Developing mobile, scrolling horizontally, undergrads usage of wikipedia (links, links)

April 1, 2010

Just a couple of various links from various places:

how to build mobile versions of existing sites, including links to some mobile site building tools:
http://designshack.co.uk/articles/css/quick-tips-for-creating-a-mobile-optimized-site

How undergraduates use wikipedia:
http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2830/2476

scrolling horizontally!
https://xd.adobe.com/#/articles/article/530

direct link to the horizontally scrolled page:
http://www.thinkingforaliving.org/


Illusion: Insight into visual design elements

February 17, 2010

Covers the most basic elements of webdesign: layout, fonts, whitespace, color theory; additionally encompasses fundamental guidelines and findings regarding how users use the web.
Btw, my portion is more of the design stuff. Oh, and this is a google presentation so the design of the presentation itself is a little fugly. 😉


on web standards and accessibility

December 1, 2009

To me, true accessibility is building one site that works for everybody, disabled or not, and whatever user agent or operating system they prefer. And that is the web I want to build and use.

Yup. A good post on web standards and accessibility.


on usability….

November 30, 2009

Just passing along an interesting post about usability.


Tips to eek out web performance

November 28, 2009

http://developer.yahoo.com/performance/

yslow from yahoo is a great site, as is some of the firebug stuff.


w3c cheat sheet

November 25, 2009

http://www.w3.org/QA/2009/11/w3c_cheatsheet_for_developers.html

“This cheatsheet aims at providing in a very compact and mobile-friendly format a compilation of useful knowledge extracted from W3C specifications — at this time, CSS, HTML, SVG and XPath —, completed by summaries of guidelines developed at W3C, in particular the WCAG2 accessibility guidelines, the Mobile Web Best Practices, and a number of internationalization tips.

Its main feature is a lookup search box, where one can start typing a keyword and get a list of matching
properties/elements/attributes/functions in the above-mentioned specifications, and further details on those when selecting the one of interest.”


Semantic web, social web, and the progression of the web (presentation)

October 21, 2009

Well, this is a pretty unwieldly subject to pack into a 1 hour presentation (and I didn’t go very far into the details of the mechanics of the semantic web, at all)….


If architects had to work like web designers

September 10, 2009

A painful truth:

Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdown for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily pick one.

http://www.digitalsurvivors.com/archives/000455.php


Question of the Day: what will not migrate in Google Pages?

June 27, 2009

So, google pages (the online editor/hosted website creator available for free to google/gmail customers) is going away. It will be replaced by google sites. I, as well as a ton of other google users, received the following message (prompting a question from friend, about whether her site would migrate properly):

However, we’ve identified you as using Google Page Creator to host files that Sites doesn’t support. We are writing to inform you that, as part of this migration, if you take no action to address this, your hosted files will likely break. If they are important then we suggest you move them to a different hosting service.

The problem is NOT the files that she uploaded. Nope — nothing nonstandard about those, very run of the mill. The problem is going to be her embedded widget for flickr, which although from flickr is CSS + Javascript.

My answer:
…but I think the problem is your flickr script (from Googles blog):
“Google Sites does not support custom JavaScript or CSS at this time for security reasons. Many embeddings are available on Google Sites through Google Gadgets (insert -> More Gadgets…), but arbitrary JavaScript and CSS will not work once the content is migrated to Google Sites.

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So, they are moving away from allowing you to add Javascript and/or custom CSS, even embedded widgets UNLESS it is an approved Google Gadgets. Sooo, if you’ve done a custom designed Google page, sorry, my friend. Your CSS and/or Javascript is just not going to work. If you have used a common widget (such as flickr) there will hopefully be a widget available via Google Gadgets. Sucks, doesn’t? Even blogger gives you more control over your site than that.

Well, you could complain make suggestions here but the voting has been closed.
Oh, and the templates are way ugly — just sayin’ — Google you should know better than to add to the fugly on the ‘net.


useful websites — zap line breaks & more

June 20, 2009

I love this little website with lots of text tools (I do know there are other websites and scripts/software/text editors, which will cleanup text, even stripping out formatting from Word) … however, this is one that I keep handy. 😉

http://www.textfixer.com/

So, what other online webtools do you find useful? I use a lot of validators and I have a lot of fun with the color scheme generators http://www.colorblender.com/ http://colorschemedesigner.com/

..and for colortrends, http://www.colourlovers.com/