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HTML5 kills <time>, Resurrects <u>

The HTML5 specification as managed by both W3C and WHATWG is an unfinished, incomplete specification that can change at any time. That isn’t a criticism, it’s just a statement of fact. It’s a fact often ignored by people and companies who choose to implement it and then cry foul when…

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Tags: accessibility, html, rant, standards, W3C, whatwg

Twitter’s t.co Continues UX Failure of Link Shorteners

It’s been a few weeks since Twitter moved to its own link shortening service for tweets. Originally the shortener only kicked in for tweets over 18 characters, but Twitter recently moved to have it affect all URLs in tweets. Twitter’s argument was that this allows Twitter to reduce the number…

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Tags: internet, rant, social media, Twitter, usability, UX

More Samples of Responsive Web Design ≠ Print

When the guy who coined the term “Responsive Web Design,” has written a book about it, and is well regarded throughout the industry is asked to name his 20 favorite responsive sites, you should expect top-notch examples of sites that use CSS to respond to nearly any medium. Except that…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, css, design, mobile, print, rant, standards, usability, UX

Detecting Mobile Devices — Don’t Bother

Since I started working on the web (and was slowly coaxed to the world of Netscape from Mosaic and HotJava), clients have asked me to find ways to adjust how a page behaves based on what browser the end user has. Before campaigns like the Web Standards Project (WaSP) took…

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Tags: browser, css, design, mobile, standards

Print Styles Forgotten by Responsive Web Developers (at evolt.org)

This article was originally posted on evolt.org, an online resource for web developers, maintained by web developers. I have granted evolt.org the right to use this article on its web site, and it is the only entity with the right to reproduce it. As web browsing technology continues to change…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, css, design, mobile, print, rant, standards, usability, UX

Amazon Silk, Yet Another Web Browser

Amazon’s long-awaited tablet/e-reader was formally announced today, and the conversations about whether or not it will compete the iPad are underway. I don’t much care about that. I am far more interested in the web browser that it includes. Amazon Silk is a new web browser, built on Webkit, and…

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Tags: browser, Chrome, Firefox, html, internet, Internet Explorer, mobile, Opera, standards, touch

Web Accessibility Sorta-Infographic

WebAIM is a non-profit organization within the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. It has a reputation (perhaps only in my head?) or providing resources both to the disabled and to organizations enlightened enough to want to support the disabled (or selfish enough to recognize they will…

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Tags: accessibility, infographic, usability

Social Media Spam Sorta-Infographic

Today’s sorta-infographic contains four pie charts, one of which is supposed to show a range, and the other three are ostensibly based on 12 hour clocks. Despite it’s clip-art-style graphics, it does provide some pretty interesting factoids and comes with accompanying text to explain the graphics and provide more details.…

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Tags: infographic, privacy, social media

Patent Wars Sorta-Infographic

I’m giving in to the cool hip trend of infographics that has been popping up like pinkeye across blogging and tech sites lately. These infographics are typically nothing more than data points (sometimes just narrative) strewn about with mathematically suspect charts or somewhat-related design elements. But they seem to draw…

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Tags: Apple, Google, infographic, Microsoft, patents

We Really Still Have to Debunk Bad SEO?

I’ve been doing this web thing from the start (sort of — I did not have a NeXT machine and a guy named Tim in my living room) and I’ve watched how people have clamored to have their web sites discovered on the web. As the web grew and search…

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Tags: Bing, clients, Google, rant, search, SEM, SEO, Yahoo

Followers, Likes and +1s as Meaningless as Hits

One of my un-fondest memories from my early days of web development was the constant client request for web site counters at the bottom of a new web site. Trying to explain to clients that showing a rather low number of visitors might not be something they want to brag…

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Tags: Facebook, Plus, social media, Twitter

Thoughts on Muse (Obvious Pun Avoided)

I downloaded and installed Adobe’s new web design tool, Muse (code name) (also at Adobe Labs) out of morbid curiosity. Just like Adobe Edge (which refuses to launch), I had very little expectation that this would be a fully-developed sales-ready product. Instead of getting into extensive detail about the quality…

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Tags: accessibility, Adobe, css, design, html, JavaScript, SEM, SEO, standards