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This is the monthly archive for September 2007.

28 September 2007

Accelerated DOM Scripting

Jonathan Snook has written a JavaScript book: Accelerated DOM Scripting. I'll pick it up as soon as it's in the bookstore.

Books | Permalink

The new layers of web development

Jeff Croft proposes a new and daring theory of the layers of web development. According to him, the structural layer is not HTML but the database, and he says HTML is about presenting the data (and structures) in a certain way.

This idea was touched on two years ago at Particletree, and it has always been in the back of my mind.

Maybe we could compromise by saying that seen from the back-end, HTML is about presentation, but seen from the front-end it's about structuring data. On the other hand, maybe that's a cop-out.

In any case this is an interesting idea that deserves to be discussed further.

(Via Naar Voren.)

Theory | Permalink

Resizing text and confidence

Isofarro discusses text resizing widgets and their social aspects.

Right now the new theory is that we shouldn't include these widgets in our Web pages because most browsers allow users to resize text anyway.

However, Grant Broome points at the social aspects of these widgets (confidence building, for instance), and on the whole Isofarro seems to agree with him.

A few months ago I created yet another text resize widget, and I concluded they're not necessary any more. However, the arguments presented here make clear that I have to re-think this entire question.

This might be the start of an interesting discussion.

Accessibility | Permalink

DOMContentLoaded for IE, Safari, everything, without document.write

Stuart's solution for the onload problem.

onload | Permalink

19 September 2007

Dilbert on Web 2.0

Spot on.

Fun | Permalink

Flash within the Dutch Guild of Front-end Programmers

Bobby van der Sluis's presentation at yesterday's micro-conference.

Flash | Permalink

14 September 2007

Alex Russell is not a heretic

Aaron Gustafson understands why Alex Russell has turned from staunch standards supporter to "the dark side", even though he doesn't quite agree with everything Alex is saying.

Standards/W3C | Permalink

The Browser.Next List

Alex Russell:

Browser.Next list of 10 issues that would give Ajax libraries a break and let app authors worry less


Browsers, JavaScript | Permalink

Why we need standards support in HTML email

Excellent idea. This is the same guy who gave us A Guide to CSS Support in Email, so he knows what he's talking about.

(Via Roger.)

Standards/W3C | Permalink

Applying a comments policy

Alastair Campbell on blog comments. He acknowledges the problem, but would like to continue allowing comments. Therefore he proposes a comment policy:

This site is my own, it is not a democracy. If you want freedom of expression get your own site. Having said that, comments are welcome provided that they are:

Any comment that does not fulfil these criteria will be removed at my discretion.

If a comment is largely good with a mistake or two, I may correct it.

If you provide a valid email address, I will try to inform you of a removal or correction.

Sounds interesting. I may apply it to my own site, except for the last line.

Blogging | Permalink

8 September 2007

+1.5 Years: Where Are We Now?

Alex Russell is not happy with Microsoft´s lack of communication about IE progress. Although I´m not nearly as pessimistic as Alex, I agree that some sort of official communication would be nice. It would lay web developers´ fears to rest.

IE | Permalink

Safari and WebKit Version Information

Useful list of Safari versions tied to Mac OS releases.

Safari | Permalink

Some demos to check out Kestrel's new capabilities

Some test cases that show Opera 9.5´s new CSS capabilities. I haven´t yet downloaded the alpha version, but if it truly supports all that´s mentioned here, we´ve got a nice new browser coming.

CSS, Opera | Permalink

2 September 2007


Some facts and thoughts about WAI-ARIA support in (X)HTML.

Accessibility, HTML, Standards/W3C | Permalink

Inverting Assumptions

A few rather interesting ideas.

[...] the core ideas behind microformats were about inverting several conventional assumptions.

Tantek proceeds to list these inversions.

Theory | Permalink


See the August 2007 archive.

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