My 2009 essay kinda-sorta about an Anarchist “Internet of Things”

I wrote an essay in 2009 about the Internet of Things, before people were calling it “the Internet of Things.” When I re-read it this afternoon, in 2017, I noticed something rather queer. It wasn’t actually about the Internet of Things at all. It was actually a personal manifesto advocating Anarchism, and condemning techno-capitalist fascism. […]

clickjane.css: A CSS User Style Sheet to Help Detect and Avoid Clickjacking Attacks

Clickjacking or, more formally, user interface redressing, is a class of security vulnerabilities similar to phishing scams. The technique uses web standards to trick unsuspecting victims into performing actions they were not intending to. Clickjacking does not rely on bugs in any software. Instead, the technique is simply an abuse of the growing graphical capabilities […]

Why CSS needs delegation capabilities and not “variables”

It’s been too long since I joined the fun, if amazingly heated, debates over the direction that Web standards are moving in. Recently, given the “free” time to do so, I decided to dive head first into what is (sadly) an almost 14 year old debate. The result is this blog post, which is mostly […]

How web designers can do their own HTML/CSS: Read Foundation Website Creation

Last month, 37signals published a short but sweet post about why web designers should do the HTML/CSS implementations for their own designs. The bottom line is, as we’ve all been saying for a long time now, that the Web is not the same kind of medium as other mediums like print. It is a fundamentally […]

I’m getting a book published and it’s called Foundation Website Creation

For those who have been wondering what is keeping me so busy these days, the answer is that I’m working on the final stages of a book that is getting published as one of three co-authors. Not only am contributing three chapters (the technical chapters on (X)HTML and CSS, specifically), but I am also technically […]

Window and Element Resizing Annoyances in Internet Explorer

This has been an interesting day. In less than 8 hours, I’ve had to tackle the following IE nuisances: document.body vs. document.documentElement In IE 6, in order to access the current width of the window in JavaScript you need to get document.body.clientWidth only if you’re in quirks mode. If you’re in standards mode, this property […]

New Amazon Guide: So You’d Like To Become a Front-End Web Design Guru

I’ve made what I think is a rather nice Amazon Guide. Laugh if you must, but I wanted to see what creating one would be like. Naturally, I decided to write a brief guide to becoming a front-end web design guru.