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Friday, February 22, 2002

Of course you understand that the recognition of hypocrisy and/or inconsistency between theory and practice is not a valid argument against the theory, right?
From The Register: Three new MS security holes - two nasty.
Hey look! A proposed CSS re-coding of Mozillazine! Very nice.
Eric Meyer's CSS Anarchist Articles [1] [2] have inspired some cool tools for web developers: Blast Sites with User CSS Sheets show you how to use user stylesheets to reveal site markup and CSS techniques. Martin Spernau has cooked up some bookmarklets to do the same.
Kynn Bartlett made a good point on the www-style list:
The fact that the accessibility sites don't use CSS for layout supports the idea that CSS is not ready to replace tables. The fact that sites which use CSS for layout require a warning -- which would be completely unacceptable in commercial work -- is further support for the "not ready for prime time" argument.
Marko Karppinen points out inconsistencies in the W3C's stated goals and the site-building methods of its members:
out of the 506 w3c members, only eighteen have web sites that validate with the w3c validator as either html or xhtml. 141 members proudly display sites with definite markup errors; a whopping 342 sites couldn't be tested at all because of lacking dtd definitions. Sad.

Thursday, February 21, 2002

Brent Ashley built a cool little DHTML chat client for his site. It uses his Remote Scripting tools, and is freely downloadable. Go chat with Brent: he won't bite.

Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Tableless layouts for the masses: CSS Colouring Book. [Ed. Note: On closer inspection, I can't really recommend this site; its layouts, are indeed laid out quite nicely with CSS but the pages are not built with good, structural HTML markup. Instead, nearly every page element is placed wthin a DIV. CSS without well-structured markup is not really any better, and is perhaps worse, than just using tables and font tags.]
When using CSS for layout it is often vital to the success of the project to Hide CSS from Buggy Browsers.
I'm working on fixing serveral annoying little glitches with the CSS article, including an extra line in the doctype declaration which keeps Mozilla from rendering the CSS, a broken link to a stylesheet, which causes NS4 to throw up a 404 error, a misprint, an error, and some silly markup I should have done right the first time. But other than that things are going swimmingly well!

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Hey look! My second article at Apple Internet Developer is up: Introduction to CSS Layout.
L. David Baron said it:
A large percentage of the pages on the web are not documents in the conventional sense -- they are user interface, or sometimes user interface wrapping documents. CSS is a insufficient for describing user interface -- even more so than tables are, so tables are still common on the web and probably will stay that way as long as CSS doesn't have a better box model for describing user interface. CSS is being used more on the web, but its box model is not replacing tables in many places -- it's often being used within tables.
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Friday, February 22, 2002

If you are a home music recording enthusiast (and I know you are) check out TapeOp.com where you can sign up for a free subscription of Tape Op, a zine dedicated to music recording. It was started by Larry Crane and is apparently very popular with those in the know:
Many believe the magazine is successful with bands and recording purists alike because, unlike other recording industry magazines, it doesn't hype or push new "gear" or technological advancements. It is simply a labor of love to be shared by those interested in recording.

Thursday, February 21, 2002

The Self as a Center of Narrative Gravity
What is a self? I will try to answer this question by developing an analogy with something much simpler, something which is nowhere near as puzzling as a self, but has some properties in common with selves.

What I have in mind is the center of gravity of an object.

Monday, February 18, 2002

So several of my friends are either surrecting or resurrecting personal sites, which makes me happy. Now if I could just convince K to start that political commentary blog...

Anyway, Jon of the now defunct Rock and Roll blog Fake Dub is back at it with Freakbeat. Hopefully he will soon be writing more on Rock and Roll, his area of, shall we say, "expertise", and less about his underwear. Did I mention the Signs of Gravois section of the freakbeat site? It features some neat photos taken of classic commercial signage from the un-re-developed city of St. Louis.

Derek has also re-engaged himself with online writing, this time at odegards.com/derek instead of that den of narcissism known as pixelpony.com. Did I mention he has become engaged? To my sister-in-law that lives in our basement?

Also, everyone's best friend John has built his first (I think) personal site (which I will ink to ASAP). John introduced me to e-world and aol sometime in 1991, got me a job here in NYC in 95 doing computer support (though I had zero experience with computers), handed me a floppy disk from INCH that had a company dial-up account and all the neccesary software to get K's Mac online, thereby launching my carrer on the Web. Did I mention that John and his wife are expecting?

And did I mention that my friend Matt is funny?
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