Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report

9 February 2004 2 pm est

W3C fixes CSS validator

Within days of reading CSS Validator Changes the Rules is Broken in The Daily Report of 5 February, Sijtsche Smeman, one of the volunteers who helps maintain the W3C CSS validator, fixed the bug. Now that’s service. If you are so inclined, you might thank the W3C for doing the right thing quickly, and with grace.

Museums and the Web 2004

Museums and the Web 2004, a prestigious international conference about culture and heritage on-line, will be held in Washington DC and Arlington Virginia, USA, between 31 March and 3 April 2004.

The conference will open with a keynote address by your humble author, and will close with a plenary session featuring Peter Samis, of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, on “Making Sense of Modern Art at Five.”

To attend at the lowered “regular” cost, kindly register by 15 February.

Highlights from recent Daily Reports

A List Apart No. 170
Bobby van der Sluis: Exploring Footers (controlling vertical positioning in CSS layouts). Jeremy Keith: JavaScript Image Gallery (a quick, easy way to make a one-page gallery that uses JavaScript to load images and their captions on the fly).
CSS Validator Changes the Rules is Broken
The W3C’s CSS validation service has accidentally changed the way it interprets CSS authoring practices. Many sites that were designed valid no longer validate when run through the service via standard linking methods. These sites are still valid per the CSS2 spec. The trouble is not with the authoring method used, but with the validator, which suffers from a long-standing bug. It needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Until it is fixed, workarounds are available — although you might find some of them more trouble than they are worth. An in-depth Report for designers and developers. [Note: Within days of reading this post, a few of the volunteers who maintain the W3C’s CSS validation service went in and fixed the bug.]
A List Apart No. 169
Brian Alvey: Everything I Need to Know About Web Design I Learned Watching Oz. Stuart Robertson: CSS Design — Custom Underlines.
Don’t Design on Spec!
No matter how juicy the potential project, it is never a good idea to produce designs on spec.
Design: Chip Kidd
A mid-career retrospective on the excellent and influential graphic designer.
Creativity: Alfred Hitchcock
Best Hitch bio ever.

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