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Saturday, January 26, 2002

MacEdition Guide to CSS2 Support in Mac-only Browsers.
I take it all back. This is why I love the internet.

Friday, January 25, 2002

From Eric Meyer, on Images, Tables, and Mysterious Gaps.
The many face of Eric: Google Image Search: eric.
How did I miss this? The Gluetrain Manifesto.
Speaking of really cool work, Q42 is mind blowing. Win/IE5.5+ only for now, but if you have the goods, try out Quek, a multi-user avatar chat on top of pretty much any web page (my example uses this page) with great co-browsing possiblities and lots of neat features (try typing “superman!” or “fart!” into your text box) — version 2.0 is in the works and will support more browsers and new functionality.

Or edit (Dutch weblog) alt0169.com (wait — is it dead?) using xopus, their in-browser XML editor with a very slick UI (you might want to look at the xopus product page for background). Also of note are Lime, a WYSIWYG in-browser HTML editor & soon to be Zope-integrated CMS front end, and MemoChat (scoll down) another demo built on the same communications framework as Quek.
A nice new bookmarklet: Maximize IE the Right Way.
I'm stealing a bunch of links from Andy King's follow-up to the 2002 Olypics site story:
Microsoft's Accessibility Site:
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/

WebReference.com's Usability Resources:
http://webreference.com/authoring/
design/usability/

Joe Clark accessibility blog:
http://www.joeclark.org/accessiblog/

Jim Byrne accessibility blog:
http://www.mcu.org.uk/

Some of the usability and information
architect expertsalso cover accessibility,
such as:

iaslash:
http://www.iaslash.org/ia/

Christina Wodke, elegant hack:
http://www.eleganthack.com/

Lou Rosenfeld, author of "Information
Architecture for the WWW":
http://www.louisrosenfeld.com
A story on standards vigilantes: Won't Make Your Web Site Work with Linux? We'll Do It for You -- Dutch webmasters create a shadow web site to let everyone use the MSIE-only railway timetable.

Thursday, January 24, 2002

A new mailing list: css-discuss -- practical discussions of CSS and its use.
From Rebecca Blood: The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog.
Scott Andrew found this: XML for <SCRIPT> Cross Platform XML Parsing in JavaScript.
XML for <SCRIPT >is a simple, non-validating XML DOM and SAX parser written in JavaScript. It was designed to help web application designers implement cross platform, client side manipulation of XML data. XML for <SCRIPT> is licensed under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public Licence (LGPL)

Wednesday, January 23, 2002

New to me: [note: corrected link URL] ia/ news for information architects :
iaslash is a news site for information architects. Regardless of your field, if you are interested in information organization, usability, user testing, user interface design, and other areas related to the access and use of information in information-use environments, you may find some news and resources of interest here.
To watch: Dot Con, this Thursday on PBS's Frontline:
For a few heady years, it seemed that just about anyone -- from institutional investors to the average person following CNBC -- could make quick and easy money by putting their cash into the dreams of the Internet. What spurred the incredible dot-com bull run on Wall Street? Was the public blinded by dreams of small fortunes and easy living or did the nation's investment banks manipulate the IPO market and exploit public trust? In "Dot Con," airing Thursday, January 24, FRONTLINE investigates the financial forces behind the unprecedented rise and seemingly overnight fall of the Internet economy.

Tuesday, January 22, 2002

Zeldman points out a couple of books on writing for the web. Here's a new online style guide for web writing.
Here's an interesting quote from this article on the Wayback Machine:
The first company I worked in was Thinking Machines. And we blew it. We built the fastest computer in the world that very few people could program. It required people to think in a new way. What a horrible thing to have to do to be able to attract customers. The idea is to be able to think the same and be able to do more.
That's the problem with introduction of new computer interfaces of all kinds. That's the reason that Jakob is right, that the best interface is the common interface, the interface that we are used to. That's the reason desktop PCs won't have 3D GUIs anytime soon, that the desktop metaphor will rule the PC world for the foreseeable future. You can't ask people to change all their assumptions about how a computer works and be successful. Xerox and Apple had a blank slate when they designed the first GUIs, but the work they did put incredible limitations, and in fact set the path for all future GUIs. I'm just saying.
JSLib: File I/O
This project was started because Mozilla didn't have a way to read from and write to files in Javascript, functionality that is needed for almost all applications that are written with Mozilla.

Monday, January 21, 2002

Excellent: Code Style.
Code Style is a collection of articles, experimental pages, samples and examples of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), XHTML and other Web technologies. The name Code Style suggests a style of coding, Web design and development which adopts a robust, standards-oriented style with an eye to optimum compatibility and accessibility.
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Friday, January 25, 2002

Why I love the web: Traffic signs of the world, complete with commentary of Lileks-ian quantity and quality.
So things are changing in the hardware and software world of Eric Costello. I bought a mac (g4 400) from an uncle, and though it may be old machine to some, it is a huge upgrade from my 5.5 year old power computing machine. And its video card lets me step up to a 1280 resolution, which I'm quite happy about. On the PC side of things, I wiped my laptop's drive and reintalled win2k. I scrapped Outlook because for a number of reasons, and I'm now using The Bat for email. I meant to swicth to The bat a while ago, but it's easy to get locked into an email client. But I'm happy I changed now. I won't bore you with more details;suffice it to say I am getting back up and running.

If I owe you an email, you might want to let me know.

Wednesday, January 23, 2002

So my Mac died over the weekend, and now my laptop, which is my main machine, used for email, Word, IM, browsing, site-testing, etc., etc., just gave me a BSOD. It started back up, but has now taken close to an hour and is not yet fully booted. So now I'll probably have to spend the whole day backing up like a gigs worth of email to the file server (which gets backed up remotely) so I don't risk losing 5 years of email if the laptop (known to me as cog2000) completely craps out on me. Then I'll probably reinstall the OS and all my apps, in hopes of rescuing cog2000 from an eventual slide into oblivion, which would force me to spend my credit card's money to replace it, which I really don't want to do, since my credit card will want me to pay it back at some point in the future.

Tuesday, January 22, 2002

I still try to catch Seinfeld reruns every night at 11. Here's a Salon review of the show.
Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David's TV show wasn't just a sitcom -- it was one of the most complex and troubling art works of our time.

Monday, January 21, 2002

May We Have Independent Journalism Back Now, Please?
America is four months into this crisis, and one comment about the course of events is now long overdue: the U.S. media have woefully mishandled their coverage of post-Sept. 11 developments. The way the mainstream U.S. media have allowed themselves to become the government's mouthpiece is not only a blot on the record of American journalism, it is a great disservice to the American public. In the end, the media's blind obedience damages the very democracy they apparently wish to serve and defend.
Seriously though, if you live in NYC and have a G3+ mac that you want to sell me (or even just give to me!), please let me know.
My Mac just died. My 5+ year old Power Computing Power Tower Pro 225, with 2.1 gig HD and 64 Megs of RAM, which I have used to code nearly every bit of web development I've ever done, and which has been known to me through these years as "machine", passed away Saturday evening. The family asks that instead of flowers you please just send a new Mac to me, Eric Costello.
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