I attended the Accessibility 2.0 conference, held in London on 25th April, 2008.
This post is a summary of some main points from each session, including links to notes from others, as well as slides from presenters. Continue reading
Microsoft recently announced an add-on to Office 2007 to let people search for commands by typing it in if they can’t find it in the new Ribbon user interface.
I find it interesting that a number of interfaces are now offering “shortcuts” to mouse clicking everywhere.
Is typing become the new clicking? Continue reading
What a pleasant surprise to see the onenaught.com logo nominated for a logo design award at David Airey’s Logo Design Love Awards web site. Continue reading
A little while back the web development blogs were abuzz with Microsoft’s announcement that IE 8 will, by default, render in IE7 mode, so as not to “break the web.”
Well, it seems that the IE team have decided to change that decision, and decided that IE8 will, by default, interpret web content in the most standards compliant way it can. Continue reading
Just as web developers want to use standards on the client side, standards such as XSLT on the server side may be an efficient way to create good quality markup and other web output.
It can help avoid the hard coded or hard to edit HTML strings that are often seen in server side templates and scripts.
As an open standard, XSLT is reasonably universal, and skills can be easily transferable.
Some people don’t like it or have had bad experiences with it in the past.
But it can be a very powerful tool in the developer’s toolbox. Perhaps it is worth giving it another look?
This article looks at why XSLT could be useful as part of the View in an Model-View-Controller pattern, its benefits and potential drawbacks. Continue reading
A couple of XSLT profilers have recently been announced.
One by Microsoft, and one by PHP for the up-coming PHP 5.3.
The PHP one is interesting as it can be invoked from within your PHP code thus profiling actual run time XSLTs. Continue reading
PHP 5 in general has been a good improvement over PHP 4, but those used to full blown object oriented program languages such as Java or C# may find some OO features still lacking in PHP 5.
PHP 5 has the usual things, such as classes, interfaces, abstract classes, inheritance, etc, but some useful programming constructs have been missing, though PHP 6, under development, aims to rectify that.
However, it seems that many of those features are going to be brought forward to the up-coming PHP 5.3 (which may make it more likely that it will get installed by web hosting companies sooner than they would likely go for PHP 6).
Sitepoint has an excellent summary of the features. The list of features include: Continue reading
So Microsoft announced a way to support standards without “breaking the web.”
The challenge they had was to find a way to “enable (and encourage) interoperable web development, but don’t force IE to break pages that work properly in IE today.”
They eventually settled for a <meta>-based “opt-in to the browser version I tested with” strategy.
What this means is that if you as a web developer want IE 8 to render according to their best implementation of standards then you opt in by adding a particular meta element into your HTML (or send down a similar HTTP header in the response).
In other words, for web developers trying to do the right thing they must pay a small “don’t-break-the-IE-web tax!”
Many prominent web developers and designers have been highly critical of this. But, ironically, is this actually a positive thing in the long run? Continue reading
ASP.NET is a leaky abstraction because it tries to hide away some of the details of HTML markup generation for you when sometimes you need to know about the underlying markup.
In doing so, it is too easy to create ASP.NET sites that violate web accessibility guidelines and contain unnecessary markup bloat. In some cases, ASP.NET makes it really difficult to create the exact output you need. But there are a some options to address this problem. Continue reading
No sooner had I written about how Internet Explorer currently slows down web development, the IE team have announced that IE8, under development, is now rendering the Acid2 test correctly.
This is a great step forward. Continue reading