The Google Browser: Google Chrome (beta)

Looks like the Browser Wars have been rekindled with this new kid on the block. Yes, Google released their oft rumoured browser in the wild.Google ChromeMore info on the Official Google Blog: A Fresh Take On The Browser. And for the technically inclined there’s a comicbook explaining it all. Or skip the hoopla and take Chrome for a testdrive yourself (Windows only for the moment).

“Thank you for taking the survey.” – 2008

A List Apart is repeating last years survey:

The Web Design Survey, 2008Calling all designers, developers, information architects, project managers, writers, editors, marketers, and everyone else who makes websites. It is time once again to pool our information so as to begin sketching a true picture of the way our profession is practiced worldwide.

Take the survey yourself at http://aneventapart.com/survey2008/

“Thank you for taking the survey.” part 2

Back in April A List Apart held a survey among people working in the ‘web-industry’:

The web design survey 2007In April 2007, A List Apart and An Event Apart conducted a survey of people who make websites. Close to 33,000 web professionals answered the survey’s 37 questions, providing the first data ever collected on the business of web design and development as practiced in the U.S. and worldwide.

And *drumroll* here are the final results. Findings From the Web Design Survey

Testing with IE6 and IE7 on a Single PC

Logo Internet Explorer Great news from the people who brought us Internet Explorer. They’ve released a Virtual PC image containing a time-limited WinXP SP2 with IE 6 for all our testing pleasure. No licensing required! And if you don’t have a copy of Virtual PC yet, they’ll give you Virtual PC 2004 for free to run it all.

Logo Internet Explorer Great news from the people who brought us Internet Explorer. They’ve released a Virtual PC image containing a time-limited WinXP SP2 with IE 6 for all our testing pleasure. No licensing required! And if you don’t have a copy of Virtual PC yet, they’ll give you Virtual PC 2004 for free to run it all.

Read the IEBlog on how to run IE6 and IE7 on a single PC.

Note: Haven’t tested it myself yet. I need to do some HD-cleaning first.

ThinkLemon Reset: Part 1.1 – Code Cleanup and Validation

Article: ThinkLemon Reset After having thrown out the CSS last month, I’ve been messing with the templating code that make up this WordPress theme. Though the default Kubrick theme is great, it took me a while to get all bits sorted out. Some cleaning up, re-arranging, looking up, inline documenting, debugging, etc. led to what you’re looking at now. Sound HTML markup (~semantically correct) that happens to validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict.
That last bit was evidently a case of ‘because I can’. But also a target to aim for.

Continue reading “ThinkLemon Reset: Part 1.1 – Code Cleanup and Validation”

Get Firebug!

if ((bWebDeveloper || bWebDesigner) && bFirefox) {

  try {

    var oNewExtension = new cExtension();
    oNewExtension.fetchXPI = fnFetchURL("www.getfirebug.com");
    oNewExtension.installXPI();

    if (oNewExtension.success) {
      console.log("Firebug installed successfully.");
      var oFurtherOptions = getElementById("divTellUser");
      oFurtherOptions.innerHTML = "About FireBug"
      oFurtherOptions.innerHTML += "FireBug Screencast"
      oFurtherOptions.innerHTML += "FireBug Overview"
    }

  }
  catch(e) {

    throw "Next time Gadget, next time!" // Take a look at the lower right corner...

  }

}

Now if only I were able to debug that… 😉

ThinkLemon Reset: Part 1 – Bye bye CSS

Article: ThinkLemon Reset Once in a while one’s got to do the opposite. Instead of filling this site with cruft like CSS and scripts, I felt like going back to the roots. Plain ol’ HTML and getting it right, once and for all… *

I don’t know if spring has anything to do with it, but it seems that everyone’s redesigning their site/blog. Instead of getting into the frenzy myself I’ve set my goal at a more basic level. E.g. getting understood by my friendly neigbourhood search-engine indexer and maybe in the process people who don’t/can’t enjoy all the CSS/Script stuffing (screen-readers/PDA’s/Mobile/…).

Where’s this going? I don’t know. I do know that the scripts, div’s and what else I deem unnecessary are up next. 😈
Don’t worry. In due time the CSS/Script will return. Think of it as a live experiment or “Eating my own dogfood“.

* Wishfull thinking in progress

Firefox ACID2 compliance on its way

ACID2 Reference image Now, after Safari, iCab, Konqueror & Opera 9 beta, it’s Firefox’ turn to comply with the ACID2 test. David Baron has built a special development version of Firefox that fixes some rendering issues that kept it from complying before. You can see the screenshot of ACID2 in action on his Flickr account.

Now, why is seeing a smily face a good thing? Well, hopefully, this will bring about full cross-browser handling of CSS. And hopefully the times of hacking around for browser differences is coming to an end. IE7 fixes a lot of CSS-bugs, but apparently is not fully compliant to all CSS-standards. So the questions remaining: When will it be incorporated in the regular Firefox? When will IE(7) comply?

Photoshop + Fireworks: Where to from here?

John Nack on Adobe: Photoshop + Fireworks: Where to from here?:

Now that Adobe and Macromedia have come together, we’re busily planning our next moves, and it would be great to get your input.

If you’re a webdesigner/-developer this is an interesting read. Lots of thought for food here.

(BTW, John Nack is the Senior Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop. So let him have it. ;-))

Extend Firefox Contest Winners

The grand prize winners of the Extend Firefox competition are in. One of them is the one I use on a daily basis. In fact it’s the biggest reason why I’m using Firefox as my main browser. Props to Chris! 🙂
But IMHO the Web Developer toolbar is only usefull for us web developers (and people who are affiliated to them). Anyway, here are the three winners:

Grand Prize Category Winners:

I’ve installed Reveal and am evaluating as of writing. Can’t say I like it. It’s … just bizarre. 🙂