11 April 2001
How much creativity can you cram into 5 Kilobytes? View this year's 5k
contest entries, marvel at what can be done, and rate the entries. ::: One of our favorite communities, and a site with which we were affiliated, Astounding Websites
, has gone down. We hope it will resurface in one form or another. ::: Changes are expected soon for Kubrick.org
as well, but those changes should be pleasant and interesting. ::: And we're probably the last to notice, but another of our old favorites, f*cker.com, is gone—having sold their domain to an "adult" business. Sad.
An astounding new issue of Digital Web
Magazine is now online for your pleasure. Telling you what's in it would take hours. Just go and look. ::: Kelly Goto and Macromedia have put together a handy tutorial on Site Production Management
techniques. Kelly is an expert on this subject, and a wonderful communicator. The site requires Flash.
10 April 2001
Posted for your pleasure: Our book is nearly ready to go to print, and those wonderful people at Internet.com have put an excerpt from Chapter Three
online. It's a short extract from a long chapter, with more to come. (Note that there are a few very minor errors in the excerpt, since it's taken from a third revision, and there were a couple of edits after that version.)
[Deleted] ::: [Deleted] ::: Updated the Exit Gallery
9 April 2001
Updated The Web Standards Project
. Winer on XML and Microsoft
in The New York Times
(requires password). Winer on Times coverage
of Winer on XML and Microsoft. Veen on IE6 and DOCTYPE switching
: "Get busy and start writing perfect code today."
8 April 2001
Spent the evening in Brooklyn, watching Alice and Dan
tie the knot. They're nice friends and sweet people who deserve each other. Alice is a photographer; Dan's a web designer, as were many in attendance. We ate at a table full of web designers, several of whose names you would recognize. All but one had just been laid off. (The one not laid off had just quit.) It was a lovely wedding and a swell party anyway.
7 April 2001
Retroactively redesigned A List Apart
Issue No. 99
to avoid reliance on CSS-2 selectors, thereby side-stepping problems in IE6 beta and IE4.5/Mac. While we were at it, we rewrote Issue 99's A Web Designer's Journey
, to include new information about IE6 beta, the box model hack, and other delights.
Originally published 16 February, ALA Issue 99
started a CSS-redesign craze
among forward-thinking web designers. Unfortunately, some of the methods we used in that issue failed in the subsequently released IE6 beta. We couldn't live with ourselves until we'd redesigned and rewritten the issue to address and solve these problems. And now, by George, we've done it. And as an added bonus...
. During the summer of 2000, due to a temporary hosting company's errors, The Web Standards Project
lost much of its content, including the irreplaceable 1998-1999 work of the WaSP CSS Samurai. Tonight, the CSS Samurai browser tests
were miraculously resurrected and restored to webstandards.org thanks to Samurai David L. Baron
6 April 2001
My Glamorous Life
No. 40: The Toilet Paper Fairy
In Issue 104
of A List Apart
, for people who make websites: DOWN BY LAW
—A U.S. law scheduled to take effect on the 20th of this month will force libraries and schools to censor Internet access or lose their funding. If enacted, the law will restrict free speech and punish the poorest of the poor. Librarian and web developer Carrie Bickner explores the politics of censorship and the digital divide. Plus:
FLASH'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG
—Consumers love shopping. Designers love Flash. You do the math. Developer Michael Cardenas shares tips to help you get started building Flash-based e-commerce sites.
These stories, and the ALA CODERS FORUM
, await your pleasure at alistapart.com
5 April 2001
Another day, another column. Half of our latest 2nd Site column
The other half of the column, which appears only in the print magazine, talks about the unfortunately widespread practice of outright design theft, which nobody likes. Sadly, unlike art and writing, design itself is not protected by U.S. copyright
, which is one reason design thieves usually get away with it. (British copyright is more enlightened—it protects layout and design.)
It's a pity that PDN's editors chose not to reproduce that part of the column online. On the other hand, PDN-Pix is a fine magazine, and if you buy it you will probably like it. This month's issue is entirely devoted to issues of copyright infringement as it effects designers, artists, photographers, and writers.
4 April 2001
Web designers who use CSS, experts who've helped create the CSS recommendations, and a standards-oriented browser developer, all participated in an informal group discussion last weekend about the best ways to create CSS layouts that compensate for browser differences.
Much of this has been summarized
by participant Eric Costello, and many of us netted out on using a CSS box model hack
created by Tantek Çelik, development lead for the Tasman rendering engine in IE5/Mac, and contributor to CSS-2 and CSS-3. It looks scarier and more complex than it really is.
The CSS techniques used in A List Apart
since Issue 100
are based on a slightly different approach, and they function well in IE6 beta, IE5/Win, IE5.5/Win, IE5/Mac, Mozilla, Konqueror, Netscape 6, and Opera 5—in other words, they work in all CSS-compliant browsers, despite quirks in some of those browsers. You can read about
the techniques we're using, view
the ALA global stylesheet, or do both.
ALA Issue 99
, the first attempt at a standards-compliant, CSS-only layout, used different techniques that fail in the IE6 beta for reasons indicated in Costello's summary
. (IE6 beta gets the CSS box model right, but does not support the CSS2 selectors we initially used to feed correct layout values to more compliant browsers.)
We're working on retrofitting Issue 99 to the newer, more reliable CSS layout, and hope to finish soon. Essentially, we're experimenting so you won't have to. Like any well-conceived web standard, CSS should just work—and, with a few browser-compensatory tweaks, it does.
3 April 2001
Focus group results
from the ALA discussion forum.
A little bird tells us that the Adobe articles
will soon be back online.
While redesigning and restructuring their site, Adobe seems to have misplaced or removed all the columns we wrote for them last year, including "Style vs. Design" and "Where Have All the Designers Gone?" Also gone: columns by Raymond Pirouz and Lynda Weinman.
Now, we love Adobe's products, and we think Adobe Online does a great job of providing designer-focused content. But it's dumb to kill articles once they're online. Link rot
is not merely a technical problem. It hurts readers.
A List Apart
has been redesigned several times, but every article we've ever published is still online at its original location, because any
article could be some reader's favorite.
We're not claiming parity with Adobe Online, and we don't mean to single them out as offenders. We just think it's a mistake for content sites to kill their content. URLs, like diamonds, are forever. At least, they ought to be.
2 April 2001
: "Inspiration is 50% jealousy and 50% admiration." Lance Arthur holds court in a superfine Netdiver Network interview
. ::: Zeldman yaks about web standards and libraries in this month's Feature Interview
at NewBreed Librarian
: If you've got a reasonably fast connection and a hunger for ambient, pixelated animation loops, check the Pandemonium Piece
in Issue 107 of K10k
1 April 2001
Tish, we're speaking French! ALA's To Hell With Bad Browsers
gets a full French translation
, complete with cream sauce and wine list, courtesy of pompage.net.
Jeff Goldblum is reportedly coming out of retirement to play the role of Zeldman in Pardon My Zinger
, an upcoming comedy
about web designers in love. Unconfirmed rumors tag John Malkovich
in the role of Toke Nygaard
, and Melanie Griffith
as Alison Headley
, the 22-year-old weblogger whose FTP error initiates the film's hilarious goings-on.
31 March 2001
The CODERS FORUM in Issue 103
of A List Apart
is rapidly filling with queries and web design tips. ::: Forget Magazine
is an interesting new 'zine with a post-Juxt look and feel. ::: Clean, navigable Team Billy
has launched. ::: The Glish
renders web pages faster than any browser we've ever seen. Solid standards support too, though a few bugs remain.