March 2010 - Broken Links Archive

Create a studio-style backdrop with CSS3

Site­point’s Web Design blog fea­tured an arti­cle this week called Cre­ate A Stu­dio Style Back­drop In Pho­to­shop, which pro­vides instruc­tions for mak­ing a glossy, reflec­tive sur­face effect, sim­i­lar to what you often see in adverts.

As the title makes clear, the tuto¬≠r¬≠i¬≠al is for cre¬≠at¬≠ing the effect in Pho¬≠to¬≠shop ‚ÄĒ but real¬≠ly, the same effect is fair¬≠ly eas¬≠i¬≠ly achiev¬≠able with some bleed¬≠ing-edge CSS. That said, it won‚Äôt work in every brows¬≠er, so cur¬≠rent¬≠ly it‚Äôs just a proof-of-con¬≠cept piece.

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The importance of semantics on the web

We, as web­site mak­ers, quite often advise our clients to avoid gener­ic link text (read more,click here, etc.), and explain that more ver­bose descrip­tions help give con­text to users with screen read­ers. But using seman­tic link descrip­tions actu­al­ly helps everyone.

I recent­ly read Peter Morville’s fan­tas­tic book, Ambi­ent Find­abil­i­ty, which defined real­ly well the moti­va­tion to use seman­tic descrip­tions for links: they give the tar­get page about­ness.

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I‚Äôve updat¬≠ed my Speak¬≠ing page to include more con¬≠fer¬≠ences, more videos, and a lit¬≠tle on my speak¬≠ing require¬≠ments and pref¬≠er¬≠ences. I‚Äôm plan¬≠ning to cut down on the num¬≠ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter¬≠est¬≠ing offers and oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ties, so please get in touch if you‚Äôre organ¬≠is¬≠ing an event.

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