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Friday, December 07, 2001

New to me: webgraphics.com. CSS layout, DHTML text-resizing, bookmarklets, good stuff.
Aonther fine, insightful piece at A List Apart: The Bathing Ape Has No Clothes.
... as my mentor Jon Olson always reminds me, the practice of design necessarily involves solving problems. Further, these problems present constraints; whether these originate in the client's budget, the target audience's availability, or in the technical limitations of the medium is immaterial.
Interface Design Is Trickier Than It Seems is a decent little article. On a related note, I've been thinking about how success depends more and more on the interface when building Web apps. With desktop apps, manuals are the norm; even for downloadable freeware or shareware, PDF or HTML manuals are common. But who ever heard of a Web app having a manual? The interface alone must be good enought for the user to discover and use all the functionality. I'm working on something now that will have inline help to compensate for the failings of the interface. Why don't we see more inline help in Web applications?
Zeldman answers the question Why Don't You Code For Netscape?
W3C CSS Validator FAQ
From XML.com: Controlling Whitespace, Part 1 and Part Two.

Thursday, December 06, 2001

CSS3 just may let you pick your own box model.
DHTML a plenty: Ecsplosiv Productions : Experiments With Web Development.
From Til Nagel: 3dhtml - A DHTML Toolkit for 3D Applications. Incredible. (Also see Til's 3d 5k entry.)

Wednesday, December 05, 2001

New, from the man who put the "Scott Andrew" in scottandrew.com: The JavaScript Junkyard. Good stuff.
The CSS box model as described by the w3c.

Tuesday, December 04, 2001

Stewart is back at it! Who's happier than me?
Best of CHI-WEB.
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Friday, December 07, 2001

Great pictures at Here is New York:
Here is New York is not a conventional gallery show. It is something new, a show tailored to the nature of the event, and to the response it has elicited. The exhibition is subtitled "A Democracy of Photographs" because anyone and everyone who has taken pictures relating to the tragedy is invited to bring or ftp their images to the gallery, where they will be digitally scanned, archivally printed and displayed on the walls alongside the work of top photojournalists and other professional photographers.
By way of calamondin.
Artistic Fact or Optical Delusion?
Did Vermeer use a lens to help him capture the intricate patterns in the folds of a tablecloth? Or Caravaggio, to re-create a curving, foreshortened lute? Even Rembrandt fell under Hockney's gaze. He could not have been looking through a lens while creating his haunting self-portraits. "But," Hockney said, "he might have for the helmets and armor."
I just remembered that I dreamed I saw the northern lights last night, and they suffered from JPEG compression artifacts.
So I took the The Art Test and "If I were a work of art, I would be Prehistoric Cave Art. I am primal and mysterious. Somewhat removed from modern life, I have a powerful ability to evoke wonder and show a sensitivity to nature as well as talents beyond what most people think of me."

Tuesday, December 04, 2001

My 5 year old son Jude, when told by his mom what the phrase "pulling my leg" means, jokingly told her that he did not believe that's what it meant, and that she must be pulling his leg. Is that the sort of stuff only parents find funny?
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