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February 10, 2007

More DW Snippets - 50 states form select in two versions

In a previous entry I wrote about snippets in Dreamweaver. This is simply a method for saving small bits of code that you can use and reuse. There's a panel in DW where you save these, and I guess whether or not you use this particular panel, chances are you have a place to store little pieces of code like this, that you refer to on occasion. I know I do. So, here are another couple of bits that you can file away somewhere. They can both be used in forms, possibly for registrations or gathering data in a survey....

January 22, 2007

On Aesthetics and Usability in Design

I hope everyone enjoys this (in my opinion) very useful video podcast. The parent site WebProNews has an entire series of these (mostly dealing with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This one is less than ten minutes long, deals with usability issues, and is definitely worth watching. WARNING! It might start automatically, and you'll by now have turned down your speakers; if it doesn't, and you have to "push play"... do yourself and everyone in your office a favor by turning down your speakers before firing this one up. The front-end promo is a bit loud. Some of the things I...

December 12, 2006

Favorite / Recommended Web Hosts

With the end of a semester here already, and a break coming up, I'm sure that many students and staff will be working again on personal Web projects. Now, of course there are opportunities for procuring server space right here on campus, but I'm betting that a good amount of us have purchased space from any number of available web hosts. Bandwidth is cheap. So is storage. Its a bargain, and right now I just don't see how there could be any money that can be made in Webhosting. So, I'm curious; who do you use? My account is hosted...

November 16, 2006

Choosing a good password

Since October was Cyber Security Month... (wow, is it November already?) I thought I would write a post on the importance of a good password. I recently changed my password in Case's system, and I was going to remind everyone else to do so. By the way, if you haven't done that recently, it might be something to consider. I know I don't change it often enough myself, but it's a good practice to get into. At any rate, I came upon a good article recently in one of the HTML e-mail newsletters that I subscribe to. I can't remember...

July 21, 2006

Good article about CSS and "Standards"

I saw a good article today and I thought it might be a great launching point for some discussion here... (Please comment if you are reading this blog even occasionally). The important things to take from this article in my opinion are some answers to two points he makes at the end; "What's being done about this" and "Why do you think no one is screaming yet?" More specifically I have a question; what DO we do about this? For some, the answer is "tell them to get a REAL browser... Firefox is free!" For others with a more finely...

May 26, 2006

Good Interview with Tim O'Reilly

I found this interesting... I hope you do too. It was written with an obvious focus on Adobe; also found are general principles and ideas on where the web is going. All in all a good read. Text version here: http://www.adobe.com/newsletters/edge/may2006/section1.html Jacked up Flash version here: http://www.adobe.com/newsletters/edge/may2006/index.html?sectionIndex=1 The flash version is actually an internal link to the article as found in the complete 'Edge Newsletter'. Interesting....

May 16, 2006

Using RSS feeds in HTML pages without PHP

When we first started using RSS feeds on Case's web presence, like the news headlines feed on the Case homepage, we were using an outside source to process them, and bringing them in via javascript. We're not serving our pages with a PHP enabled server, and all things considered, we thought this was a pretty good compromise. We had been using a popular service that links from 'maricopa.edu', in fact I've seen other affiliates within the university using this as well. Recently though, this link to maricopa.edu had started to put a drag on loadtime, so we looked into alternate...

January 16, 2006

Book Review: "Don't make me think"

Those of you who know me are familiar with an often used phrase "measure twice; cut once". It's not often that I go against the 'let's think this through' rule. However, a new book by Steve Krug entitled 'Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability' turns that theory upside down. Could this really mean that I'm thinking about a book that tells me not to think?...

September 23, 2005

More DW Snippets to copy and paste

In a previous post I told of how I had been re-awakened to the power of snippets. Here then are a couple more which can be loaded into Dreamweaver and used when you are creating forms....

August 31, 2005

Rediscovering Snippets

I recently did a new installation of Dreamweaver, and lost all of my customizations that I had accumulated. In hindsight, I guess there are quite a few that I can live without... but there was one group of indispensible time-savers that I found worthwhile to add back in. Veteran users of DW know these little tools as 'snippets'....

May 09, 2005

Subdomains vs. Accounts - Case's Naming Conventions

We often get requests similar to: "We would like to apply for the URL department.case.edu instead of what we have now, www.case.edu/department". Some assume that this naming structure is somehow better, shorter, or easy to remember. While all of these reasons may or may not apply for your site, Case doesn't use this naming scheme. In fact it's generally not a good idea to do, and here's why......

May 04, 2005

Visitor Traffic: Ideas For Gaining More Blog Readers

Here's a real good article I ran across about driving traffic to your blog. It's really focused I guess more on commercial blogs, but there are a few pointers that we all could use: Visitor Traffic Here are a few of the ideas... for those that don't care to read the entire article: *... Place a link to your website on all of your outgoing e-mails. It sounds simple enough, yet very few people do it. *... Develop a reputation for being knowledgeable and helpful, and you will be regarded as an expert in your field. Don't be afraid to...