Jens Oliver Meiert

Web Development (7)

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 .

The World’s Best HTML Template

…again, exclusively, and as long as HTML 5 is in progress.

Post from April 29, 2008, filed under .

Why “Reset” Style Sheets Are Bad

Jonathan set the pace, Eric countered, a few people chimed in, and me, having criticized reset and undo style sheet criticism back in January, feels obligated to repeat that reset style sheets are bad: A novice should not use them, an expert would not use them…

Post from April 19, 2008, filed under .

CSS: All Properties from CSS 1 to CSS 3

What would HTML do without CSS? And what is an index of all HTML elements without an index of all CSS properties? To fix the latter I present a continuously updated index of all properties specified in CSS 1, CSS 2, CSS 2.1, and CSS 3, including all their initial values…

Post from March 27, 2008, filed under .

Website Optimization Measures, Part III

Jens on quality assurance again, this week featuring the link density challenge, updated ping service lists, improved WordPress plugins and security, revised layout grids, font karaoke, and more prominent update information. Hot and spicy as always.

Post from March 17, 2008, filed under .

Great CSS Techniques and the Simple Truth Behind Them

There’s a simple recipe to judge CSS techniques: Does the method in question require HTML additions and modifications beyond introducing IDs or classes? If yes, the technique likely is not very elegant and might be inadvisable…

Post from March 11, 2008, filed under .

The Secret of Maintainability

Keep it simple.

Post from March 7, 2008, filed under .

“helvetica, arial”, Not “arial, helvetica”

Unless you really want Arial and not the better Helvetica font, please use the order helvetica, arial in your CSS font declarations, not the all-so-common arial, helvetica.

Post from February 20, 2008, filed under .

Website Optimization Measures, Part II

Now that we talked about blog clean-ups, structure and element revisions as well as search engine verification in part I, here are some additional suggestions, small measures for improvement consisting of .htaccess stuff, SEO, and consistency checks…

Post from February 15, 2008, filed under .

Website Optimization Measures, Part I

Permanent focus on QA requires an occasional website review, not necessarily always a “redesign” or “relaunch.” This week I spent some time analyzing, refactoring, and optimizing my personal sites. I thought to share a few things for inspiration and discussion…

Post from February 10, 2008, filed under .

CSS: Selector Variables

Complex projects suffer from higher cost of selector changes, and long sequences of simple selectors do impact the understandability and efficiency of style sheets. One solution could be selector variables or “synonyms,” a concept I proposed to the CSS Working Group …

Post from February 7, 2008, filed under .

Choke Web Development Framework 1.0

After years of thorough research I may finally present the “Choke Web Development Framework 1.0,” Choke or CWDF in short. Choke is an easy-to-use, easy-to-maintain, and future-proof platform for web design and development, and it includes everything you need to build great websites…

Post from November 13, 2007, filed under .

User Agent Style Sheets: Basics and Samples

CSS budgets for default formatting of documents by the user agent style sheet concept, a cornerstone of the cascade. It means that a web browser doesn’t just present a line of text when it’s fed with an HTML document that has no styling information attached…

Post from September 22, 2007, filed under .

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