July 2008 Archives - 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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