2 September 2004 11 am | 6 pm est

In today’s Report:
ALA 187
Pocket-sized design: helping your site fit into small, handheld devices with teeny-weeny screens.
Template Design Competition
The makers of Style Master are looking for a few good designs.
Apple Blog Wants You
The Unofficial Apple Weblog is looking for a few good bloggers.

ALA 187

In Issue No. 187 of A List Apart, For People Who Make Websites:

We asked two experts, “How can I squeeze my pretty website into a handheld device with a screen no bigger than 120px wide?”

Jorunn D. Newth is a technical writer at Opera Software ASA, whose Opera browser runs on many handheld devices. Elika Etemad is an invited expert to the W3C Working Group, a contributor to the Mozilla project, and a consultant to Opera Software ASA.

Newth and Etemad’s Pocket-Sized Design: Taking Your Website to the Small Screen offers general suggestions for creating a handheld-friendly style sheet, along with a few Opera-specific pointers that you may find useful.

Template Design Competition

It’s hard to believe, but Style Master, Webciv’s full-featured CSS editor, will be six years old on 9 September. To celebrate, Westciv is holding a Style Master Templates Competition with over US $1000 in cash prizes:

The competition challenges designers to develop stylish, standards-based CSS + XHTML templates that can be reused and adapted by developers around the world.

In addition to offering a high-quality CSS product, Westciv has long been a source of knowledge, offering free tutorials on standards-based design from novice- to expert-level, including their famous Complete CSS Guide. Westciv, in tandem with the W3C’s Australian office, is sponsoring this month’s Web Essentials 04 conference in Sydney (and I would be speaking there if not for Mr Stork’s impending bundle).

But wait, there’s more.

The company’s founder, John Allsopp, was a member of the original WaSP CSS Samurai, whose Top 10 CSS Problems series for Opera and Internet Explorer lent The Web Standards Project needed credibility in 1998–1999 — and more importantly helped Opera Software and Microsoft engineers identify and prioritize standards compliance improvements for their products. All of us have benefited from the work done back then by John and his WaSP comrades.

John also wrote one of ALA’s most provocative early articles, “A Dao of Web Design” (7 April 2000, Issue No. 58) which continues to be read and debated all these years later. Indeed, the randy old thought-piece still sprouts offspring, such as Sarah Horton’s “Forging a Partnership Between Designer and User,” published yesterday in Digital Web Magazine.

So. Designers. This is not your ordinary “design a template” contest, but a chance to get your work seen by hundreds of thousands and to associate with people who have helped improve the web (and are still at it).

Apple Blog Wants You

The Unofficial Apple Weblog is looking for a few good bloggers. If you follow Apple, write well, and are able to post once or twice daily, you could secure a readership and make a few bucks. The Unofficial Apple Weblog covers Apple news and is the most heavily trafficked publication in the Weblogs, Inc. network.

Previously in The Daily Report...

Like an HTML virgin
Elizabeth Castro’s new book teaches beginners web design basics the right way.
Pop a cap
Wired.com rethinks an element of style.
Passing
Bill Asp, promoter of DC punk and new wave bands and founder of Wasp Records, has died at 53. A personal recollection.
Silence and Noise
The mainstreaming of web standards should have freed us to focus on content, design, and usability — but arguments about minutia prevent us from seeing our work whole.