Thoughts on Adobe …A Parody of Mr. Jobs

bad design, blogging, Browsers, consumerism, Firefox, Flash, IE, iPhone, Marketing, Microsoft, Safari, standards, Uncategorized, web development, Windows

This is a direct parody of Steve Jobs letter about Flash.It is intended to be thought provoking, insightful, and inciting.

Being a Macintosh SE, iPhone, iPad, PowerMac, PowerBook, home built PC, Windows using web, Flash, print developer that has working in the training development, corporate marketing, and software development industries for too long… I couldn’t read Steve’s letter without calling BS. Read this with an open mind and consider the end user, not the corporations. I want Flash, my kids want Flash, why because some developer’s do amazing work on this platform and we should have access to it. Content is king. Enjoy…

CSS 3 and web standards

CSS, Firefox, good design, IE, Safari, standards, web design

I don’t know about anyone else but I’m so excited about CSS 3 and web standards that I’m not even waiting for Microsoft to catch up. Heck four out of five of the most popular browsers on the market support CSS 3 so why wouldn’t I? The time it saves in producing sites is amazing. No more nested divs and sliced up images just to make rounded boxes. I’ve been using CSS for a few years now and can’t say enough good things about the results. My whole blog is built on standards. But since I’ve be employed at my present job I’ve neglected my own blog. It’s getting to be that time again and I’m getting the itch to redo this site ( and another site I started working on) in full HTML and CSS 3. So stay tuned, I’ve got big ideas running around in my head.

Handcrafted CSS – and letting go of pixel perfection

bad design, Browsers, CSS, good design, IE, reliability, review, standards, user interface design, web design, web development

Handcrafted CSS Book CoverHandcrafted CSS, the latest contribution of Dan Cederholm to the world of Web Design and Development is a fantastic book! To say that I’m a fan of his work is a bit of an understatement. No web designer or developer should be without these books; Bulletproof Web Design, Handcrafted CSS, as well as Designing With Web Standards, and DOM Scripting. These books are fantastic resources, and push web development out of the dark ages of table based layout, css hacks, and duplicating sites for each browser version. But there is a particular philosophy the makes Handcrafted CSS special.

Why do 26% of you still use IE6?

Browsers, CSS, IE, Microsoft, standards, Vista, web design, web development, Windows

In pondering my Google analytics I discovered that 26% of my IE readers this last month still use IE6…WHY? I thought there might be a lot of Windows 98 users still bouncing around the interwebs. After all computers are expensive and XP and Vista are hard to find. Hmmm.. That can’t be it. Here are some facts:

Internet Explorer should die

bad design, CSS, DOM, Flash, IE, Microsoft, reliability, standards, web design, web development, Windows

Every now and then the festering issue of IE as a viable browser rears it’s ugly head. This eventuality usually occurs right around the release of a new version. Microsofts latest iteration, IE8, was slated to be released without standards mode being the default rendering mode. With all the progress that the web comunity has made with standards why wouldn’t this be the default?

setAttribute, a gallery, IE, and hours of my life wasted

Browsers, DOM, IE, Scripting, web design, web development

One of my favorite books is Dom Scripting by Jeremy Keith. I’ve used his concepts for a gallery I designed for my dad’s portfolio. Well in the process of making updates to that site I ran into a problem. I wanted to display wider images than normal for one of the pages, to not have to reduce the images down to fit on the page. I turned on scrolls for the overflow adding to the CSS rule for the gallery div. That’s when it all went south.

Click to Activate Flash Still an Issue?

ActiveX, bad design, Browsers, CSS, Flash, good design, IE, Microsoft, web design, web development

It’s amazing to me that sites that rely on Flash for their main navigation have not taken the steps to eliminate the “Click to activate and use this control” messages from their sites. If you haven’t seen this message before you must be avoiding flash sites. To recap: Eolas has a patent dispute with Microsoft, forcing them to make activeX controls require users to click the “control” before they can interact with it. Annoying to say the least. If you want to read more go here. Needless to say this article was inspired because of the staggering number of sites I’ve run across in the last month that have not incorporated the JavaScript solutions that are available. Here are the favorites:

If you own, or manage a site that uses Flash as a navigation element, fix this, please. Better yet…use CSS navigation instead. As much as I like Flash, does it have to be used for everything?