Amos Newcombe’s Weblog

2008 July 20 Sunday

Web 0.9: Clueless in Seattle

Filed under: Web design — Tags: — anewc2 @ 15:57

[Transcript of an exchange I had with KIRO TV in Seattle. Note the reverse chronological order.]

Thanks for your quick response. The link is on the word “company”. Frankly, when you refer to a company, and part of that text is a link, I expect the link to go to more information about that company. When it goes to an advertisement instead, I start to think that the advertiser is so worthless that they have to fool people into clicking on their link.

I know you’re in the media business, where the advertisers are the customers and the viewers are the product, but it’s really counterproductive to treat the marks too obviously like marks. You’re lucky in my case, because I live across the country, I don’t watch TV anyway, and nobody reads my blog. But eventually chickens are going to come home to roost. Your product has feelings, and doesn’t like to be disrespected.

“We didn’t post any links in the story”

Example #2 of how you’re doing it wrong.

Amos Newcombe

On Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Unger, Megan (CTV-Seattle) <> wrote:

Hello Amos,

Thanks for writing.  Was the link to which you were referring to in the
word fuel?  We didn’t post any links in the story, but we do have an
advertising service that does occasionally post outside links in our

Thanks again,

Megan Unger

Web Content Editor / KIRO-TV

—–Original Message—–
From: []
Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2008 4:59 AM
To: !CTV SEA – Webstaff
Subject: Web Form Submission





 Amos Newcombe


 The link in this story: is broken. It
takes me to some unrelated site instead.
 ^^^^^^^^^^^ {ts ‘2008-07-20 06:58:53’} ^^^^^^^^^^^


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 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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2008 May 6 Tuesday

100 Killer Web Accessibility Resources: Blogs, Forums and Tutorials

Filed under: Web design — anewc2 @ 14:24

100 Killer Web Accessibility Resources: Blogs, Forums and Tutorials

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