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Saturday, June 09, 2001

Fixed layouts doomed to fail:
On the Mac, though, the operating system specifies 72 pixels per inch, so one CSS pixel should be 20 percent smaller than a screen pixel. Opera is the only browser that does this according to the specification, but nobody noticed until its Mac version came out; the other browsers' behaviour fitted better with what designers wanted.

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The real solution is to let go of fixed-pixel design styles. They assume too much about the machines your users have. The Web is not the right medium for such attempts at control. People will view our content in many ways using many devices. It's time we let them do that.
Via inflight correction.

Friday, June 08, 2001

A methodology for validating user input:
One of the perennial problems that I see when examining ASP code is a failure to adequetely protect databases and applications from invalid user input. Often there is no handling. Sometimes there may be some client-side javascript. And only in the professionally developed applications is there some graceful handing of code failure built in.

Thursday, June 07, 2001

Bruce Eckel's Thinking in Java, 2nd Edition is free online. And here's why.
MSNBC.com Launches Dynamic HTML News Menu (and gets rid of the activeX menu thingie). I can't believe they won't make it work on the Mac.
Hoard the Black Coffee: odd but likeable short fiction piece set in a software company.
wmob: the wiretap network: bizarre, hilarious, real phone conversations of a mobster. Via Fourstones Blog.

Wednesday, June 06, 2001

fadelinks is another bit of DHTML magic from your friend and mine, Milo.
John Weir, the genius behind the IHT site which features the best DHTML ever, has a new little demo of a page that dynamically changes text size based on browser window width.
So I'm so proud of my little DHTML color toy, and then I find a better implementation of a similar idea, and then a crazy Flash kaleidoscope (via The luckiest girl in the world) and now I'm all reminded that "there is always someone better than you" and stuff. Off to the shrink tomorrow!
Beautiful CSS and DHTML in action: The Session. Built by Jeremy Keith.

Tuesday, June 05, 2001

An interview with Pascal Bestebroer, creator of DOMLib, a 3k Dom compliant DHTML library. Via a person who spends too much time worrying about rusty old browsers.
Marketing Myopia, via zeldman.
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