AJAX, Flash or HTML? (or HTML 5?)

HTML, JavaScript and AJAX are not only used for normal web sites and web applications but often for general applications that happen to use these technologies as a delivery mechanism. This latter type of application is ideally meant to be a desktop app, but issues such as deployment, upgrading, and installation, especially in corporate-wide scenarios leads to use of web technologies instead. But HTML, JavaScript, etc were not built for these kinds of applications. So, what about Flash or even HTML 5? HTML 5 is still not meant for those apps, but Flash can be, if desktop apps are still not possible due to some of these constraints. Continue reading

Fixed, Fluid, or Elastic Width Layouts?

Although this topic has been discussed many times before, and many people now use modern web standards and techniques, fixed width layouts are still prevalent. While sometimes necessary, it can often be less flexible for different users. This post briefly looks at various layout options such as fixed, fluid and elastic, describing the pros and cons of each. Continue reading

Should Web Developers Avoid WYSIWYG Editors?

For professional web developers, WYSIWYG editors are usually inappropriate, because they may encourage bad practice; may not give the developer full control of the output they need to create; is the wrong paradigm when seemingly competing requirements for web sites are considered; and many WYSIWYG editors rely on Internet Explorer which produces poor quality markup. Fortunately, being able to hand edit your markup output is not only easier than it may initially appear, but gives you flexibility to get what you need. Continue reading