Jens Oliver Meiert

Web Development (8)

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 .

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 .

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