CSS Zen Garden in Portuguese

July 24th, 2003 § Comments Off on CSS Zen Garden in Portuguese § permalink

As I have no graphic skills, I’ve contributed to the CSS Zen Garden project by translating the page to (Brazilian) Portuguese. Portuguese speakers are invited to take a look at the site, and report any spelling or grammar errors.

Good URLs

July 8th, 2003 § Comments Off on Good URLs § permalink

Via Blog-Fu, a nice article on the creation of good URLs. Interesting, pratical and useful stuff.


June 26th, 2003 § Comments Off on WaMCom § permalink

Based on the fact that the Mozilla Project makes it clear that the binaries they provide are just for testing purposes, a group of open source developers decide to create a project to distribute stable releases of the Mozilla Web and Mail components intended to boost confidence in those components among users.

Dubbed WaMCom, the initiative has recently released a new stable version. Also, the efforts of the group resulted in almost 500 bug fixes being landed to the Mozilla main trunk, obviously contributing to an overall raise in the quality of the source and future releases for all users. Kudos to the WaMCom team!

(Via Blogzilla)

Cross-Browser Rich Text Editor

June 18th, 2003 § Comments Off on Cross-Browser Rich Text Editor § permalink

Via e-mail, I received a pointer to an interesting cross-browser rich text editor. It works on Internet Explorer 5.5+ and Mozilla 1.3+. Although it’s simple, it seems to work nicely. The resulting code is reasonable in Mozilla, but will still need to be tidied up.

This kind of text editors became a fever among the customers of the company I’m currently working for. I’ve tested dozens of solutions, but none was simple and extensible enough to be adopted as company standards. So I’m maintaining a lot of different components now. I will definitely have to take a look at this new editor.

CSS Zen Garden

May 8th, 2003 § 2 comments § permalink

Simon Willison points a incredibly cool CSS site demonstrating the use of this technology to create beautiful and compelling sites. The site uses the same HTML document and applies five different CSS stylesheets to it that completely change the way the site is displayed.

I’d just make one suggestion to the site creator, tough. He could have named the stylesheets in the document to allow Mozilla users to change them with just one menu click. Anyway, the site is certainly worth a visit and some study.

PHP Spell Checker

March 19th, 2003 § Comments Off on PHP Spell Checker § permalink

Simon Willison released the code for spell checker written in PHP and using cross-platform DHTML on the client side. It’s an excellent resource that would make a nice addition for any browser-based editing package.

DevEdge redesign

February 14th, 2003 § Comments Off on DevEdge redesign § permalink

DevEdge, Netscape’s Web technology portal, introduced a few days ago its redesigned layout based on XHTML 1.0 and CSS. The redesign is intended to be a showcase to help developers understand and apply new technologies to create cross-platform sites with rich markup based on the W3C Web standards.

The document that explains the design changes and motivations makes for a very interesting reading.

W3C DOM Compatibility

January 22nd, 2003 § Comments Off on W3C DOM Compatibility § permalink

For Web developers fighting the compatibility differences in the DOM implementation of the main browsers used in the Internet today, this page offers comprehensive information about the issues involved. The rest of the site is also interesting.

(via From the Orient)


January 15th, 2003 § Comments Off on XHTML 2.0 § permalink

Hixie posted insightful comments on XHTML 2.0 in his blog indirectly responding to Mark Pilgrim’s opinions on the same subject. I couldn’t agree more. XHTML 2.0 looks like it will be a good standard, and it’s a worthy attempt to answer the current problems with HTML. Obviously, that’s a long way to go, and we should expect to find rocks down the road.

I find the current debate on XHTML interesting. To me, it’s much related to the discussion on XHTML vs. RSS as a syndication format that occurred a few time ago. At the time, I mentioned that XHTML should be viewed as only a representation of underlying data, like RSS is. In my opinion, the issues Mark raised could be avoided if a specific format were used to store information, and later converted to XHTML for visualization in a browser (or any other needed XML-based format for the matter). For example, if the cite tag had been really deprecated the underlying markup would remain unchanged — unless it were XHTML itself, in which case a new namespace for citations could be introduced and transformations used to generated proper content. Of course, as Dorothea Salo pointed, some maintenance is expected, but the cost is minimized.

In short, I believe XML is a great technology (I’m using it more and more with much benefit to the company I work for) and XHTML is a great format for the Web. I decided to ignore its supposed semantic applications, and use it as just another format where applicable. We will always have problems with technology; after all, it’s a moving target. But I believe we can work around those problems, and move towards a better future for the Web. So, I also agree with Shelley Powers: I’m heading towards XHTML 2.0, not back to HTML.


January 9th, 2003 § Comments Off on Checky § permalink

Nice tool for web developers: Checky is a Mozilla add-on that serves as a simple interface to 18 validator services for HTML, XHTML, CSS, accessibility guidelines, RSS and a few other standards. It can be configured to open tabs to simultaneously check a given page in previously selected services.

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