Elsewhere archive

I regularly find interesting links on the web, which I collect on del.icio.us), a website for storing and sharing links. Feel free to add me to your network and/or subscribe to my links.

Sun, 28/01/2007 - 1:02pm.


SmartRetina is a lightfast gesture-tracking platform written in Macromedia Flash 8. It allows you to create interfaces which tracks gestures with a simple webcam and converts them to operations on the computer, e.g. navigating a map.

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Sun, 28/01/2007 - 12:51pm.

Open Source Art from DIVVY/dual

This Open Source project, which is basically a word processor, also captures the non-linguistic clues from when you type. Thus, the way you type is reflected in how the text is presented to you.

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Sat, 27/01/2007 - 2:54pm.

Learning from Social Web Applications

Transcription from the UIE Web App Summit on what designers can learn from the success of Social Web Applications.

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Sat, 27/01/2007 - 1:14pm.

David Cabianca: Why History? Why Bother

Architects are evaulated based on their work, while graphic designers measure themselves by their clients. We can learn a thing or two from architects though: by putting more focus on our work, we can create a more meaningful dialogue between current and

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Fri, 26/01/2007 - 10:06pm.


A digg-like community site which allows you to rate the social impact of its articles. Instead of using community power to gather interesting stories, this uses community power to evaluate companies’ societal involvement. (Via kottke)

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Tue, 23/01/2007 - 8:45am.

The Connection Between Short, Modular and Open

One of the critical aspects of Open Source collaboration is to work on modular, open projects. It’s interesting to see this also happen vor video and law articles on the Internet.

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Tue, 23/01/2007 - 8:33am.

The next iblank

iPoo and iPee on the iPottie.

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Sun, 21/01/2007 - 7:44pm.

Goodbye Gutenberg

A Harvard special on newspaper and journalism in the digital age.

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Sat, 20/01/2007 - 3:39pm.

Jeroen Courmans.com Review

This glowing review makes me blush! :-) Too bad he spelled my last name wrong (it’s "Coumans"). Maybe I should get a nick name.

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Fri, 19/01/2007 - 1:07pm.

Future of Web Design

I’m aiming to go, who wants to join me?

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Thu, 18/01/2007 - 4:23pm.

Event-Driven Web Application Design

Combining the ease of frameworks and the power of web standards to create a new, event-driven application methodology.

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Thu, 18/01/2007 - 4:20pm.

Le Grand Content

"Le Grand Content examines the omnipresent Powerpoint-culture in search for its philosophical potential. Intersections and diagrams are assembled to form a grand ‘association-chain-massacre’. which challenges itself to answer all questions of the universe

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Tue, 16/01/2007 - 4:31pm.


Packet Garden is an experimental artwork that seeks to provide an alternative and accessible approach to visualising daily internet use. And it’s Open Source (built on Python) as well.

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Tue, 16/01/2007 - 8:44am.

Drupal 5.0 released | drupal.org

Hot on the heels of the second release candidate comes Drupal 5.0, just in time for its sixth birthday!

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Sun, 14/01/2007 - 1:50pm.

Welcome to Verdure Thought

The attention to detail is amazing on this portfolio website.

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Sat, 13/01/2007 - 2:09pm.

Firefox 3 Plans and IE8 Speculation - Browsers Heading Apart Again

Is it Browser Wars 2.0? (Or 3.0, depending on how you look at it.) No roadmap or concrete plans are known for IE8, so it’s hard to make a judgement now.

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Sat, 13/01/2007 - 12:10pm.

Simmons College - Boston, Massachusetts

Beatufiul, well-balanced color pallette and composition!

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Mon, 08/01/2007 - 3:40pm.

Walter J. Ong - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Widely known for his treatise on the transition from orality to literacy.

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Thu, 04/01/2007 - 11:23am.

Russell Brown's Photoshop CS2 Tips & Techniques

Lots of useful Photoshop video tutorials here.

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Wed, 03/01/2007 - 7:23pm.

The Dojo Offline Toolkit

It looks like 2007 will become the year in which we’ll get offline storage and offline functionality in web applications.

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Wed, 03/01/2007 - 7:19pm.

Creating Passionate Users: The "Dumbness of Crowds"

On the difference between Collective Intelligence and Dumbness of Crowds.

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Tue, 02/01/2007 - 5:51pm.


A true inspiriation! And I love the bird-talk!

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Tue, 02/01/2007 - 12:27pm.

Timeline | drupal.org

A Drupal module based on the Timeline widget, which enables you to use the Event and Views modules to input nodes with dates and output them in an interactive, dynamic Timeline.

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Tue, 02/01/2007 - 12:24pm.

SIMILE | Timeline

"Timeline is a DHTML-based AJAXy widget for visualizing time-based events. It is like Google Maps for time-based information."

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Fri, 29/12/2006 - 12:01pm.

La Jetee 1962 - Google Video

Yep, the original photo-roman on which Twelve Monkeys is based. With English voices though.

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Fri, 29/12/2006 - 11:58am.

And All That (Transcending CSS) Malarkey

Most CSS books fail to inspire me graphically (I’m looking at you, Eric Meyer), but this is a book which combines technical excellence with graphical excellence!

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Fri, 29/12/2006 - 11:53am.

Codec Pack for all the new Mac Users!

VLC accomplishes the same, but this will enable FrontRow and other Quicktime-enabled apps to use Intel video codecs.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 3:49pm.

Switchy McLayout: An Adaptive Layout Technique

A layout switching method which defines body classes depending on your screen width. The markup stays the same, but the presentation can be changed radically.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 3:43pm.

Avoid Edge Cases by Designing Up Front

A detailed website development process, describing everything from the who, what, where, why, when and how, to a detailed project proposal.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 3:26pm.

Creating web photo galleries in ActionScript for use with Adobe digital imaging software

Development documentation for the format of the XML files and editing the ActionScript for the Adobe Media Gallery.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 3:13pm.

Adobe Media Gallery

Open Source Flash gallery by Adobe.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 12:23pm.

Architecture and Functionality in Content Management

When evaluatiing a content management system, be sure to distinguish architectural differences, since they are fundamental to its functionality.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 12:21pm.

The Complexity of Simplicity :: UXmatters

Thorough discussion on simplicity, what it means and how to design for it.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 12:20pm.

Game Design Theory, Part I

Basic concepts of game theory

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 12:19pm.

Redefining content management

Content management is a process, not a system (CM vs. CMS). As such, it’s about people and technology.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 12:17pm.

Object georiënteerd JavaScript

Dutch article which explains object-oriented programming with Javascript.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 12:15pm.

Microformats - Part 3: Introducing Operator

A Firefox extension which adds microformats support

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 12:12pm.

Microformats - Part 2: The Fundamental Types

Third part on microformats, this time arguing there are some basic types of information which the browser should handle.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 12:10pm.

Microformats - Part 1: Structured Data Chaos

Second part in a series on microformats

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 12:09pm.

Microformats - Part 0: Introduction

Great article series on Microformats.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 12:08pm.

Digital Divide: The Three Stages (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

Nielsen describes three stages of digital divide: the economic, usability and empowerment divide. It’s the last one that we focus our attention on, he argues.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 12:06pm.

Digital Web Magazine - Packaging Design for Web-based Products

Applying packaging design concepts and theory to web-based products.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 12:04pm.

Newly Supported CSS Selectors in IE7

New bag of tricks.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 11:55am.

The Task Analysis Grid

Using a task analysis grid to communicate project milestones, goals, release dates etc.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 11:50am.

Choice of Moment

"Looking at user experience documentation as a form of comic is going to become increasingly relevant as web experiences and interfaces become more complex, subtle, and nuanced." Interestingly, comics are a great medium to look for answers to user experie

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 11:47am.

Improving User Workflows with Single-Page User Interfaces

“Single-page Web applications are much better at supporting complex user workflows than multi-page Web applications are.” Unfortunately, they’re also much harder to code in an accessible way.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 11:45am.

‘Communicating Design’ by Dan Brown

Short review.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 11:44am.

Digital Photography Roundup

If you’re learning photography or are on the market for a new camera, this page is a good resource to start with.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 11:41am.

Evaluation of WYSIWYG-editors- Standards Schmandards

A test on the standards-compliancy of a dozen WYSIWYG web editors. Not surprisingly, none are perfect, although the commercial ones score better then the Open Source ones.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 11:38am.

Project Management Made Easy

A nice roundup of basic project management: setting expectations, making a proper project plan (and have the client sign it off!) and communicating clearly.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 11:27am.

Progressive Disclosure (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

Design pattern to hide complex or advanced features and show them once a user looks for them.

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Thu, 28/12/2006 - 11:24am.

Lessons From The Tipping Point

Nice summary

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Sat, 23/12/2006 - 11:42am.


Wicked drag & drop here! And fun too!

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Thu, 21/12/2006 - 10:42am.

The Morning News

A super-clean website with a modern newspaper feeling.

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Mon, 18/12/2006 - 2:05pm.


Beautiful and high-resolution wallpapers are to be found here, even for dual-screens.

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Mon, 18/12/2006 - 2:03pm.

24 ways: Knockout Type - Thin Is Always In

The solution to fat type in Safari…!

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Sat, 16/12/2006 - 1:58pm.

Codev2:Lawrence Lessig

Lessig used the wiki-version of the first edition, together with all comments, and edited it together for this new version. A truly collaborative effort which brings writer and reader together.

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Fri, 15/12/2006 - 9:29am.

Using an object Element instead of an iframe

This allows you to use a strict doctype in case you need to use iframes.

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Fri, 15/12/2006 - 9:27am.

Doodle Distractions - Baekdal.com

It’s the time for doodling!

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Sun, 10/12/2006 - 5:43pm.

More thoughts on pliability as an aesthetic of IxD

Pliability is the quality of an interaction where there is an immediate appropriate reaction to the physical action a user takes. The more immediate (tight) this action is, the more pliable it is.

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Sat, 09/12/2006 - 6:40pm.

Bring me problems, not solutions

(Web)design is problem solving. If clients put forward requests like "make the logo bigger", they’re giving you solutions, not problems.

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Sat, 09/12/2006 - 6:36pm.

Accelerate your PHP Site in 10 minutes

Speed up your Drupal website with this easy tutorial to install eAccelerator.

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Sat, 09/12/2006 - 6:09pm.

The Ultimate Portfolio

Great collection of tips and guidelines from experts for creating your portfolio.

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Sat, 09/12/2006 - 6:08pm.

Applied Empathy: A Design Framework for Meeting Human Needs and Desires

Part Two: Dimensions, Needs, and Desires

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Sat, 09/12/2006 - 6:05pm.

Applied Empathy: A Design Framework for Meeting Human Needs and Desires :: UXmatters

Part one with a proposal for a true user-centered design methodology, which focuses on five levels of increasingly important "States of Being", three core areas of "Human Activity" and a variety of specific, clearly articulated "Needs and Desires".

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Sat, 09/12/2006 - 5:55pm.

Logan: Production company making people dance

Interview with the studio behind various iPod commercials.

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Sat, 09/12/2006 - 12:49pm.

HoHoHo! : Design : Brand Spanking New

Very nice Sinterklaas present: more then a hundred mini-icons!

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Fri, 08/12/2006 - 5:08pm.

Web Design is 95% Typography (2)

Nice article argumenting that you should spend most of your time designing the typography of your site.

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Fri, 08/12/2006 - 4:54pm.

Onderzoek: 'Flash en audio-video ongewenst'

According to research by SIRC, website visitors aren’t interested in multimedia elements on websites. I’m assuming this is only for content-driven websites.

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Fri, 08/12/2006 - 4:53pm.

SWFUpload beta

If you want a fancy upload widget, you’ll have to use Flash. This library makes it accessible to use such a technique.

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Fri, 08/12/2006 - 4:52pm.

Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop Tutorials & Lessons | Computer Graphics for Illustration Students

Amazing Illustrator work with the tutorials to create them yourself.

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Fri, 08/12/2006 - 4:00pm.

Object-Oriented PHP Part 1: Definition

Series of PHP tutorials for newbie programmers.

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Fri, 08/12/2006 - 3:52pm.

Functioning Form - UI11: The Paradox of Choice

More choice is not always better. This article examines some of the negative effects of more choice, and argues that you should attempt to balance choice with good defaults.

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Fri, 08/12/2006 - 3:49pm.

Innovative user interface design

A closer look at some of the recent interesting interface concepts for the web: slider-based filtering, fisheye menus, treemaps, and drag-and-drop.

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Fri, 08/12/2006 - 3:43pm.

Enter Content Here: Levels of Localization

In order to evaluate and implement localization, common terminology is needed. Similar to the WAI, a three-tired system is proposed for the various levels of localization.

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Fri, 08/12/2006 - 3:40pm.

Color: An Investigation

Good historical overview of color theory.

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Wed, 06/12/2006 - 3:22pm.

Joomla and Drupal - Which One is Right for You?

A nice comparison of Drupal and Joomla, although be sure to read the comments because there are some minor mistakes in it.

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Wed, 06/12/2006 - 10:20am.

'Skirts on signs' in Spanish town

Bridging the gender gap through road signs??!

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Tue, 05/12/2006 - 4:53pm.


Great humorous collection of handdrawn charts on infocards.

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Mon, 04/12/2006 - 8:13am.

Web 2.0 pixel art

By eBoy. See how many logo’s you can identify?

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Wed, 29/11/2006 - 5:15pm.

Mootools Primer/Tutorial » Clientside

A Mootools development tutorial, filled with (Firefox-only for now) examples.

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Wed, 29/11/2006 - 5:15pm.

The Anatomy of a Vector Illustration - Part One

Nice tutorial for vector illustration, explaining all the basic concepts.

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Wed, 29/11/2006 - 11:40am.

Shinybinary v2 - Art and designs of Nik Ainley

Beautiful artwork and design portfolio

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Wed, 29/11/2006 - 11:39am.

Work for Food™

The beautiful portfolio of Art Director Diego Zambrano, focused on designing experiences and emotional relationship with the product. Advertainment to sell dreams, not products!

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Sat, 25/11/2006 - 7:07pm.

Label Placement in Forms

The most efficient and effective way to label forms according to an eyetracker usability study is to place the (non-bold) label above the input field, and to visually separate each pair from another.

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Sat, 25/11/2006 - 7:04pm.

The Windows Shutdown crapfest

How many people does it take to engineer the shutdown functionality in Windows Vista?

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Sat, 25/11/2006 - 6:39pm.

ParaMac Software

Ping, another PNG compressor, but optimized for Intel Macs.

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Fri, 24/11/2006 - 3:31pm.

The World's Most Photorealistic Vector Art

Like the name says…

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Mon, 20/11/2006 - 11:25pm.

The Sweet Spot for Buying

The buying behaviour of people is determined by their prior use – before using a product, they make their choice based on features, after using a product, they value simplicity and usability more.

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Sun, 12/11/2006 - 11:50am.

Mega Machu Picchu - 1.5 GigaPixel

A 1500 Megapixel photograph, stitched together from 400 images.

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Sun, 12/11/2006 - 11:44am.

Zimbra Adds Offline Use of Their Productivity Apps

The single most important feature for current web applications: the ability to use them off-line.

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Thu, 09/11/2006 - 12:54am.

Vitamin Interviews » Jeff Veen

A former Adaptive Path founder talks about his job at Google and web design in general.

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Thu, 09/11/2006 - 12:38am.

Have Your Say about the Future of HTML - The Web Standards Project

It’s our time to decide on the future of HTML. Now that the W3C is planning to further evolve it, and the WHATHG group has nearly finished their work, what else do we want from HTML?

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Sat, 04/11/2006 - 3:28pm.

Digital-Image Color Spaces

An excellent guide to color spaces and color management for image manipulation software, digital photographs and web images.

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Thu, 02/11/2006 - 8:06pm.

Exploring Cross-browser Web 2.0 Layouts with Yahoo! UI

Creating advanced interactive layouts with the Yahoo! user interface library.

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Thu, 02/11/2006 - 7:37pm.

The Ethics of Web 2.0: YouTube vs. Flickr, Revver, Eyespot, blip.tv, and even Google

Nice observation by Lawrence Lessig, that a ‘true’ sharing site makes it easy for users to move content (eg. Flickr), while ‘fake’ sharing sites make this difficult (eg. YouTube).

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Thu, 02/11/2006 - 7:27pm.

Getting Real

Finally, all chapters are available online for free.

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Thu, 02/11/2006 - 7:19pm.

Actual Browser Sizes (final) - Baekdal.com

The final report of an elaborate research to determine actual browser sizes as opposed to screen resolutions. Bottom line: "In order to support 95% of your visitors, you need to design for a maximum size of 776×424px."

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Thu, 02/11/2006 - 7:17pm.

The Virtual Life: IE At Arms Length

For regular web development (ie. little Javascript) this setup is way too elaborate – for every OS revision and IE version a different VM.

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Thu, 02/11/2006 - 7:11pm.

Drupal distributions | Dries Buytaert

Some perspective on what it means to create distributions in the upcoming Drupal 5.0

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My name is Jeroen Coumans, I'm a freelance web designer, front-end developer and Drupal ninja from the Netherlands. I love to create beautiful, usable and accessible websites. On this website, you can find my portfolio as well as my personal weblog. Interested in hiring me? I'd love to hear from you.

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