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The closure of XHTML elements

If you have followed the crowd and abandoned HTML for XHTML, you may have noticed that some elements needs to be closed in your markup. The reason is that XHTML is simply a reformulation of HTML in XML syntax. It’s a subtle but very significant difference between HTML and XHTML.

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A first look at Expression Web Designer

I’ve had a look at the May 14th release version of Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Microsoft’s Expression Web Designer (codename Quartz), one third of the Expression series also including Interactive Designer (codename Sparkle) and Graphic Designer (codename Acrylic). Unlike Interactive Designer that targets WinFX Runtime Components Beta 2, the Web Designer is ready to go straight from the box.

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Naked designs

Recently the CSS Naked Day was held on the net. A lot of sites in the blogosphere were intentionally stripped of their style clothes, revealing the markup behind it. But I still hear a lot of people in the business who haven’t grasped one of the most fundamental aspects of modern web design: separating structure and presentation.

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UltraEdit uses deprecated toolbar

UltraEdit is one of the best text editors out there and I have recently spent some time using version 11. It has a lot of features that will aid the development process, such as Unicode/UTF-16 support and code folding, in addition to the excellent functions already delivered in previous versions.

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Eating my way through Basque country

"Not too bad to wash it all down with a local Txakoli, the young white wine typical of the Basque country."

Getting lost in Yazd

"Navigating on random while surrounded by staring old men, pointing their crooked fingers at the Godzilla Viking in surprise. It feels like I’m walking around in Mos Eisley."

Memories of Skye

"The countryside is charming and some places even have coffee."

The dark days of Sarajevo

"The city survived on the edge of annihilation and has started to recover, but the stone walls still seem to cry out in lament of all the horrible things they have seen."

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."

On the Trans-Siberian

"Since the toilets were locked during the seven hour stop, we had to bribe the provodnitsas to use the facilities. Then came the Mongols."