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Amaya Goes OSX Native

Also relates to Browsers

Yes, the Amaya team at the W3C just released the first native version of Amaya Web Browser for OS X last week. As well as a smooth aqua facade, all the build tools for XML development (especially XHTML, MathML and CSS) have been congregated into a readily available tool box. A little rusty around the edges but some great improvements and Amaya is rapidly evolving into an excellent authoring tool.

Here is a screenshot of the main Amaya window and supporting annotations window: Screen shot of Amaya web browser and the annotations window

Posted on Jul 19, 2005 at 01:34:49.

Latest WCAG Working Drafts

Also relates to Accessibility

The latest batch of WCAG working drafts were made public yesterday:

Posted on Nov 20, 2004 at 20:04:55. [Comments for Latest WCAG Working Drafts- 0]

Wayback When?

Also relates to CSS Design and Peregrinations

My first steps into the world of web development came in 1997 during my time studying philosophy (and other inter-curricular activities!) at Leeds University. Initially this involved the utilisation of Tripod's online web builder tools. Then, my first big breakthrough came on discovering the view source button and my technique rapidly evolved from simple cut and paste to raw coding HTML. From then on web development became a past-time that I dabbled in when occasion allowed as I added first Javascript and then CSS to my arsenal. The target of my experimentation were two websites: Still Stoked Longboard Skates, which first appeared in late 1997; and the Bore Riders Club which arrived in spring 1998.

The current versions of both these sites, initially revamped in Spring 2002, are built to Web Standards on the front-end with content delivery powered by PHP and MySQL. Still Stoked was enhanced for improved accessibility in Autumn 2003, while the currently Flash intensive BRC site is on a long to do list. Now, thanks to the internet archive Wayback Machine, snapshots of some of the earlier incarnations of both these sites are still available to peruse!

Content Warning! All these snapshots demonstrate poor design practice for today's web. Expect explicit use of font tags, multiple table nesting, Javascript rollovers, extensive unmaintainable code and prolonged download duration (especially on 56K Dial Up)!

Still Stoked has actually been through 5 major redesigns and several minor reworkings over the past 7 years before arriving at the current longboard skates for surfers website.

  1. 28th August 1999 Snapshot - full redesign, original build date unknown
  2. 23rd October 2001 Snapshot - full redesign, original build date early 2000

The Bore Riders website has seen 2 major redesigns in its lifetime prior to the current Severn Bore surfing website.

  1. 16th November 1999 Snapshot - original build date unknown
  2. 7th June 2000 Snapshot - minor colour changes including rather cheesy Javascript powered rainbow text!
  3. 17th December 2001 Snapshot - full redesign completed sometime in 2000

While these relics of a pre-standards web (at least from my perspective - standards have been around a lot longer than these archives) show how not to approach web design and development, I still feel quite proud of what I achieved in those years when I dedicated a weekend here or there to coding. It also acts as an indicator of what I have personally achieved since then in the time I have worked full time in this industry. Also these snapshots ignite memories, especially Pegasus (productions), of my past and the evolution of both Still Stoked and the Bore Riders Club, both well established entities today. Thanks to Wayback for keeping alive these dinosaurs that should have been made extinct a long time ago ;)

Posted on Oct 16, 2004 at 22:46:54. [Comments for Wayback When?- 0]

MyYahoo Brings RSS Home

Also relates to Blogging

MyYahoo now accommodates for RSS Syndication within its customisable UI. Upto 50 feeds can be subscribed to and served up amidst the rest of the media amalgam. With Yahoo's extensive market share, perhaps this will spread RSS to the web masses and finally make it a household name? Oh, and at last I have found somewhere that collates the football results, weather, TV listings and latest Jobs in a usable format. Thumbs up for Yahoo!

Posted on Oct 03, 2004 at 02:46:58. [Comments for MyYahoo Brings RSS Home- 0]

CSS Snippets Volume 1

Also relates to CSS Design

Just noting a couple of useful CSS2 selectors (Standards UAs) and another IE hack to fix rendering:

Binding CSS behaviour of an explicit label and the related form field:

input:hover,label:hover+input,label:hover+br+input {?} 
Displaying update information for inserted content marked up by the <ins> element:

ins[datetime]:before {
  content:'Update: ';
  font-weight:bold;    
}
ins[datetime]:after {
 content: ' [' attr(datetime) ']';
 font-style:italic;
}
ins[datetime] {
  text-decoration:none;
}
Synchronizing Mozilla with IE's rendering of the align attribute for <col> elements:

IE will position cell content based on the align attributes:


<col align="left">
<col align="right" span="4">

For Mozilla a quick selector is required: (Code corrections made - see comments)


td {text-align:right;}
tr:first-child {text-align:left;}

or, slightly more economical:


td {text-align:left;}
td+td {text-align:right;}
Quick fix to IE6 overhang with fieldset backgrounds (relative sizes are arbitary but make the point):

* html fieldset {
  /* \ Not Mac */
  position:relative;clear:both;
  margin-top:1.5em;padding:1em 0;
  /* */
}
* html fieldset legend {
  /* \ Not Mac */
  position:absolute;
  top:-0.8em;left:0.4em;
  /* */
}

All are common-sense really, but someone may find them useful or enlightening!?

Posted on Oct 01, 2004 at 02:12:25. [Comments for CSS Snippets Volume 1- 2]

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