Note: If you’re looking for the comment Tantek has made about the CSS validator, due to archiving changes on this site you may now find it here.
If you haven’t been to the Zen Garden in a while, go! The current front page set of designs (Hedges through to Not So Minimal) is absolutely amazing, and way exceeds my vision of what this would become. Everyone who has submitted so far ought to be proud; this is a quite a thing we’ve got here.
As well, the translations list is growing. Twelve languages are complete, and I have four more in the works. I’ve learned a lot working with foreign character sets, and I’ll write about my findings in the future. For the time being, take a look at Jukka Korpella’s thoughts on multilingual authoring for the web, written after his experience translating the Garden to Finnish (coming soon!)
It’s getting a bit harder to keep up with the volume of submissions. I work with almost every designer to bring their work up to Zen Garden standards, and I’ve tried to give as helpful and constructive criticism as possible to the work that doesn’t make the cut. I have at least 10 submissions on hand right now, some will make it, most won’t. That’s 10 people I have to spend 5 to 10 minutes writing back; it adds up.
How am I doing so far? Consider this a chance to voice your opinion about the way I’m running the Garden. I’ve made many small changes along the way thanks to feedback, and I’m open to more. Just remember — I can tweak non-display code like titles and accesskeys, but there are far too many designs to modify structure. §
Seamus Leahy is at it again. Reminiscent to the Literary Moose’s CSS Destroy table experiments (look for ‘A Rose of Winds’), he’s come up with some really interesting alternative table formatting for browsers that can handle CSS-2’s Table Model. §
For anyone looking for a slightly less ambitious challenge than the Zen Garden, Nic Steenhout has written me about a contest he’s running. The Internet Bonsai Club is looking for a CSS makeover. 500 people a day visit his site, so it could be some rather respectable exposure. Take a look. §