May 2007 Archives — 2/2 — Broken Links Archive

New Labour website launches

Just a day after the Prime Minister announces he’s to step down in June, triggering a leadership contest, the Labour party launches their redesigned website.

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The Guardian gets a modern makeover

I’m very impressed by the redesign of The Guardian; they’ve managed to pull off the complicated feat of having a lot of information and not losing that information in a morass of boxes and links.

The design, based on a six‐column grid, actually reminds me quite a lot of The Onion, although I think it’s even less busy. This article talks about the design process for The Onion; I think it’s had a slight design refresh since this was written, but it’s still an interesting read.

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Andy Budd on the future of CSS

I conducted a Q&A about the future of CSS with speaker/author/developer/etc Andy Budd, which you can read on now.

IE8: Microsoft should carry the legacy burden

Remember the bad old days of “This site is best viewed with Browser X at Resolution Y”, before the concerted push towards web standards? Looks like they could be on their way back.

IE group program manager, Chris Wilson, has said that a “compatible with IE 8.0” scheme may be necessary in order for their next browser to both support web standards and be backwards‐compatible.

Now, I kind of understand their problem; they don’t want to have a whole load of websites appear broken when users upgrade to a new browser. But they’ve got their view of responsibility around the wrong way: site authors should have to opt out of standards in order to support IE, not opt in.

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A MooTools Effects quickstart guide

Update: This is an old post and the information contained in it may be out of date. I don’t use MooTools much any more, so please don’t expect that any of this information is still relevant.

MooTools is a neat little JavaScript framework which grew out of the Moo.fx library. It’s a quick and easy way to add dynamism to your site, from AJAX to animation (that doesn’t seem much alphabetically, I know).

Despite having extensive documentation, however, I felt it was lacking a ‘quickstart’ tutorial — so I decided to write one. This one, in fact. Let me just apologise in advance for any confusion that may arise from this tutorial; I’m not used to writing them, and my JavaScript is a little rusty so I may get some terminology wrong. Don’t hesitate to correct me if you spot any errors.

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I’ve updated my Speaking page to include more conferences, more videos, and a little on my speaking requirements and preferences. I’m planning to cut down on the number of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to interesting offers and opportunities, so please get in touch if you’re organising an event.

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