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  • Why Don’t You Code for Netscape?

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    Long considered the Holy Grail of web design, “backward compatibility” has its place; but at this point in web development history, shouldn’t we be more concerned about forward compatibility? ALA makes the case for authoring to web standards instead of browser quirks.

  • CSS Design: Size Matters

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    Everything you think you know about controlling text sizes on the web is either wrong, or else it doesn’t work. In this much-bookmarked ALA classic, UI designer and CSS Todd Fahrner provides a way out of the mess by showing how to make CSS font size keywords work – even in stubborn browsers that get CSS wrong.

  • Flash’s Got a Brand New Bag

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    Consumers love shopping. Designers love Flash. You do the math. Developer Michael Cardenas shares tips to help you get started building Flash-based e-commerce sites.

  • Omniweb and Standards

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    Omniweb, a promising new browser for Mac OS X, has been much praised for its elegant interface and beautiful antialiasing of text. But how does it fare with web standards like CSS and the DOM? To find out, Waferbaby puts newly released version 4.1b1 through the paces.

  • Mac Browser Roundup (with Håkon Lie and Tantek Çelik)

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    We test drove and reviewed the new Mac browsers, then asked browser makers Håkon Lie of Opera and Tantek Çelik of Microsoft to respond to our comments.

  • MSN, Opera, and Web Standards

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    Håkon Lie, the father of Style Sheets and CTO of Opera, debunks Microsoft’s claim that web standards have anything to do with the blocking of Opera and Mozilla users from MSN.com. Lie’s eye–opening commentary includes a chart analyzing all 63 top–level pages at MSN.com in terms of standards compliance.

  • “Forgiving” Browsers Considered Harmful

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    By hiding the need for structure that the web will require as it moves toward XHTML and XML, “forgiving” web browsers have helped breed a world of structural markup illiterates. Eisenberg examines the damage done.

  • From Table Hacks to CSS Layout: A Web Designer’s Journey

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    Redesigning A List Apart using CSS should have been easy. It wasn’t. The first problem was understanding how CSS actually works. The second was getting it to work in standards-compliant browsers. A journey of discovery.

  • Much Ado About Smart Tags

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    Microsoft's proprietary Smart Tags: Boon or bane? Kaminski digs deep beneath the hype and paranoia in an extensive assessment of what Microsoft hath wrought.

  • Daemon Skins: Separating Presentation from Content

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    There ’s more than one way to skin a website. Newhouse demonstrates creative scripting techniques that give viewers and designers the control they crave.

  • This HTML Kills: Thoughts on Web Accessibility

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    Activist Jim Byrne sounds off on the importance of web accessibility, and the difficulty of doing it right.

  • Dr. Strangeglobe: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The W3C.

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    Can the mysterious Dr Strangeglobe save the WWWorld from a conspiracy to contaminate our precious liquid layouts? Erika Meyer takes a non-standard look at the W3C in this charming yet educational spoof of the Kubrick classic.

  • Suckerfish Dropdowns

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    Teach your smart little menus to do the DHTML dropdown dance without sacrificing semantics, accessibility, or standards compliance or writing clunky code.

  • Walking Backwards: Supporting Non-Western Languages on the Web

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    And you think you?ve got problems. Try building web sites in a bi-directional language like Hebrew or Arabic. Israeli web developer Shoshannah L. Forbes discusses the mind-boggling hardships involved, and looks at what the latest browsers are doing about it.

  • Fear of Style Sheets

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    “No-fault CSS” can help you work around frightened clients, buggy software, and readers who still love last year’s browser. In Part One of a series, Zeldman walks you through the fear.

  • Why IE5/Mac Matters

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    It complies with two key web standards. And leaves out two others. It's IE5 Macintosh Edition, the first browser on any platform to truly support HTML 4 and CSS-1. Its accessibility enhancements put the user in charge, and its clever new features solve long-standing cross-platform and usability problems. All this ... but still no XML or DOM. Zeldman explains what IE5/Mac means to the web.

  • Why Gecko Matters: What Netscape’s Upcoming Browser Will Mean to the Web

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    Netscape is about to unleash its new browser, built around the Gecko rendering engine. Theoretically the first completely standards-compliant web browser, Gecko enters a world where most people use IE5 (which is not completely standards-compliant). Is Netscape’s effort too little, too late? Or is it the beginning of a new and better way to create websites? Zeldman articulates The Web Standards Project’s position and explains what Netscape’s browser will mean to the web.

  • Retooling Slashdot with Web Standards Part II

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    In Part I, we showed how Slashdot could save money and reduce bandwidth requirements by converting to semantic XHTML markup and CSS layout. In Part II, we explore how standards-compliant markup and deft use of CSS could make Slashdot and your sites play nicely in print and on handheld devices.

  • Designing for Context with CSS

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    The medium is the message: Imagine providing unique information exclusively for people who read your site via a web-enabled cell phone — then crafting a different message for those who are reading a printout instead of the screen. Let your context guide your content. All it takes is some user-centric marketing savvy and a dash of CSS.

  • CSS Drop Shadows

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    Much used, oft maligned but always popular, drop shadows are a staple of graphic design. Although easy to accomplish with image-editing software, they’re not of much use in the fast-changing world of web design … until now.