Jens Oliver Meiert

Web Development (8)

Microformats Would Benefit from a Pseudo-Namespace

Microformats become more and more popular, accelerated by the questionable success of the nofollow microformat. However, those of them dictating class names cause unnecessary problems that could be avoided by using a “pseudo-namespace.”

Post from September 13, 2007, filed under .

Are You a Web Designer or a Web Decorator?

This has bothered me for for a long time, it popped up when I thought about art and design, and it had to get out when Roger asked whether we were designers or developers…

Post from August 24, 2007, filed under and .

HTML: All Elements from HTML 1 to XHTML 2.0

Continuously updated index of all elements defined by the HTML 3.2, HTML 4.01 (covering all document types), XHTML 1.0 Strict, XHTML 1.1, HTML 5, and XHTML 2.0 specifications and drafts.

Post from June 30, 2007, filed under .

Arguments for the “style” Attribute

The HTML Working Group is currently arguing about dropping or keeping the style attribute. To encourage discussion outside the Working Group, here are the reasons I see to keep @style

Post from June 27, 2007, filed under .

A Plea for Better Software: Provide Auto-Save

Applications do rarely automatically or periodically save users’ work. They thus fail to prevent unnecessary, frustrating, and expensive loss of work and information. Since this isn’t just a but a critical problem, we need to encourage application developers and owners…

Post from June 25, 2007, filed under .

Load Time, the UX Factor: Facts and Measures

Load time of websites seems to remain our industry’s stepchild, but the vision is real-time surfing, not keeping up with bandwidth. There are still some facts and measures to consider when it comes to efficient websites with a certain ease of use. Here are eight, to be exact.

Post from June 21, 2007, filed under .

WCAG, HTML, and CSS: Maybe the Standards Need a Break

The web development community worries about the development of WCAG, HTML, and CSS (about the latter only since recently). These worries and the related criticism appear to be valid and legitimate—there are problems with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines…

Post from June 15, 2007, filed under .

Requirements for Website Prototypes (and Design Systems)

Best practices for HTML, CSS, and DOM scripting based website prototypes, covering essential requirements from accessibility to universality, and including definitions, pros, and contras. Derived from a recent presentation.

Post from June 9, 2007, filed under and .

10 Steps to Create a High-Quality Website

A valuable source of information does not fall from the sky, and it’s impossible to create in a few easy clicks. In setting up a website, one needs goals, content, structure, design, programming, and maintenance. What one needs is expertise…

Post from May 10, 2007, filed under and .

On Updating a Book (Webdesign mit CSS, 2nd Edition)

I’m still working on the second edition of Webdesign mit CSS. And I can say: I like this work, though updating a book’s more challenging than starting from scratch. It looks like less work at first, but that work’s different.

Post from May 3, 2007, filed under and .

.htaccess: 7 Useful Ingredients (Plus Bonus)

Right on, here’ some helpful constituents of any decent .htaccess configuration file, based on my experience with quite a few lightweight projects. It’s a pretty simple collection and you’re surely aware of some of these things…

Post from April 12, 2007, filed under .

25 Excellent Usability/UX Articles and Resources

Today I thought I’d share some of the most valuable usability and user experience articles and resources I know, in a somewhat wild mix. Since there’s presumably enough to read and talk about later, please just welcome some great articles and research papers…

Post from March 30, 2007, filed under and .

Photos Make Websites More Credible

An important finding of Stanford University’s work concerning web credibility is that “photos [can] make websites more credible.” A prior study of B.J. Fogg et al. again revealed that “a photograph of an author had significant effects on how people perceived the credibility […]”…

Post from March 28, 2007, filed under and .

CSS Practice: Pseudo-Namespaces in Complex Projects

Working in complex projects or in projects that don’t provide a good overview of forthcoming page types and elements may require a defensive strategy for writing CSS. Such a defensive strategy strives for certain safety measures to ensure better maintainability…

Post from March 21, 2007, filed under .

Why I Love DreamHost

No kidding. Almost unconditional love.

Post from March 13, 2007, filed under .

“Valid CSS” and Similar Claims Are Unprofessional

You know them. “Valid CSS” here, “Valid HTML” there, coronated with some nifty “WAI AA” button. When these website claims hold true, that’s just a great thing. Unfortunately, those compliance (even if validity doesn’t equal compliance) and quality claims have no place…

Post from March 9, 2007, filed under .

Hire Only Web Designers with a Website

…is a good rule of thumb when you need a web designer or developer. Though it’s not necessarily the most important criterion, the benefits must be obvious. Web designers who also own websites are more likely to be close to the medium…

Post from March 6, 2007, filed under and .

HTML: Semantics of “title” Element Content

I already proposed that in October 2005, and I see the need for bringing it up again: It would be useful to allow other elements within the title of an HTML document. Why? You otherwise cannot denote abbreviations and stuff, the meaning gets lost…

Post from February 26, 2007, filed under .

Print Style Sheets: The Basics (for No Excuses)

There are no excuses for not having at least a simple print style sheet. Period. And if you’re already on the web standards track, things are dead simple.

Post from February 21, 2007, filed under .

Word Division: On “word-break”, Soft Hyphens, and Zero Width Spaces

Word breaks and hyphenation are sometimes a problem when it comes to little available space but long words: The longer the word and the less space available, the more a layout is “in danger.” English appears to be less affected than other languages…

Post from February 8, 2007, filed under .

Why “Conditional Comments” Are Bad, Repeat: Bad

“Conditional Comments” (CC) are an inadvisable thing to use. In fact, they contradict the goal to separate structure from presentation, and they will outrun you one day. But first things first. For those (happy) developers who don’t know what…

Post from February 1, 2007, filed under .

QA: On Errors, and Why Paying for Errors Pays Off

A pseudo-scientific approach that is intended to improve websites and services, and which is applicable almost anywhere.

Post from January 20, 2007, filed under and .

Web Design: 15 Important Research Findings You Should Know

A small selection of web design, usability, and accessibility related results of research, most of them derived from Human Factors International. Some of them are relatively known, while others may enrich our professional self-understanding…

Post from January 13, 2007, filed under and .

Internet Explorer Filter or Hack Using Character Escapes

Searching for a valid and “safe” way to circumnavigate some nasty problems in Internet Explorer I discovered this filter that does not work in any version of IE (including IE 7)…

Post from January 9, 2007, filed under .

Evangelists, Focus on Standard Ad Code

On the quality of online ad code. And what has to be done.

Post from January 7, 2007, filed under .

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