August 2008 - Broken Links Archive

IE8 Beta 2 — first impressions

Last night Microsoft announced the release of the sec­ond beta of Inter­net Explor­er 8, which is no doubt very sim­i­lar to the final release ver­sion. You can down­load it from (notes on upgrad­ing).

Web­mon­key have a nice round-up of the new fea­tures, so I won’t both­er repeat­ing that; instead, here are my first impres­sions after an hour or so’s use.

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W3C Markup Validator now supports HTML 5

A new beta of the W3C Markup Val­ida­tor has been released, and the best news is that it sup­ports the HTML 5 doc­type, <!DOCTYPE html>.

This doc­type will trig­ger stan­dards mode in all cur­rent browsers, so you can start using it straight away*, secure in the knowl­edge that you can still val­i­date your code.

* Note: See the first com­ment, below.

Book review: Microformats, by John Allsopp

I’ve just fin­ished read­ing John All­sop­p’s book ‘Micro­for­mats: empow­er­ing your markup for Web 2.0′, and thought it deserved a review here — marked up, of course, with hRe­view. I was giv­en a free copy at the recent Micro­for­mats vEvent, but hope that has­n’t coloured my review at all. Markup for the review was gen­er­at­ed by the hRe­view cre­ator (and slight­ly mod­i­fied by myself).

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hAtom implemented site-wide

Just imple­ment­ed phase one of my mark-up plans, by imple­ment­ing hAtom across the site; you can check it with Opti­mus, although be aware that it’s Opti­mus that’s pro­duc­ing the errors, not me! Of course there’s no mas­sive ben­e­fit in my using hAtom at the moment, but a lit­tle fur­ther down the line I’m sure I’ll be grate­ful — plus, it’s good practice.

Mark Boulton to redesign Drupal website

Mark Boul­ton Design have been select­ed to redesign, the web­site of the Dru­pal CMS. I’m a big admir­er of Mark’s writ­ing about design and typog­ra­phy, and I think it’s excit­ing that a big open-source project is going in this direction.

Now, if we could get him to design the Dru­pal user inter­face (as Veer­le Pieters is doing with Expres­sion Engine), that would real­ly be something.

Interesting examples of sitemaps

I’ve been doing quite a lot of site map­ping recent­ly, and look­ing for a way to escape the stan­dard boxy top-down view. In search­ing for exam­ples of dif­fer­ent ways to present the infor­ma­tion, that are pleas­ing to look at but still imme­di­ate­ly con­vey mean­ing, I found a num­ber of inter­est­ing examples.

Below are the pick of the results, along with a few that don’t quite work, and some old stand­bys. I want­ed to include images to illus­trate this, but in most cas­es the license did­n’t allow.

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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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