News : July 2007
New Tools! XRAY from WestCiv
Web-standards geeks have been passing around a cool new tool lately—XRAY, from WestCiv. XRAY is a bookmarklet/favlet that opens a floating element inspector, exposing CSS, markup, dimensions and a more handy information for markup experts. Utilizing some magic around the “canvas” element, XRAY works for Mozilla- and Webkit-based browsers like Firefox and Safari. Support for IE and Opera to come!
XRAY works inside most contemporary browsers is designed to help developers get beneath the skin of a site, and see what’s really going on.
New Issue: RDF for the Rest of Us
On the scale of attention paid to HTML, there are web professionals who write web-standard-friendly, semantic markup…and then there are web professionals who follow RDF—Resource Description Framework. Along the same lines as microformats, XML, XFN, Dublin Core and FOAF, RDF is a framework for markup that adds semantic meaning to your markup, in standardized ways that encourage re-use. Join Keith Alexander as he explains RDF For The Rest Of Us.
New Issue: The Working Designer and Stonebriar Community Church
Digital Web Magazine has another excellent installment in our hit column, The Working Designer. Freelance designer Chris Merritt leads us through his design process for a large, dynamic organization in Stonebriar Community Church Redesign. Join Chris as he shares the lessons he learned through the redesign.
git version control
First Michael Tsai, then Fraser Speirs, and now John Gruber are all thinking, looking and pointing at git, a version control system with some nice add-ins, options, and tools. I particularly like git-web; distributed as part of git core, now. (More git links.)
McFarlane Prize Nominations Open!
Nominations have just opened for the McFarlane Prize for 2007. This prize for excellence in Australian web design will be awarded to an Australian designer or team for a site launched or significantly upgraded between August 1 2006 and July 31 2007.
The winner of the prize will be announced during Web Directions South, on September 27.
In 2006, its first year, the prize was an enormous success, bringing attention as it did to web standards and accessibility, in combination with excellence in user experience design, and giving recognition to those people and organisations who genuinely address these areas in their work.
A very high standard was set with the entries last year, but we fully expect that standard to be exceeded in 2007.
Full details are available at the McFarlane Prize site, but key dates areas follows:
August 31 – Nominations close
September 22 – Shortlist announced
September 27 – Winner of the McFarlane Prize for 2007 announced
New Issue: Corporate Web Standards
Digital Web Magazine is happy to welcome our newest contributor Scott Gledhill. Scott joins us to discuss the sometimes difficult path of bringing web standards and best-practices into businesses, in Corporate Web Standards. This is a great article for anyone working with web standard technologies in a corporate setting.
Leaflets – Blue Flavor takes Web 2.0 to the iPhone
Today Brian Fling and the rest of the crew here at Blue Flavor are pleased to announce the launch of Leaflets. Basically Leaflets is a interface for the iPhone to various Web 2.0 services you know and love. Which services? Well, right now we have Flickr, Upcoming, Delicious, Newsvine to name a few. It also contains tools for accessing traditional media outlets like The New York Times and the latest news about Le Tour de France. Other features include a well designed RSS reader and Search tools for Yahoo, Google, MSN, Wikipedia, and more. Another cool feature is the Apps List where you can browse and access hundreds of applications and services already available for the iPhone. We’re going to be updating the site, making changes and adding more new features as time allows, so keep checking back… or just subscribe to the Leaflets feed in your RSS reader on your iPhone. How do you get Leaflets on your iphone? It’s simple really, just visit getleaflets.com using Safari on the iPhone.
New Issue: Tom Green’s Back with More!
This week, Digital Web Magazine brings you the second installment of Tom Green‘s comprehensive guide to closed-captioning in Flash, in Captions for Video with Flash CS3 (Part Two). In this installment, Mr. Green shows you how to embed cue points and content into your video file via quick-n-easy XML.
Zend Framework finally reaches 1.0.0
The Zend Framework, probably the most ambitious and well-funded PHP framework, has announced the first production release of their library after months of development. Boasting many classes that other MVC frameworks lack – such as internationalization support and a ready-made search engine – it aims to provide “solutions to solve frequent needs of web application developers”.
New Issue: An Interview with the Authors of Textpattern Solutions
This week in Digital Web Magazine, Andrea Schwandt-Arbogast rounded up the authors of the new book Textpattern Solutions, and asked the big question: “Why Textpattern?”. Her interview is not only an in-depth look at why you should choose Textpattern (including examples, references and tips), but also a look at where the experts see TextPattern heading in the future. Join Andrea and the authors for a solid discussion about Textpattern.