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Web Development (7)

WDR #2: Web Developers Needed for a Website

The Web Dev Report, issue #2, this time featuring a classic situation.

Post from November 25, 2008, filed under .

How to Uncover Pseudo-Standardistas

There’s a growing and annoying group of developers that don’t quite help healthy attempts for more accessible, faster, more maintainable, and best practice web development: pseudo-standardistas. There are several ways to expose pseudos…

Post from November 20, 2008, filed under .

WDR #1: Versioned Style Sheets

Ladies and gents, all I present’s… the Web Dev Report, issue #1.

Post from November 15, 2008, filed under .

5 CSS Tips Every Web Developer Should Know About

Of all the many tips this site already shares, the following ones may still be special. Let’s scan what might be essential for every web developer to know about CSS. Main focus: maintainability, differently.

Post from November 11, 2008, filed under .

Website Optimization Measures, Part V

Almost half a year since my last article it’s about time to present version 5 of random website optimization measures, hopefully of use for your site as well. Short and crispy, to use a random German saying.

Post from November 3, 2008, filed under .

An Exercise for Emerging CSS Experts: Avoid IDs and Classes

To gain more expertise with CSS, there’s a great bonus level: Try avoiding IDs and classes altogether. That’s right, write your markup without any IDs and classes.

Post from October 21, 2008, filed under .

The Most Annoying Yet Most Important Task in Website Management

…is link checking. There are tools out there, en masse, so it is just annoying to run after professionals who either don’t know online basics or how to set up redirects, and with that waste other people’s time.

Post from October 16, 2008, filed under .

Code Responsibly

Exactly: Code responsibly. And contribute if you like to.

Post from October 9, 2008, filed under .

Accessibility Heuristics

Just having updated my German article on accessibility heuristics it looked useful to share the guidelines over here as well, albeit in a short form. It’s a hat tip to respective documentation by the W3C and IBM.

Post from October 7, 2008, filed under .

Web Standards at Google

As an exception, I’m writing as a Googler here: At Google, we care about web standards. Officially, that’s no news, but given repeated criticism for the code of our pages, maybe it is.

Post from October 2, 2008, filed under .

The Most Important Thing Is to Get the HTML Right

Why? Because it’s the markup that makes for the most code of a site and is hence key to cost efficiency and maintainability, because it carries meaning and is important for accessibility, because it often has an impact on performance, and because it is the prerequisite for online success.

Post from September 26, 2008, filed under .

When Guidelines Should Be Descriptive or Prescriptive

Every time I’m putting up guidelines and standards one of the decisions I need to make is whether or not the guidelines, or which parts of them, should be descriptive or prescriptive. For coding guidelines this could mean the difference between, say, “the markup should be valid” and “the markup must be valid”…

Post from September 13, 2008, filed under .

How to Share Code with Users

If you share HTML/CSS code with users: Make sure that the code is valid and that ideally, it works in both HTML and XHTML. Focusing on valid code—a step towards quality code—should be obvious. “Invalidating” other people’s sites isn’t nice…

Post from September 8, 2008, filed under .

To Be Clear (on Conditional Comments and Resets)

My articles on both Conditional Comments and “reset” style sheets belong to the most popular contributions regarding that matter not just on this site, but apparently on the Web. I appreciate the discussion…

Post from August 24, 2008, filed under .

Best Practice for ID and Class Names

I’m working on another article for German Dr. Web mag, this time covering recommendations for IDs and classes, an issue likely as old as the Web itself. Taking a different approach than usual I’m feeling free to publish a “guerrilla sneak preview” in this place.

Post from August 12, 2008, filed under .

A Few Words on HTML/CSS Frameworks

Public, or open, or external, HTML/CSS frameworks are never a good idea. Why? Because those framework developers are outside of your organization and cannot know your needs. This simple fact, the inevitable ignorance of a third party…

Post from August 5, 2008, filed under .

Yes, You Can Use HTML 5

You can already use HTML 5: Just use <!DOCTYPE html> as your HTML documents’ document type. This works even though you will not yet benefit from new elements or attributes…

Post from July 8, 2008, filed under .

10 Measures for Continuous Website Maintenance

Website maintenance and quality assurance mean the backbone of high quality offers of information, and they represent the difference between an amateurish or professional approach to web design and development…

Post from June 24, 2008, filed under .

When Validation Becomes Unimportant

Validation becomes unimportant only once you’re ahead of the game. Even then, truly mastering HTML and CSS, it’s best to stick with valid markup and styling. Improving latency might constitute the only exception, ever.

Post from June 16, 2008, filed under .

Optional Tags in HTML 4

For your convenience, here’s a list of all optional tags according to the HTML 4.01 Strict DTD. Omitting these tags allows to save markup and thus file size—if you choose to. I created this list because even nine years after release of the HTML 4 specification…

Post from June 1, 2008, filed under .

Über-Semantics

Premasagar recently published a great demonstration of what can be considered “über-semantic” code. I guess we can thank the microformats community which carefully avoids to rely on the semantics of HTML elements but…

Post from May 27, 2008, filed under .

Tip: vi Configuration

Long story short: It’s easy to modify vi editor’s standard configuration. The most useful changes probably relate to encoding (UTF-8 preferred) and display of line numbers…

Post from May 25, 2008, filed under .

Less Is Still More

Time and money spent on making things worse is something I find absolutely fascinating. Allow me to elaborate, and to start with some HTML newsletters: Hours are spent writing supposed content, creating and decorating mockups, working around email client limitations…

Post from May 21, 2008, filed under .

CSS: Simple Rules for Better Organization and More Efficiency

“Organization is not everything, but without organization, everything is nothing,” one of my teachers used to say. Almost everything benefits from organization, and so does work with CSS—especially when working with many people…

Post from May 15, 2008, filed under .

Website Optimization Measures, Part IV

Once again, though already covering a few weeks of various improvements. Some have been implemented in Bremen, others in Zurich, all on some of my sites. Enjoy additional optimization tips, this time touching typography, usability, SEO, and performance.

Post from May 5, 2008, filed under .

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