News : April 2000
The thing I enjoy about finding cool sites is that have a good since of design is that they typically link to other sites. And those sites share the same ideals which, in turn, link to other sites that you may have just never known about if it wasn't for the first link.
Another new cover is up at Holodeck73 'featuring the played out 3D wireframe element' ...hey, at least Mat has a since of humor.
We are just days away from a new issue and new redesign of Digital Web Magazine. Please bear with us as it may take some time for the DNS to roll over to the new server.
Issue 069 is up on Kaliber10000. This issue is entitled 'underground' by Ben Summers from red23.
Adobe managed to hunt down and find Roger Black for an interview. If you just skip the first page with all the Webby Award hype questions (which is frankly a crock of shit) the second page and most of the third page really goes into the good details of Black's view of web design and where the Internet is going.
The mysterious project known as Deepleap has now launched. This is not just your typical new web toy, Deepleap is backed by people like Lane Becker, Jeffrey Veen and Jeramie Wright. Deepleap will make your life easier, trust me. Check out the tour and see what all the fuss is about.
The next issue of Digital Web Magazine is just days away from the launch. I thought I would take this time to thank all those who have contributed, we couldn't have done this without you. Mad props go to Tor Kristensen, Daniel Jenett, Rick Cecil, Joe Hewitt, Daniel Vena, Glenn Davis, Jeffrey Zeldman, Noah Maas, Jesse Nieminen and of course Steve Bruno.
Yesterday was the last day to register with Invertebrae for their workshops. Lets hope all of us made the cut.
A day in the life of Jeffrey Zeldman: Wake up at 10am after a good 5 hours of sleep if you're lucky. Read email. Respond to email. Post comments to the Web Standards Project Mailing List. Contact writers for Friday's A List A Part article. Contact me to develop the pages for the article. Debug the article (fix a bunch of HTML, JavaScirpt, CSS and DOM issues). Design a header graphic. Read more email. Respond to more email. Review my work for Friday's article. Do other important daily things like feeding the cat, eating, etc. Publish Friday's article around 3am. Read yet more email. Respond to yet more email ...and somewhere in there manage to squeeze in some actual paying client work. Oh ya... and let's not forget about those five hours of sleep if you're lucky. This guy works probably more in one day than I do in whole month!
DOM's the word. This week's issue of A List Apart talks about DOM and what it means to you as a web developer. Yet another excellent article written by J. David Eisenberg.
Mozilla has released Milestone 15 of what will eventually be Netscape Navigator's rendering engine.
It appears that Entrance3 has jumped on the educational/mentoring bandwagon following Invertebrae's concept. More power to them and us. If you haven't yet, goto these sites and sign up!
The next issue of Digital Web Magazine will be out within a week or so. Accompanied by a site-wide redesign for all sub-pages, the cover design and layout will be redesigned shortly after that. Special thanks to Noah Maas for helping me co-design the new look and feel.
Steve Mulder, of Razorfish Boston, amazes us again with his article, "Sizing Up Text on the Next Browsers," which is (apparently) part two to the article, "Sizing Up the Browsers." The new article covers the release of IE5 on the MacOS. Special thanks to Jeffrey Zeldman for passing the word along.
Rumor is that a good friend of ours, Nathan Flood, has left Razorfish for the ever so popular place to work; Vir2L... maybe working for a large scale company isn't all it has cracked up to be... I mean look at Second Story... brilliant work, brilliant people and a totally creative environment.
There are the days and nights that seem to go on forever... and then there are the days and nights that seem to pass by in one breath. Today was a busy day, it was over before I really knew it started. Busy at work finishing up IBM's redesign for the NUMA-Q site among other things. Busy at home wrapping up this week's issue for A List Apart and attempting to push out the much delayed issue of Digital Web Magazine. Which brings to mind a old Chinese proverb, "The longer the night lasts, the more our dreams will be."
the Web Standards Project issued another release the other day concerning it's reaction to Microsoft's IE5.5 beta for Windows that was posted earlier. You can read the details in the article appropriately entitled "Here We Go Again."
The Web Standards Project, which I am a proud member of, has released the following article detailing Microsoft's atrocious act of failing to meet the W3C's standards in Internet Explorer 5.5 for Windows. Please read the official WaSP statement on this matter.
Speaking of web based applications... check out Brent Gustafson's Assembler.org ...as they say, "Making Art With Machine Code." Special thanks to Todd Houlette for passing the word along.
I am willing to bet you have never seen a abstraction tool like this one I stumbled across the other day... check out the Shockwave based tool Net Abstraction. Punch in your favorite URL and let the program extract the web in wild and bizarre ways.
Fresh and funky as ever, Shift 41 is out for your viewing pleasure. You will find an interview with Day-Dream, a recap of WebDAYsigner, and of course nine new T's to order, plus much more.
Hot off the press. A new issue of A List Apart is out. This weeks article is 'A Dao of Web Design' by John Allsopp. John has done in words what I could only have dreamed of. John and I share a lot of the same beliefs in Web design. Very powerful reading.
A new Experience article has been published. Glenn Davis shares with us his ideas on Why Gecko Doesn't Matter Yet. And again, we encourage all web developers, designers and authors to contribute their own thoughts.
Allaire has released the final version of HomeSite 4.5.1. I have been using RC1 and then RC2 for some time with no problems. The improvements are small but worth the download. You can download it here and upgrade for free (you will need a full registered version of Homesite 4.5 to do this).
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The elves have been busy developing a new toy for your viewing pleasure. You will be able to look at the chaos that is Digital Web Magazine from the inside. More on this later.
Daniel Vena is in the process of making something good, real good.. it's almost finished. In two weeks, we will tell you about it. It'll be worth the wait.
Internet Brothers just posted a brilliant interview with Joe Jenett, the father of sites such as CoolStop, i2k (which Digital Web is a member of), and DailyWebThing (which Digital Web is applying to become a member of).
Adobe has tapped into the Web with Illustrator 9.0. It hasn't released yet as far as I know, but it seems to be very promising. Finally, software developers are starting to realize the processes we go through to produce graphics and logos for web use and now they are streamlining the process and improving the way the tools work together.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last year or so, you probably already know that Microsoft has been taken to court by 19 states and D.C. sighting violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act. Today U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson announced the Verdict. What does this mean to the future of Microsoft, it's Internet Explore browser or the Internet as a whole? I am sure the spin-doctors will have some more news and in-depth reports surfacing throughout the week.
Andrew Johnstone and Jade Palmer of Design is Kinky have decided to post mugshots of designers to let everyone see. I have sent in my ugly mug, let's see if it makes it in the gallery.