Amos Newcombe’s Weblog

2008 June 26 Thursday

Flexible Layouts: Challenge For The Future

Filed under: Web design — anewc2 @ 15:20

This article is a guest post written by Dirk Jesse, the developer of YAML (Yet Another Multicolumn Layout), an (X)HTML&CSS framework which explains his motivation for YAML in the last paragraph of the article. This article is supposed to initiate the discussion about the need for more flexible layouts in modern web design and explain why flexible designs are still important — even despite the Full Page Zoom-functionality implemented in most modern browsers.

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2008 June 21 Saturday

Faux Absolute Positioning

Filed under: Web design — anewc2 @ 7:46

CSS layout is awesome, except when your layout calls for a header, a footer, and columns in between. Use float, and content changes can cause columns to wrap. Use absolute positioning, and your footer can crash into your columns. Add the complexity of drag-and-drop layouts, and a new technique is needed. Enter “faux absolute positioning.” Align every item to a predefined position on the grid (as with absolute positioning), but objects will still affect the normal flow (as with float).


Hide Your Shame: The A List Apart Store and T-Shirt Emporium is back. Hot new designs! Old favorites remixed! S, M, L, XL. Come shop with us!

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2008 June 10 Tuesday

Links 6/10/08 from Naked Capitalism, but this is really for the picture

Filed under: Uncategorized — anewc2 @ 8:24

Dolphins die after mass stranding BBC

Is Google making us stupid? Nick Carr, CNet

Blogging–It’s Good for You Scientific American. The conclusions seem based on a flawed, indeed romanticized notion of what blogging (at least the most widely read forms, with political as #1, is about).

Is Steve Jobs … Gimli? Paul Kedrosky (hat tip reader Dwight)

Energy Hedge Funds Missing Oil Boom Wall Street Journal (hat tip Felix Salmon). So they don’t get it either.

The Conference Board Has a New Employment Index and It Sees More of the Same Common Sense Forecaster

Japan’s De-deindustrialization? Econospeak

Antidote du jour:

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2008 June 5 Thursday

Style Switchers Are Back: Ideas, Examples and a Contest

Filed under: Web design — anewc2 @ 12:42

Style Switchers, from Smashing magazine.

Hmmm. The fact that a lot of users, especially windows users, see the Unison site with much larger fonts than I typically do when I am designing it. But not all. The browser can change font sizes, for those that know about it. But a style switcher would make it more explicit. This article shows you how.

Style switchers are used to provide users with a choice of layouts, fonts, colors and views they can use to adapt the design to their personal needs. Designs with style switchers are more flexbile, more adaptive and more user-friendly as different visitors can quickly modify the design for their personal convenience.

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