July 2008 - Broken Links Archive

EOT as a new standard: too late?

Microsoft are try­ing to get peo­ple inter­est­ed in the old EOT embed­ded font for­mat by sub­mit­ting it to the W3C as an open stan­dard. Font foundry Ascen­der Cor­po­ra­tion are behind them. I think this would­n’t be an issue now if Microsoft had sub­mit­ted this as an open stan­dard five years ago, but that it may be too late now that their rivals are going down the route of font link­ing.

Are URLs on their way out in the UK too?

Back in March of this year I read the arti­cle Japan: URL’s Are Total­ly Out, which showed the trend amongst adver­tis­ers in Japan to for­sake URLs and instead show a search term (read the arti­cle; it explains bet­ter than I can).

So I was intrigued when I saw what I believe may be the first instance of this strat­e­gy being used here, for Orange’s new “I am” campaign:

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Professionalism in web standards

I’m slight­ly late with this, but I was hap­py to see that Opera have launched their first Web Stan­dards Cur­ricu­lum for teach­ing best prac­tice in client-side devel­op­ment. With devel­op­ers in the Nether­lands set­ting up what could well be the world’s first front-end pro­fes­sion­al guild, and a full British Stan­dard for acces­si­bil­i­ty in the works, the signs are promis­ing that we’re enter­ing into a new phase of pro­fes­sion­al­ism in web development.

Anime with CSS and Webkit

Recent­ly I’ve been think­ing about Webkit’s CSS Ani­ma­tion mod­ule, and play­ing The World Ends With You on the Nin­ten­do DS. TWEWY is a JRPG with lots of sim­ple Ani­me-style cutscenes, and it occurred to me that they must be quite easy to recre­ate using CSS Ani­ma­tion; so, I have.

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The Ideal Website for Textpattern

As I want­ed to learn about Textpat­tern which many peo­ple speak so high­ly of, I decid­ed the best thing to do would be to cre­ate a theme for it. My first effort is an adap­ta­tion of The Ide­al Web­site Word­Press theme; any­one so inclined can down­load a copy of it from textpattern.org.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, what I learned is that Textpat­tern is not suit­able for most of the projects I work on. It’s easy to work with, but does­n’t have the flex­i­b­li­ty I require.


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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