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Archive for February, 2007

Thickbox

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

ThickBox is a webpage UI dialog widget written in JavaScript on top of the jQuery library. Its function is to show a single image, multiple images, inline content, iframed content, or content served through AJAX in a hybrid modal. http://jquery.com/demo/thickbox/ Look at the demos, that’s pretty slick.

Free YUI Hosting

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

A few days old now, but Yahoo! has just recently announced they will be providing free hosting of the yui javascript libraries. Which is great news, if this fits your security policy. Ultimately, I’m happy to see them doing this, as it makes a lot of sense in terms of caching and keeping your application [...]

Managing your Email

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

I’ve posted about this a few times already. While the “12-steps” pokes a little fun, it’s unfortunately true. A couple of my favorite snippets from the 12-steps: Deal immediately with any e-mail that can be handled in two minutes or less but create a file for mails that will take longer. Again with the files. [...]

CSS Practices

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Cascading Style Sheets: they take patience and must be understood. Otherwise you can get destructive and counterproductive. Where is the example? .feature-list {} We’ve got a feature list that is used in several contexts: detailed, compact, expandable, etc. If that is the case, you need to use the cascade or specificity here. .feature-list.detailed {} .feature-list.compact [...]

Inconsistent Interpretation with Web Development Best Practices

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Over the years, I’ve come across many web developers that have inconsistent interpretation of what best practices are. In most cases it’s a lack of knowledge at no fault on the individual. I don’t want to risk sounding elitist, but I’m generally current on new methods, formats, tools, and “standards“. I’m one of those guys [...]

User Experience Design

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

How do you know you have the ‘knack’? How can you measure it? How can you prove it? While at Web Directions North I was fortunate enough to take in a presentation by Jared Spool from User Interface Engineering. When he said something to the effect: successful experience design is invisible Which coincided with: successful [...]

Wii “Everybody Votes Channel” Channel

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Just updated the Wii with another “channel”. The Everybody Votes Channel, what a great way to keep us all hooked on our Wii’s. That is, if you were not already hooked. ;) On a side note, did you know that transferring your Mii to another Wii was done using the remote? I can see it [...]