A classic exchange from the WordPress Support Forum for one of my plugins: Them: Hi, When I first installed this plugin, there was an automatic horizontal scrollbar so that users could move to see all of the columns. However, it has now disappeared which means one of the columns is not fully readable. Can you […]
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 […]
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 […]
For those not yet familiar with it, TED is an invitation-only annual conference of some of the brightest and most talented individuals in all fields of Technology, Entertainment, and Design. For the first time (in February 2006), the presentations were recorded and broadcast to the world once per week at the TED.com web site. I’ve […]
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.
Are relevancy messages catching on? A quick ego-Google has turned up encouraging results, but I’ve still never seen this technique used anywhere except on my own sites.
By designing and using a meaningful, cruft-free URL scheme you can easily implement a dynamic, scalable, breadcrumb navigation trail on your entire site with minimal fuss, all in about 30 lines of PHP. I kid you not!
Context and relevance are sometimes lost when linking to pages on the web. Basic HTML and good hypertext copywriting habits (like using
title attributes) can help, but not always enough. Here’s a totally new method (I think) to embed what I call relevancy messages into the destination page of a site.
Writing “click here” for just about anything is always bad. Here’s an especially interesting example of bad hypertext copywriting.
Browsing web content is not like browsing a printed magazine or catalogue. If the quality of a site is not up to sniff, there are numerous reasons for leaving instantly. And those reasons are multiplying.