Thursday | April 1, 2004


Update: Yeah, it was all a lark. A gag. A joke, if you will. Poisson d'avril, everyone. Archived for your pleasure: Home Page, Entry page. Thanks for playing along, it was great fun.

If you're really good, I'll tell you how we pulled it off tomorrow. (references to Stopdesign below removed so Google doesn't take this out of context. It's all a joke, after all.)

I won’t spare the niceties: what [removed] have done is disgraceful and unprofessional.

For a so-called “Design Consultancy” to rip off the work of another for its own site shows a total lack of regard for others in the profession, and undermines — no, cheapens — the industry as a whole.

What makes this particularly heinous is that not two weeks ago, [removed] had the audacity to talk about CSS Theft in front of a packed conference room at SXSW2004. In one ear, out the other…?

A sad day for those of us working on the web. Please feel free to go over to [removed] and make some noise in protest.

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Wednesday | March 31, 2004

IE Slowdown = Standardization

Think about it.

What makes CSS development so aggravating? Inconsistency across the browsers.

Which are the worst offenders? Older browsers, and Internet Explorer.

What’s happening in today’s browser market? Absolutely everything is making leaps and bounds in improving its CSS support, except Internet Explorer.

The install base is slowly but steadily moving away from 5.0 browsers. One day we’ll reach the point where we don’t have to officially support them anymore, and can give them the NN4 treatment. Not today, not tomorrow, maybe not in the next 2 years. But it’s coming.

Given every other browser’s improvement, this is what we’ll enjoy one day (assuming production-site-ready CSS, and not bleeding edge) — testing against the standard, and testing against IE. That’s two, instead of today’s 5, 8, 12, or 23.

Internet Explorer’s slowdown is a nuisance for sure, but it’s hardly tragic. Thanks to progressive enhancement and MOSe, the web will become segregated between the haves, who get to experience the high-end visual effects and extra usability tweaks, and the have-nots who get plain vanilla content with a far simpler style.

It’s a shame that the latter category is so large, but welcome to the next ten years.

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Friday | March 26, 2004

Standards-Based Education

In a former coal town on the western Canadian coast, nestled in a protected harbour which makes the surrounding area a boater’s paradise, inaccessible from mainland North America save for an hour and a half ferry ride, I received one of the most encouraging signs in a while that standards-based web design is really catching on.

I had the absolute pleasure of spending a leisurely hour ferrying across the Georgia Straight one morning earlier this week to Malaspina University-College on Vancouver Island, then running an afternoon workshop with Jim Rutherford’s Digital Media class. And I’ll say this about the experience — it’s positively uplifting to hear that there are instructors out there who have shelved old-school design methods in favour of standards-based design, and are seeing their students respond in an overwhelmingly positive way.

New this year, the course syllabus has started to heavily promote standards-based design, and as the semester draws to a close it’s proved so successful that a complete 3-credit web standards class is in the works for next year, as well as a heavy bias in this direction across the rest of the course.

This is just fantastic news. I haven’t had my finger on education’s pulse in a while but I mistakenly assumed it’s as bad out there as you’d expect. Instead we have shining examples like Malaspina leading the way, and molding their students for a better web of tomorrow.

It was an honour to go and talk to a class who I suspect could have shown me a few new CSS tricks. (And look at their portfolios, wow.)

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Tuesday | March 23, 2004


too many OS X windows

Those aren’t Post-Its. That’s Simon Willison’s Exposé setup. God bless OS X.

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Friday | March 19, 2004

The Price of Theft

The relative ease of stealing someone else’s CSS-based design has been at the top of my radar over the past few weeks. I really don’t have the time to write the analysis I’d like to, but suffice it to say that nobody wants this issue to go away more than me, and no one realizes yet how much of a problem this is going to become over the next few months/years.

What I want to draw your attention to is that, due to a few reasons revolving around re-use of his design, Andy Budd has asked me to remove his popular ‘sub:lime’ design from the CSS Zen Garden, the former #046. I have complied.

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Thursday | March 18, 2004

Hi-Fi Design with CSS

And at last, the transcript of my own panel from Monday. Enjoy!

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Monday | March 15, 2004

CSS: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

I took pretty aggressive notes during the panel that came after mine. Enjoy!

(You can tell I was paying more attention to the two people who were talking about things I hadn’t heard much about before; less notes from their portions. Both were very good.)

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Saturday | March 13, 2004, 8AM PST

SXSW 2004

To spare those not here this year, I’ll contain my entire SXSW experience in this post and just keep updating it. Chronological, with the most recent events up top. I expect it to get lengthy and full of photos, so you’ll have to pardon the cut, but I’m sure you know what to do.

I feel so blog.

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