October 2007 - Broken Links Archive

Mozilla Prism: Am I missing something?

Although they did­n’t cre­ate the con­cept, Mozil­la pop­u­larised tabbed brows­ing with the release of Fire­fox. Tabbed brows­ing is, of course, a very good thing; the old IE mod­el of hav­ing a sep­a­rate win­dow for every instance of a site you open became unman­age­able when com­put­ers got more pow­er­ful and web­sites no longer slowed down the whole machine. Now all of the major browsers fea­ture the tabbed interface.

Which makes Mozil­la’s lat­est inven­tion, Prism, seem a bit of a weird step backwards;

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Bringing out the GIMP

As an Ubun­tu user at home, I don’t have the option of installing imag­ing soft­ware such as Pho­to­shop. Luck­i­ly, the best free and open-source alter­na­tive, GIMP, has just released a new ver­sion — and it’s fantastic.

While it does­n’t per­haps have quite the myr­i­ad of fea­tures that Adobe’s prod­uct does, it does have every tool I’ve ever need­ed (and a few more besides). Like Pho­to­shop it’s equal­ly good for pho­to manip­u­la­tion and web graph­ics cre­ation; this intro­duc­tion gives a good overview of its func­tions, and there are more detail in the fea­tures and release notes pages.

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This HTML code should be illegal

The web­site www.inventor-link.com says that you are pro­hib­it­ed to link — or even refer — to them with­out their per­mis­sion. Oops. Accord­ing to their terms, you are not autho­rised to even look at their HTML code:

We also own all of the code, includ­ing the HTML code, and all con­tent. As you may know, you can view the HTML code with a stan­dard brows­er. We do not per­mit you to view such code since we con­sid­er it to be our intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty pro­tect­ed by the copy­right laws. You are there­fore not autho­rized to do so. 

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Web standards and the environment

A cal­en­dar­i­al mishap left me think­ing that Blog Action Day was on the 18th Octo­ber when in fact it is, of course, today. It’s 23.00 here as I write this, so I have one hour to write a post and offi­cial­ly get away with it.

So the title of the post is “web stan­dards and the envi­ron­ment”, which at first seems pret­ty incon­gru­ous. To be hon­est, at sec­ond and third it still seems pret­ty incon­gru­ous. But I want to make the case that con­cern­ing your­self with the envi­ron­ment is like con­cern­ing your­self with web standards.

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Microformats: page to phone in a minute

It does­n’t mat­ter how much I try to explain the val­ue of micro­for­mats, a good visu­al demon­stra­tion can show their ben­e­fits bet­ter than I ever could. Here’s a short video show­ing how the Oper­a­tor exten­sion can get infor­ma­tion from a Google search to your mobile phone in less than a minute.

That makes a strong case for micro­for­mats. At least, I’m sold. Now how do we con­vince the oth­er 99% of the world who have no idea what they are?

The CSS Eleven: Style or substance?

CSS Eleven is an inter­na­tion­al group of visu­al web design­ers and devel­op­ers who are com­mit­ted to help­ing the W3C’s CSS Work­ing Group to bet­ter deliv­er the tools that are need­ed to design tomor­row’s web. 

I was unim­pressed when I first heard about the CSS Eleven.

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I’ve updat­ed my Speak­ing page to include more con­fer­ences, more videos, and a lit­tle on my speak­ing require­ments and pref­er­ences. I’m plan­ning to cut down on the num­ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter­est­ing offers and oppor­tu­ni­ties, so please get in touch if you’re organ­is­ing an event.

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