Building Accessible Websites brings up some interesting points however the harsh commercial reality is that few clients would be willing to pay extra to implement a lot of the methods Joe suggests. ... Read More
I’ve just relinquished $750 for the pleasure of attending the Web Essentials Conference held on 30th September & 1st October at the University Hall, University of Technology, Sydney and featuring three renowned international guest... Read More
Large corporations like Chevrolet and Microsoft are leading the way by embracing web standards (CSS, HTML) in their recent site redesigns as reported by Eric Meyer and The Web Standards Awards. Web developers and large corporate clients can no longer... Read More
The first in Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass is the best fantasy novel i’ve read for some time. Finally an author adventurous enough to not use stereotypical characters like elves, dwarves, trolls, dragons etc on... Read More
There are many similarities between Bill Bryson’s Notes From a Small Island and The kingdom by the Sea by Paul Theroux. I prefered Kingdom By the Sea because although Bryson was wittier, it was hard to empathise with his abrasive, somewhat crude... Read More
Just installed the ‘Recent comments’ & ‘Most Commented’ Wordpress blog plugins into the right hand side column of this blog. A useful addition to show which posts are attracting the most attention. ... Read More
Recently my Palm Zire 21 crashed and reset itself to factory standard mode so It didnt show my personal contacts, datebook, and 3rd party applications. I wasn’t worried because I knew I’d recently Hotsync’ed with my PC so I could... Read More
As an exercise in keeping my skills sharp I decided to see how far I could optimise this website’s CSS (cascading style sheet), and set out a basic set of principles to follow when writing CSS to keep the code concise and with as little repitition of values as possible.
After a mere 15 minutes I reduced the old style sheet from 4,267 bytes to 3,470 bytes in the new style sheet, a 19% reduction. While the size reduction is not a huge benefit in the scheme of things, it does mean that I can change certain values that are common to many page elements like font-weight : bold; to another value eg: font-weight : bolder; in one place and have the change made though all the grouped elements at once, rather than having to change it half a dozen times in different selectors throughout the stylesheet.
Bearing in mind that the CSS had already been optimised to some extent when first coded … these are some of basic principles I applied: Continue reading Basic CSS Optimisation Principles
Enabling mod_rewrite in Apache webserver 1.X is surprisingly easy because it is included in the installation, and just disabled with a # in front of its module configuration lines in httpd.conf So all you have to do to enable mod_rewrite is : Open... Read More