Redrawing the world according a range of economic and social measures

  224. CBC unleashes more podcasts

    Selections include Radio News, World at Six, The House and some podcast-specific offerings

  225. NADbank 2006 Readership Study

    Canada's newspaper readership in the top markets is stable, and more than 17 percent read an online edition.

  226. State of the (U.S.) news media in 2007

    Excellent overview of the journalism industry as it heads into 2007.

  227. How to save newspapers

    Doc Searls offers some smart advice for improving newspapers fortunes online

  228. Web apps outside the browser

    A comprehensive summary of Apollo (and WPF/E) and what it means for Web app developers.

  229. dotMobi Mobile Web Developers Guide

    Brian Fling's ebook on Web development for the mobile world is available as a free download.

  230. Dean Edwards' base2.DOM

    A JavaScript library that makes sure every browser does the DOM scripting the W3C way.

  231. CakePHP v. CodeIgnitor

    Snook does an excellent comparision of the two PHP-based MVCs

  232. Installed fonts

    As detected by CSS and JavaScript (this version has a nicer UI than the original)

  233. 24 killing the Sun?

    It looks like Quebecor's free, daily newspaper mortally is wounding it's paid-circulation tabloid.

  234. Management By Optimism

    This nails a nasty little trend I've been seeing quite frequently.

  235. Web-based project tools

    An overview of Web-based tools for planning, budgeting, and developing projects.

  236. Em Calculator

    Useful for any CSS developer looking to figure out what 0.625em actual is.

  237. W3C relaunches HTML

    First draft due this summer, final recommendation 2010. Expected adoption: 2015.

  238. Opera wants a VIDEO tag

    The browser vendor is proposing a new element for video in HTML5. What OBJECT doesn't work for you?!

  239. Browser Wars Episode II: Attack of the DOMs

    Three top guns from three top browsers talk DOM in this Yahoo Video.

  240. Reaction to the new USAToday.com

    Bout sums it up

  241. Newspapers have 25 years left

    More predictions on the death of the newspaper in the face of online news outlets

  242. MySpace for finance geeks

    Reuters plans on launching a social networking service

  243. Prototype/script.aculo.us TextMate bundle

    For all those TextMate users who do JavaScript work, this is for you.

  244. Mesh 2007 announced

    Canada's "Web 2.0" conference has just been announced for this year.

  245. Flash image replacements

    Use to rotate images, add drop shadows, and other effects simply.

  246. Newspapers better than TV for Web video

    The unbiased take on video may help newspapers beat television on the Web.

  247. The Machine is Us/ing Us

    Pretentious, possibly. Illustrative, definitely.

  248. Daily You

    Smart personalization with tags at Pegasus News

  249. The Complete New Yorker on a hard-drive

    Move from eight DVDs to one, fast hard-drive.

  250. The Mozilla Manifesto

    The Manifesto sets out a vision of the Internet as a piece of infrastructure that is open, accessible and enriches the lives of individual human beings.

  251. Comment on The Economist's letters to the editor

    How meta.

  252. Web Directions North, Wrap-up

    Right now, I’m wearing a sweater, inside a chilly room in snow-covered Toronto…

  253. Netscape 9 coming

    To be released on Windows, Macintosh and Linux, Netscape 9 will be built by Netscape and based on Firefox.

  254. Cancel WCAG 2.0

    Joe Clark's open letter to the W3C asking it to cancel WCAG 2 (he announced it at Web Directions North)

  255. Wish list for IE.next

    The WaSP presented it's "must-fix" list for IE to Microsoft and the reception was positive.

  256. Sunny Vancouver

    Right now, I’m wearing in a (Digg) t-shirt, on a sun-soaked patio at the corner of Robson and Bute in Vancouver. The incredible Web Directions North conference is over, the skiing in Whistler (for me) is done, and now I have the next nine-hours to explore the city before returning (on a red-eye) to icy, cold Toronto.

  257. Web Directions North, Day 1

    The first official day of Web Directions North is now done; and despite my bias, Dave Shea, Derek Featherstone, Maxine Sherrin, and John Allsopp all deserve our collective thanks. What started as the musings on some blogs, has evolved into a stellar conference in the very fog-heavy city Vancouver.

  258. Toronto Transit Camp

    The theme for 2007 in Toronto’s blogging, Web development, and urban spaces crowd has been the state of the TTC’s Web site, and now today the TorCamp community is doing something about it. All day at the Gladstone Hotel, nearly 100 people from those groups will be participating in TransitCamp — an unconference on all the things transit related.

  259. Concert calendar

    iTunes plug-in that generates a concert calendar for your city based on music in your library

  260. TTC re-opens RFP for Web site

    Bloggers get the previously closed RFP for revamping the TTC Web site reopened.

  261. Adding sound via JavaScript

    Clever test to embed audio files using only JavaScript

  262. TTC: the better Web way

    Smart people often seen at the BarCamp events put together the best proposal yet for a new TTC.ca

  263. .htaccess tutorial

    One of the best on this arcane, but powerful area I've found.

  264. BBC's 15 Web principles

    If everyone followed these (with possible exception of 14), the Web would be much better.

  265. Wired changes logo

    The Wired flag run in the magazine and online for years, has been tweaked and "improved"

  266. TagMaps mapping in TO

    Clever new Web app from Yahoo using Flickr tags to picture a mapped location.

  267. Thirty years of newspaper revenues

    StatsCan has released a free report analyzing the revenue of flow of newspapers in Canada since

  268. CBC to Canadian indie music fans: pay to listen

    Ironically, CBC Radio 3 and Brave New Waves pushed to the for-pay satellite service in effort to attract younger listeners to Radio 2.

  269. Megabins trashed

    Toronto will be saved from the hideous mega garbage bins as they get pulled from the streets in the coming weeks.

  270. Inside the Gladstone

    The Gladstone Hotel had an open-house to showcase its renovated interior and artist-created rooms.

  271. Artist displacing condos approved

    The Ontario Municipal Board has approved the (West Queen West) soul-destroying condos in Toronto's artist/gallery strip.

  272. Converting to numeric entities in TextMate

    Neil Lee asks (and learns) how to get TextMate to use HTML numeric entities instead of the named ones.

  273. Findory fading

    Greg Linden puts Findory on autopilot, thereby ending development on the first major personalization news site.

  274. National Post's Comment blog

    It's sort of like the Guardian's comment is free, but one that is still getting its legs.

  275. Newspapers missing the long tail

    The CEO of Topix points out how newspapers do a number of reviews, none of which are effectively exposed to the public.

  276. CBC and Web history

    CBC’s RealTime was the first Canadian entertainment show streamed over the Internet (coincidentally, using the RealAudio network)

  277. Multi-column support coming to Safari

    The latest WebKit build now supports CSS3's multi-column properties.

  278. Type takes on Indigo

    The Globe and Mail profiles one of West Queen West's best little bookstore.

  279. Reconsidering Star Wars in light of the prequels

    You know what, even if it is retcon, it makes a lot of sense.

  280. Washington Post hosts local bloggers

    Invited local bloggers to discuss ideas for creating a network to host neighbourhood specific content.

  281. IE Developer Toolbar getting better

    The beta 3 offers better ability to isolate style rules and smarter source view.

  282. CBC.ca GMaps the world's wars

    Simple and effective Google Map created by CBC.ca of the world's top 15 conflicts

  283. Firefox sidebar on the right

    Move the noise of the bookmark/history/Sage reader sidebar from the left to the right of the browsing window.

  284. Transit route-planning in Toronto

    Google Maps mashup shows the best way to get around the city using rail/subway routes.

  285. iPhone may become my phone

    This could be the device that finally pulls my into the mobile world.

  286. Markup as craft

    Digital Web Magazine is running an article that outlines how to make your HTML the best it can be

  287. Examples of 1% participation

    Luke Wroblewski collects some examples where a small group of Web users makes most of the content.

  288. Daylife: a new news aggregator

    The design, experience, and feel of this new site feels nothing like traditional news aggregators and that's very good.

  289. BubbleShare sold for $3M

    Albert Lai's done it again -- sold a great service for some nice cash.

  290. Fixing TTC.ca

    Possible one of Canada’s worst sites with the most potential is Toronto’s public transit system’s site. Much derided by transit fans, Web geeks, and regular users it is a usability nightmare. But there’s a new chairman — Adam Giambrone — and it looks like he’s open to suggestions on how to improve the site. So four of Toronto’s city blogs — BlogTO, Reading Toronto, Torontoist, and SpacingWire — are collecting ideas.

  291. Improve the TTC's Web site

    The big Toronto blogs are collecting suggestions for improvements to the horrible Web site for the city's transit system.

  292. Today in CBC history

    Tod Maffin uses Google's spreadsheets to create a calendar of historical CBC events

  293. The Toronto transit map

    Hands-down, the best map of city-wide transit anywhere.

  294. New buzzphrase: implicit Web

    Could it be that "Web 3.0" is the implicit Web? There's a good argument to be made.

  295. BBC vs. what we want

    A simple comparison of BBC's top stories and the most read ones.

  296. WSJ.com's new markets data center

    Customizable, Ajax-y, and packed with good data.

  297. Unboxing the WSJ

    A Wall Street Journal reader dissects the new design in a video done in the spirit of the unboxing videos.