No, I haven’t gone mad. A Purple Cow is a term used to define something that stands out from the crowd, because let’s face it, a purple cow really would. This is the subject of an interesting post by Oleg at Six Revisions about ways the you – as a designer – can push yourself
Information is cropping up today showing that Firefox’s market share is now slightly higher than Internet Explorer, based on December 2010 figures. What’s interesting about it though, is that Firefox’s edge isn’t due to Mozilla’s marketing, but rather Google’s. Chrome has seen a slow, but steady increase in usage over the last year, and its
Hot on the heels of Yahoo’s festive gift to its employees of 5% job cuts, the Internet giant has laid plans to axe its social bookmarking platform, Delicious, five years after acquiring it from developer, Joshua Schachter. Other services that Yahoo have deemed to have been naughty (not nice!) are Yahoo Buzz, AltaVista, Yahoo Picks,
This awesome jQuery plugin lets you arrange elements on the page in a true grid pattern, rather than floating left and right and clear:both-ing that you have to do with CSS. Check out the link for some practical applications of the plugin, as well as detailed step-by-step instructions for implementation.
This handy blog site has a tab with all the neat new things you can do with CSS3, with visual examples where appropriate. In addition to this, there’s a great tester page which will check compatibility of your current browser against CSS3 selectors. When I checked, Firefox, Opera and Chrome all passed with flying colours.
The mootools extension, MooPlay, lets you create and customise your own video player for use with HTML5 videos. It features all the controls you’ve come to expect from Flash-based players; like play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, fullscreen mode, loading progress bar, volume control, time played/remaining and even has support for subtitles.
The British Standards Institution recently released official guidelines on making websites more accessible for the disabled, as well as older surfers. Also included in the release (catchily named BS 8878) are recommendations on accessibility testing using automated tools. And really, why would we want to exclude these people from our sites? Unless they are using
Getting your head around the box model for CSS can be a bit of a mind-bending exercise for many people. Just try to explain it to a friend who doesn’t already know much about it, and you’ll see what I mean. Its not that its a difficult concept to grasp, its just very fiddly to