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This is the monthly archive for March 2007.

25 March 2007

Web 2.0 Buyouts: Butchers vs. Farmers

Zeldman on the right way and the wrong way to integrate small but succesful companies in large but static companies.

Business | Permalink

Setting & Retrieving Accesskeys with JavaScript and DOM

Ian Lloyd discusses ways and means of using acceskeys that don't interfere with 'normal' browser functions (like Ctrl+R = Reload). He wants to allow users to set their own accesskeys through a little script. Interesting idea.

Accessibility, JavaScript | Permalink

Rules For JavaScript Library Authors

Dean isn't done yet: here are his rules for library authors. They all seem so simple, but are frequently broken by authors with more technical prowess than common sense.

Libraries | Permalink

Choosing the right JavaScript library

Nicholas Zakas offers some advice on choosing a JavaScript library. As far as I can see Dean's Base scores well on all of these points.

Libraries | Permalink

Yet Another JavaScript Library Without Documentation

Dean Edwards finally unveils his Base library which he already mentioned to me back in June 2006. No documentation, obviously. The library seems to concentrate on getting advanced standards to work in browsers that don't support them yet.

Libraries | Permalink

20 March 2007

Who's responsible for accessibility?

Always an interesting question. Right now the answer seems to be 'web developers', but Patrick rightly points to the role of clients, authoring tool developers, as well as the disabled people themselves.

Accessibility, Professionalism | Permalink

Flash vs. Ajax: It's time to expand your toolbox

Dan talks about Flash vs. Ajax, and takes Jonathan's presentation at SxSW as a starting point. Dan investigates the reasons he decided to quit Flash programming, and notices many of these reasons have meanwhile been solved.

Data Retrieval, Flash, Theory | Permalink

19 March 2007

SXSW Wrap - Fifth Anniversary Special

Ian Lloyd's wrap-up. Offers an interesting historical comparison 2003-7.

History, SxSW 2007 | Permalink

SxSW 2007 wrap up

Richard Rutter's wrap-up. He turns out to be responsible for the music at the Great British Booze-up, which, as I said, was the least loud party I visited.

SxSW 2007 | Permalink

Quick and dirty report on SXSWi07

Veerle's wrap-up. She, too, complains about the LOUD MUSIC.

SxSW 2007 | Permalink

18 March 2007

Speaking at South by Southwest

Jeremy's wrap-up.

SxSW 2007 | Permalink

Let’s Have a Panel on What We Didn’t Like About SXSW 2007

John Gruber's wrap-up. About the importance of evening and other social events.

SxSW 2007 | Permalink

16 March 2007

That Austin thing in 07

Dustin Diaz's wrap-up. He and Cameron pissed Jeremy off by this one slide they showed, and that's a fight that's still going on. I'm wondering if Cameron Diaz haven't bitten off more than they can chew.

SxSW 2007 | Permalink

My new book - Web Development solutions - is just around the corner

Chris Heilmann has yet again written a book. I lost count of the number, and of the amount of time he's spent on books; is this guy a glutton for punishment?

Books | Permalink

AJAX and Flash SXSW Talk

Jonathan Boutelle's slides. I found his presentation one of the more interesting ones I attended, because he drew my attention to yet another Big Divide that's plaguing us: the one between Ajax and Flash developers. Glad I talked to him; interesting conversations (even though the later one tended to be a bit on the drunken side).

SxSW 2007 | Permalink

SXSW'07: After the Storm

Jonathan Snook's wrap-up. Glad I finally met him and even talked to him for more than 30 seconds.

SxSW 2007 | Permalink

WaSP Street Team

A new WaSP initiative: the Street Team. Sign up if you want to do something practical for web standards in your neighbourhood. In fact, I'm going to need a few Dutch and Flemish Street Teamers for a project I'll give the details of later, so if you're Dutch speaking and want to get involved, please sign up!

WaSP | Permalink

Independent content is the new web app

Zeldman feels independent content is on the rise (again). I feel he's right, but have to make one remark. He says that a year ago everybody (ie. Yahoo, Google, Apple etc.) hired anyone with a nice blog, a SXSW panel, and an A List Apart article to their credit. True, but that means they are independent content providers. Conclusion: it's not that new.

Web 1.0 is the new Web 2.0. Long live Web 3.0.

Come on Jeffrey, you can make this even more confusing!

Business | Permalink

South Bye Bye South West

Malarkey's wrap-up. It's a pity I missed his presentation, but mine started when his stopped. On Monday we were nervous together at the smoking balcony, and it was good to see that even experienced presenters have this problem.

SxSW 2007 | Permalink

Another year, another Southby

Andy Budd's wrap-up. About the Great British Booze-up:

Unlike most events where you had to scream to be heard, people could actually talk to each other, promoting a very social event.

I completely agree; in fact I made this point to someone, but I'm not sure if it was Andy.

General message to all conference organisers (Patrick!): make sure people can actually hear each other at the parties. I'm not going there for the music, but for the talks. Besides, I have this slight hearing impairment that precludes me from hearing what other people say in a very loud environment, so this is especially important for me.

SxSW 2007 | Permalink

9 March 2007

JSON is not as safe as people think it is

As it says. Curious Firefox features may pose a threat to 'secure' JSON.

(Via Simon.)

Data Retrieval | Permalink

W3C Relaunches HTML Activity

The HTML Working Group is re-formed, as we've all been expecting. The charter looks fine, and the 10 % market share success criterion that the Safari team rightly objected to has been dropped.

HTML, Standards/W3C | Permalink

8 March 2007

The Mark Of The n00b

Scott Andrew's ways of detecting newbies at work in JavaScript.

I've learnt one other trick for distinguishing newbies and pros: ask them the difference between this and self. Usually people who just claim to be excellent scripters don't know the answer, while real pros do.

JavaScript, Skillset | Permalink

Timer resolutions and browsers

Some facts about timer implementations, and why 10ms is the lowest practical limit for setTimeout. I found that out by experimenting (and fortunately this nugget is in The Book), but I didn't know why this was the case.

Browsers, JavaScript | Permalink

Future-Proofing JavaScript Libraries

Interesting thoughts on a tricky subject. A bug fix in a browser can cause problems in libraries. In addition, it turns out certain object detections (for instance if (element.getAttribute)) can fail in some browsers. I didn't know that.

Libraries | Permalink


See the February 2007 archive.

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