Web Development

Favorite XHTML/CSS Book

So a question to all… what’s your favorite XHTML/CSS reference book/website?


Stylesheet fun

Here’s valid XHTML Transitional of a webpage.

Several individuals a while back commented on my last design as being “old”, “stale”, etc. So if anyone wants to design a stylesheet, or just wants to see where I am right now, that’s it. Yes I know the logo is a dead image, but the logo depends on the design itself a bit.

If anyone’s stylesheet is actually chosen as a primary (or alternate) design, you’ll of course get a mention here, and on the website during the initial relaunch. Need printable, PDA, etc.

All submissions become my irrevocable transferable property, you get credit in the stylesheet’s source (don’t go crazy, size is important)… So if your an aspiring designer, feel free to hack away.

Or if you just have a few comments on a “feel” or usability issue, I of course welcome that as well. I’m serious, I read them, and take them into consideration. People gave lots of good feedback on previous projects I’ve done, so once again I do it. It’s proven to be quite effective in getting better quality.

So. Feel free to leave a comment (or drop an email, as I know so many seem afraid of leaving public comments here).

Thanks to all.


XHTML is coming

Turning this website to be XHTML compliant.

Preview here

It’s not done, but take a look, and let me know what you think. So far it’s a direct port. Though expect some new stylesheets when done.


Flash Killer

I’m blogging to much this week, but I can’t stop.

Daniel Glazman, has showcased how some CSS and JavaScript can be a great alternative to Flash.

I left a little comment:

Perhaps an awesome extension to Composer would be something that would create a GUI to create such effects. Technically, most designers use flash all in similar ways. Why not analyze those a bit, and create a product that does the popular stuff in a non-proprietary way?

Would be neat.

And the reply:

Robert Accettura : absolutely. That’s in my plans.

This is a great thing. Most Flash developers only do one of several things with Flash. It’s the same animations, mouseovers every time. What a great free way to do so, using standard free products in the browser already, and not even leave your web development app.

SVG would be nice too, but until native support is robust and standard in Mozilla, I don’t think that will happen.

Either way, that’s a major development headline.

Don’t get me wrong, Flash is nice. It’s pretty cool actually. But it’s overused, and proprietary. Most of the time it’s completely unnecessary. Flash isn’t needed for a mouseover. That’s a waste. I think with the many new features he’s put into code over the past few months, plus this, he’s got a dynamite app on his hands. One I’m itching to get my hands on. Hopefully he’ll be commiting some code into Mozilla’s CVS sooner than later :-D.


Updated Site

I updated this blog to take more advantage of CSS. Thankfully it did lower the page size a bit, and as there are more posts, it will be even more evident.

Only implemented on the homepage right now.

If anyone has suggestions on compatibility with all browsers (in particular improving the display on NN4), shoot me a line, or leave a comment. Would like to make the site look better in Netscape 4, and older browsers. But don’t want to sacrifice page load.

Also, see something else that can be cut out (without adverse effects to design, or compatibility) let me know.


Were going to CSS, HTML or XHTML

Ok, I’ve gottin quite a few emails, and a few comments on this. I’m going to turn the site a bit more CSS savvy, hence degrading the “experience” a bit more in older browsers. Mainly Netscape 4. Why? Because the page size is to big. I won’t do away with tables 100%. But will greatly reduce my dependency, and the amount of table related HTML being used. The page size on the homepage is just way to big. I think most would agree.

Some stats for the curious…