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New iPad Browser: Coast by Opera

Yesterday Opera announced the release of its newest browser, Coast, built specifically for iOS tablets (I would say just iPads, but if my fridge gets an iOS tablet UI then I’d be wrong and will have paid too much for a fridge). Background Recently Opera moved away from Presto as…

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Tags: Apple, Blink, browser, mobile, Opera, standards, touch, UX

Speaking at WordCamp Buffalo 2013

This Saturday I will be speaking at Buffalo’s second WordCamp. Last year was a great day-long event filled with many good speakers (not just me!), so I am looking forward to being an attendee as well. If you are new to WordCamp Buffalo, a quick overview: WordCamp Buffalo is a…

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Tags: print, speaking

Infographically Disinclined

I don’t care for infographics. Their original purpose of visually conveying otherwise complex information has been superseded by their current use as marketing drek with “quirky” illustrations, blocks of prose, and the occasional useful factoid. The love affair with inforgraphics is confounding to me as a web developer. They are…

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Tags: accessibility, design, infographic, rant, standards

My Carousel Use Stats

I started this post way back in March after reading Brad Frosts’ bit on carousels. Then I let it sit unfinished. With the buzz around ShouldIUseACarousel.com this week, I figured I’d finish it up. The data is old, although I offer updated numbers at the bottom. The Process I looked…

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Tags: accessibility, analytics, design, mobile, rant, touch, usability, UX

Backing Up Your Social Media

Social media outlets are practically a dime a dozen. Excluding ones that are pretty stable right now (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), most of them will either fail or get bought. The problem is that your data, your content, typically dies when they do. As an individual you might not care too…

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Tags: Brightkite, Facebook, picplz, rant, RSS, social media, Twitter

Screen Shots of Win8/IE10 Media Query Values

There is a nifty tool at MQtest.io which gives you a breakdown of how your device reports features you might use for media queries. To use the tool’s own explanation: This test isn’t about what media que­ries your device can or cannot see (but it does show an ‘unsupported’ label…

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Tags: browser, css, Internet Explorer, Microsoft, mobile

Google Needs to Provide Android App Interstitial Alternative

Yesterday Matt Cutts from Google tweeted that Google search results for users on smartphones may be adjusted based on the kinds of errors a web site produces (of course I was excited): Important: if your website has smartphone errors, we may change rankings for smartphone users: goo.gl/x8R4A #smx— Matt Cutts…

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Tags: apps, Google, html, mobile, rant, SEM, SEO, standards, usability

My Kingdom for Decimal Alignment on Numbers

This post isn’t proposing any solutions (although I do toss out a hack). This post is a rant that I hope helps influence browser makers. Background Much of my web work isn’t for public facing web sites. Often it’s for enterprise-level software that is deployed via the web and used…

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Tags: browser, Chrome, css, Firefox, html, Internet Explorer, Opera, rant, Safari, standards

IE10, Metro, and Media Queries

The image on the left is IE10 in desktop view, on the right is IE10 in Metro view, both on the same device and at the same dimensions and screen resolution. I worked pretty hard on our corporate site to test on as many devices and browsers as possible, trying…

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Tags: css, Internet Explorer, mobile, standards, touch

My Presentation Slides: Making Your Site Printable

On Friday, May 17 I had the pleasure of speaking for the first time at Stir Trek, a one-day conference in Columbus, Ohio, that drew over 1,200 attendees (and I understand sold out in just a few minutes). Apparently the name is a reference to the MIX developer conference, for…

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Tags: css, html, print, QR, slides, speaking, standards, UX

Balancing Act: Features, Budgets & Timelines at Web Standards Sherpa

As of today I am an author over at Web Standards Sherpa. I wrote an article discussing the process of juggling a no-budget, tight-timeframe web site for Buffalo Soccer Club while still trying to adhere to best practices. The article is titled “Balancing Act: Features, Budgets & Timelines.” I get a…

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Tags: accessibility, clients, css, html, mobile, print, project management, standards

Don’t Use Global Browser Stats

When I say “global,” I don’t necessarily mean the whole world, but really any aggregate pile of numbers for browsers that aren’t culled from your own site or project. With IE6 finally fading (which many developers will claim is a result of their IE6-blocking sites), the ire of developers has…

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Tags: browser, clients, Internet Explorer, rant