Devices come in all shapes and sizes, and pivot between portrait and landscape orientation. Desktop and laptop browsers can also be contorted into all sorts of shapes. It’s time to stop ignoring short (and tall!) viewports and start using them to creative and user-pleasing effect. Anthony Colangelo shares why and how.
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In most browsers it's possible to hijack a link after a user has clicked it, making phishing attempts much harder to detect.
“The purpose of DRM is not to prevent copyright violations. The purpose of DRM is to give content providers leverage against creators of playback devices.”
@supports rule recently added to the CSS Conditional Rules Module and landed in WebKit stands to be a powerful tool in a web developer’s belt, but there are some major doubts. UAs aren’t known for claiming “support” only when they truly support a feature in a fully interoperable and bug-free way. Could this potentially exciting addition to CSS be doomed from the outset?
The IA Summit is one of the longest-running and most welcoming web conferences out there, and it’s one of our favorites for user experience professionals and information architects. This year's event takes place April 5-7 in Baltimore, Maryland. If you happen to be in the area or can travel there, we’re even giving away a free pass—just for commenting on this post.
In a market that has historically been very slow to adapt to browser technology, StatCounter shows a significant drop in IE6 usage, and a more recent (but also significant) uptick in Chrome.
On Wednesday afternoon the Times rolled out an experimental approach designed to enhance discussion by adding structured data.
IE9 has a feature called Browser Modes that attempts to simplify cross-browser testing by emulating how a site would render in a real copy of IE7 or IE8. It’s available within IE9’s Developer Tools. While it’s a good idea in theory, in practice these emulated Browser Modes create more trouble than benefit.
On March 13, Adobe unexpectedly added a chapter to the story of the fading of the PC, when it announced that it would be closing down its BrowserLab service effective… March 13.
Some site improvements (you can now log out at will—go nuts).