The classic attitude towards Flash is that while it is an excellent tool for interactive visual effects when applied properly, it is a pain in the back when it comes to accessibility and semantics. This black-and-white view often leads to arguments between the Flash developers and front-end coders.
Posts in category ”Web standards”
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.
Not that I’m a fan of The Eagles, but this awaited list from the IE team simply “could be heaven or this could be hell”. Markus Mielke recently published the list we have all been waiting for: CSS details for IE7.
Things have really hit the fan this past week. It all started with Björn Höhrmann leaving the W3C with an open letter, soon followed by an angry reaction by none other than Jeffrey Zeldman and then the snowball really took off. W3C was further questioned by Eric Meyer in Angry Indeed and even Molly played both sides.
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.
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.
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.
I often get the impression that a lot of people seem to think that web standards enforce boring design. I understand the origin of this misunderstanding but I would say it only depends on who’s doing the site.