A new project, MACCAWS, aimed at making a commercial case for adopting web standards has just launched. The aim is to provide a
Validation Kit that will enable web developers to convine their financial bosses that investing in a standards based website is the right decsision commercially. The project seems to be initially taking the path of producing a white paper to that lays out the commercial case for web standards, with an emphasis on ROI.
While thinking about the project I remembered a comment I made a short time ago in response to an article on the MCU,
Making web site accessibility a bottom line benefit is what will drive the accessible web into the mainstream. The MACCAWS project has reminded me of the statement I made and reaffirmed my commitment to doing my part to help make the web a more accessible place to be.
I’ve finally gotten around to adding a couple more templates to my CSS layout collection. The new templates are designed for use in on-line discussion forums, I’ve provided both threaded and unthreaded templates depending on the type of discussion board you are implementing.
Work is keeping me pretty busy at the moment but I am really enjoy getting to grips with some different technology (I usually develop using ASP), I’m looking into PHP, MySQL and Zope at the moment.
Well just to say I’ve been on holiday in madrid, hence the lack of updates to the site. I do have better things to do than to post regularly while I’m on holiday. Rest assured that I am in the process of sorting through my photos etc and will no doubt be posting a few of them on the site. In the meantime take a look at the site of my new employers steam & speed. I’m going to be working for them during the summer period where i’ll be programming back end stuff in ASP. Well that’s all for now.
A few month ago Microsoft came under fire for shutting out users from their popular MSN site, now they’re telling users of the latest Mozilla browser that they should upgrade to a newer browser, Netscape 4.08 or later.
I came across this while my girlfriend was using my computer to sign up to a new hotmail account. I have the newly released Mozilla 1.0 installed as my default browser so she was using that, next thing you know she saw an interesting message
Back to their old tricks? Looks like Microsoft have turned back to their lockout strategy, they may let browsers like Opera through, only after serving them a different “you should upgrade” page, but it seems like they are overly reliant on dodgy browser sniffing technology (or particularly targeted sniffing?) Whatever there doing I found it hilarious that they suggested I should upgrade to Netscape 4.08, yeah right.
Not the only one This technique have also been developed independantly by at least two others, check out Inigo’s version and Porter’s version. Yep CSS trickery is on it’s way up.
The long awaited relaunch of the WebStandards web site has taken place today. Theold site concentrated it’s evangelistic efforts towards the people programming the new wave of web browsers, the second phase of the web standards project is directed more towards those creating the websites.
A New Buzz? The relauch is intended to change both the scope and the attitude of the project. Introduced is a new blog populated by many of the new members of the WaSP team. The next few days look as though they are going to be quite interesting, with regards to webstandards.
While I was browsing today I came across a link on Craig Saila’s site that pointed to a site containing some alternate splash screens for the Mozilla browser. This prompted me to add another of my own splash screen designs. The first two splash screens I designed were quite subdued, my latest effort is similar but it is a little darker. The thumbnail images below link to bitmap image files, this is the file type which is needed for the splash screen customisation to work.
The latest version:
, [jpeg version]
The orignal efforts:
, [jpeg version] & , [jpeg version]
If you’ve been using the Mozilla browser you should be familiar with the splash screen that appears while the browser is loading (at least on some platforms). Personally I’m not a big fan of the screen, luckily there is a way to change it.
Instructions for the Windows Distribution: Put a bitmap image called mozilla.bmp in the folder where you’re mozilla executable is located. That’s it. Here are a couple of sample bitmap files I’ve quickly knocked up Splash screen one [based on a graphic from the Mozilla ODP] & Splash screen two.
It’s even got partial CSS 3 Support, but still a bit buggy As well as claiming support for CSS1 and 2, Mozilla is also claiming to partially support CSS3. Full support is of course impossible as CSS3 is still a work in progress. I discovered what I think is a bug today, reported it as bug number 149602.
Yes it’s finally happened Mozilla 1.0 has been released. I moved up to Mozilla RC3 a few days ago and now its all happening again! This release of a fully mature browser is an important step in the Mozilla story. It has been a long time coming but now it is here a real challenge to Internet Explorer can occur, not to foster fragmentation of the web (such as during the “Browser Wars”) but to promote standards based design among web designers.
My brother was reformatting the hard disk of his computer the other day, why he felt the need to take the casing off the computer while he was doing it I’ve no idea, here are some photos.