June 2008 Archives — Broken Links Archive

IE8’s WebSlices — another practical Microformat

One of the new features already announced for IE8 is WebSlices; essentially, the ability to subscribe to any part of a web page, even if it doesn’t have an RSS feed. It sounds somewhat similar to Firefox’s Microsummaries feature*, although it’s a) easier to implement, b) more flexible, and c) not buried in the browser where no‐one could ever find it.

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Immediate uses for Microformats

One of the hardest things about Microformats is explaining their benefits to people. You can say “It’s a standardised format of marking‐up content, which is both human and machine readable!” until you’re blue in the face, but until you can show people a practical benefit they usually remain unmoved.

Luckily there are a few tools out there which will help you show off the benefits of using Microformats, and involve little work from you.

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New features in Firefox 3.1 & beyond

While Firefox 3 is a really fast & usable browser, I was a little disappointed by the (comparative) lack of really new features in the rendering engine; that’s not to say there aren’t any, as there are plenty, but that Safari 3.1 and Opera 9.5 have set the bar very high in their latest iterations.

So that’s why I was delighted to hear about the 3.1 release of my favourite browser, and doubly delighted when I found out which features the team are planning to work on for inclusion in it:

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Grid alignment without frameworks

When building a small site or blog template with a grid‐based layout I find ‘CSS frameworks’ such as Blueprint and YUI Grids are overkill; they contain a lot of extra CSS rules which I don’t use. They are (in the vernacular) like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

What I do instead is much simpler; I use an extra stylesheet just for testing, and a single PNG image tiled across the background.

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CSS3 selectors implemented in Firefox 3.1

Not only did I correctly predict Firefox 3.1, but one of my visions was that they implement the remaining CSS 3 selectors — which has just been announced. My uncanny powers are beginning to scare me.

What I saw at @media 2008

As is customary (or as customary as ‘twice’ can be), here is a quick round‐up of the sessions I attended at @media this year, with links to slides where available (which, as I type this, is pretty much unavailable).

Sessions which I found particularly interesting should be covered in more detail later, and I’ll update here as I find more presentations.

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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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