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This is the monthly archive for December 2005.

30 December 2005

Canvas in IE

Making the canvas tag available in Explorer. Work in progress, but interesting.

IE | Permalink

23 December 2005

JSON Benchmarking: Beating a Dead Horse

Dave Johnson did some benchmarks for W3C DOM, JSON and XSLT as Ajax response formats. His conclusion is that XSLT is by far the fastest method. I hope he gets around putting his test pages online soon, so that people can verify this conclusion.

Benchmarks, Data Retrieval | Permalink

22 December 2005

Star HTML and Microsoft IE7

Molly gives a useful overview of the discussion caused by the IE team's decision to remove the * html hack from IE 7.

CSS, IE, Linkdumps | Permalink

20 December 2005

Naughty or Nice? CSS Background Images

Derek Featherstone on some unsuspected problems with CSS background images.

CSS | Permalink

IE Mac is dead

Microsoft has finally pulled the plug on IE Mac. Understandable, but it's nonetheless a pity. IE Mac can't do modern W3C DOM, but back in 2000 it was really an awesome browser with the best CSS support of its days. In 2000 and 2001, when I was sick of Netscape 4 but Mozilla wasn't yet a serious browser, IE Mac was my favourite.
So long, and thanks for all the CSS.

Browsers | Permalink

How (Blogging) Awards Work

Spot on.
'a powerful incentive for hosting and running an awards competition is to help make the host a center of power in the community. By creating the forum, inciting the inevitable drama, setting the rules, and (likely) helping to entrench one's friends and supporters as powers within the new community hierarchy, those who create awards are likely to reap significant benefits from doing so.'

Blogging | Permalink

17 December 2005

Yahoo! Developer Network - JavaScript Developer Center

With interesting information about AJAX and JSON in general, as well as the Yahoo APIs.

Data Retrieval | Permalink

16 December 2005

Z's not dead baby, Z's not dead

Andy Clarke shows the nice things you can do with z-index. Includes a discussion of the stacking context, something that frequently baffles CSS newbies.

CSS | Permalink

JSON and Yahoo!'s JavaScript APIs

Yahoo goes JSON. The JSON solution begins to become interesting. I didn't realize it can be used to ignore cross-domain security, but now that Simon spelled it out it's obvious.

Data Retrieval | Permalink

15 December 2005

What Ajax _Can't_ Do

Always interesting.

Theory | Permalink

PatternQuiz I - Site patterns

As promised, John Allsopp publishes his first PatternQuiz to map emerging webpatterns.

Theory | Permalink

13 December 2005

Required Elements, and Required Tags

The subtle yet important difference between required elements and required tags in HTML.

HTML | Permalink

12 December 2005

Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web

Richard Rutter translates print typography best practices into CSS. Work in progress.

CSS, Reference | Permalink

Prototype Meets Ruby: A Look at Enumerable, Array and Hash

Yet more documentation of prototype functionalities.

Libraries, Reference | Permalink

Weighing the alternatives

Why not another technology instead of Ajax?

Theory | Permalink

9 December 2005

Heckling Adaptive Path

Adaptive Path goes bullshit generation. 37Signals rightly heckles them. In other words: A True Web 2.0 Story.

Fun, Society | Permalink

8 December 2005

JavaScript Tip #1: Speed Up Object Detection

Dean Edwards starts a series of JavaScript tips. This one is interesting, and although I'm going to think about it before implementing it, it could very well be an important improvement.

JavaScript | Permalink

7 December 2005

How To Write Unmaintainable Code

Excellent advice.

Fun | Permalink

5 December 2005

Why social/networking sites will never really work

I completely agree. Social/networking sites are just a waste of time.

Society | Permalink

10 Places You Must Use Ajax

Alex Bosworth about when to use Ajax and when not to. Useful overview.

JavaScript, Usability | Permalink

3 December 2005

Top 10 custom JavaScript functions of all time

As it says. Useful overview of the tasks that we want to standardise.

JavaScript | Permalink

The innerHTML dilemma

For once I disagree with Jeremy: the innerHTML property is a beautiful invention that makes DOM scripting much simpler, and I don't have the slightest compunction about using it. I hope Jeremy will work out his "issues", because innerHTML is just too good to ignore.

DOM | Permalink

24 ways

An advent calendar with a web development tip for every day.

Accessibility, CSS, HTML, JavaScript | Permalink

Accessibility and usability for interactive television

Roger Johansson gives a few guidelines for creating sites for interactive TV.

Accessibility, Browsers, Usability | Permalink

1 December 2005

Common CSS Bugs in Safari, Firefox and Opera

Andy Budd starts a list of *important* CSS bugs in Safari, Firefox and Opera. Could grow into something interesting.

Browsers, CSS, Reference | Permalink


See the November 2005 archive.

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