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News : January 2004

Call for Articles

Digital Web Magazine is now accepting proposals for articles covering web design, web development, information architecture and the web industry in general. If you have an idea for an article and would like to write for us please contact the Editor. Be sure to include a short summary of your articles topic and direction. Unfortunately we can not accept any articles that have previously been published online. Articles are contributed strictly on a volunteer basis. We do not accept advertorials or articles that exclusively market a specific product or service. See the contributor guidelines for more details.

January 31, 2004 at 10:52 PM

Nick Finck

Definition Lists - misused or misunderstood?

You may remember Russ Weakley from such excellent CSS learning resources as Listamatic, Listamatic2, Listutorial, Floatutorial and Selectutorial. Russ writes well and often on many aspects of standards-based web design. His latest article: Definition Lists - misused or misunderstood? delves into appropriate uses for definition lists and how to style them to look like tables, image galleries, calendars and more. See a complete list of Russ' articles, tutorials and presentations.

January 30, 2004 at 2:51 PM

Krista Stevens

Community Overload

Meryl finally twisted my arm enough so that i would join Orkut ...yet another friend/business/dating network site like the 200 already out there. I had high hopes for this site because it is backed by Google. Not more than 10 minutes after joining up and adding friends had the site crashed... down... dead... kaput. I just checked, still down. Look, I have 151 connections on LinkedIn, an entire community that I founded grew to about 155 members over night without my help on Tribe.net and continues to be active, and I don't have time to wait around for the slow Friendster servers any more, much less wait for Google to reboot Orkut. Thanks, but no thanks.

January 29, 2004 at 10:55 PM

Nick Finck

reader survey is now closed

The 3rd annual Digital Web Magazine reader survey is now closed. A big thanks to the 486 readers who took the time to complete the survey, it was time well spent. I'd like to take a moment to answer some questions that came up in the survey:

January 29, 2004 at 10:40 PM

Nick Finck

blogs in large corporations

DL Byron make a few comments about the adoption rate of blogs in large corporations. I am amazed at the same thing myself. I find the level of adoption for blogs in medium to large size companies this year far greater than I have in any previous year. Is it year of the blog for corps? Well, D. Keith Robinson, Phil Wolff, Nick Bradbury, DL Byron and yours truly will hit on this subject and more in our SXSW pannel "Blogging for Business." We hope to see you there!

January 28, 2004 at 8:03 PM

Nick Finck

sxswBlog

Well, it looks like sxswBlog is back online thanks to Matthew Haughey and Paul Bausch. For those who are planning to go to SXSW, this is a great community blog to find out who else is going and what's going on each night of the conference.

January 28, 2004 at 7:51 PM

Nick Finck

Digital Web Magazine Readership Survey

Only four more days to complete the Digital Web Magazine Readership Survey. Thanks to all those who have taken a few moments to invest their thoughts and feedback into DWM. If you haven't yet had a chance, please take some time before January 31st to complete the survey.

January 28, 2004 at 7:10 AM

Krista Stevens

SXSW Web Awards

As a media partner, Digital Web Magazine is proud to bring you the finalists for the 7th annual SXSW Web Awards ...as if you didn't know. This year there are so many good candidates for each award we would have to list them all as our favorites... thankfully SXSW has done this for us. Visit the site to see who the finalists are.

January 27, 2004 at 10:09 PM

Nick Finck

designing on spec

Here is another great post about designing on spec and why it is a bad idea. Rule of thumb: if you are expecting to get paid for your work at some point, don't design anything until your contract is signed.

January 27, 2004 at 9:25 AM

Nick Finck

Document Object Model Level 3 Validation

Document Object Model Level 3 Validation becomes a W3C recommendation today. We are one step closer to a more powerful behavior layer. "DOM Level 3 Validation is a module that provides guidance to programs and scripts to dynamically update the content and the structure of documents while ensuring that the document remains valid, or to ensure that the document becomes valid."

January 27, 2004 at 9:00 AM

Nick Finck

the popularity of web standards

Paul writes about the popularity of web standards. One thing that comes to mind is a conversation I had with Jeffrey Zeldman while in New York... I am not going to repeat what he said as it was a private conversation, but if you read deeply into Paul's post you will see evidence of what all of us face from time to time. People make mistakes, yes everyone should practice what they preach, but that doesn't give you or anyone else a free license to ridicule them when they make an error. Always remember to be thoughtful in your emails, offer suggestions and constructive advice... never blame or demand.

January 27, 2004 at 8:50 AM

Nick Finck

Bongseg.net

Bong's new online portfolio is up. Bongseg.net
checkout the kickass reel.

January 26, 2004 at 10:16 PM

Jose Illenberger

Molly Day

Well, today is Molly Day. Molly Day is a day to celebrate the woman who has been a source of continual inspiration to us all. Happy birthday Molly Holzschlag, the web wouldn't be the same without you!

January 25, 2004 at 9:11 PM

Nick Finck

home page redesign challenge

Well, we have received a few responses to the home page redesign challenge, but not nearly as many as we had hoped. So to help us out Michael Schmidt at K10k is helping spread the word. The new deadline is the end of the month.

January 25, 2004 at 9:00 PM

Nick Finck

The Daily Standards

Adam Howell runs a great site called The Daily Standards which is "dedicated to recognizing sites that have been lovingly crafted with web standards and the future in mind." This site is worth a bookmark. Very well done.

January 25, 2004 at 6:53 PM

Nick Finck

Web Power Tools

In case you missed Ross and my presentation, here's the links and notes: Web Power Tools.

January 22, 2004 at 9:59 PM

Nick Finck

Business Case for Web Accessibility

Andy Budd makes the Business Case for Web Accessibility. Making your website accessible to the widest possible audience is socially responsible and makes excellent business sense.

January 22, 2004 at 11:55 AM

Krista Stevens

new issue of Digital Web Magazine

Here is another new issue of Digital Web Magazine. As you know every so often we are fortunate enough to interview some of the most talented and creative people in the web industry, and this week is no exception. Thanks to Craig Saila we were able to get Dave Shea to answer a few questions. For those who don't know Dave, he is the guy that runs the CSS Zen Garden website as well as mezzoblue.com in his spare time. If you haven't already visited his sites I highly recommend you do. They are perfect examples of what is possible with CSS. On a related note, we are extending our Homepage Redesign Challenge for another week to accommodate last minute entries. Be sure to send in your home page redesign before the end of the month. See details in this post. Last but not least, if you have already, please complete the Digital Web Magazine annual reader survey, it will only take about 15 minutes at the most. We value your input and would like to hear what you have to say about Digital Web Magazine. See you next week.

January 21, 2004 at 11:58 PM

Nick Finck

What are the differences between a vocabulary, a taxonomy, a thesaurus, an ontology, and a meta-model?

Woody Pidcock of the Boeing company writes a great article that answers the question What are the differences between a vocabulary, a taxonomy, a thesaurus, an ontology, and a meta-model? If you come across these terms often in your work, this is a good place to start.

January 21, 2004 at 4:25 PM

Nick Finck

Web Building Tools

For those in Portland, tonight Ross Olson and I are giving a presentation on Web Building Tools, and some semi-related tools. Click on the link for more details. Hope to see you there.

January 21, 2004 at 4:11 PM

Nick Finck

XHTML-Print

The W3C has announced the advancement of XHTML-Print to Candidate Recommendation. "XHTML-Print is member of the family of XHTML languages defined by the Modularization of XHTML. It is designed to be appropriate for printing from mobile devices to low-cost printers that might not have a full-page buffer and that generally print from top-to-bottom and left-to-right with the paper in a portrait orientation. XHTML-Print is also targeted at printing in environments where it is not feasible or desirable to install a printer-specific driver and where some variability in the formatting of the output is acceptable."

January 21, 2004 at 4:08 PM

Nick Finck

Home Page Redesign Challenge

Only one more day to enter your design into the Digital Web Magazine Home Page Redesign Challenge. We have see a few good designs so far but we would like to see more. Get yours in today!

January 19, 2004 at 1:14 PM

Nick Finck

One of the smaller award shows I look forward to each year is the Weblog Awards. For the past three years Nikolai Nolan has done an excellent job at running the awards for the people by the people. The nominees for the Fourth Annual Weblog Awards

January 19, 2004 at 8:57 AM

Nick Finck

Paul has a great post about Comments and Human Discussion

January 18, 2004 at 8:27 PM

Nick Finck

Dave Shea dives into Type: the Extra Mile

January 18, 2004 at 8:22 PM

Nick Finck

Dirk Knemeyer returns with part three of the seven article series From Brick to Click - Bridging the Divide. In this part Dirk covers eCommerce and Experience Design

January 18, 2004 at 8:19 PM

Nick Finck

Andy Budd writes well about The Importance of Process in Web Design

January 17, 2004 at 7:24 AM

Krista Stevens

Often times we find ourselves caught up in the debate about presentation and structure that we overlook some of the things that are key factors to any good web site no matter how well designed or how valid the markup. I am talking about the behavior layer. Now that browsers are finally making their way towards standard compliance and web developers are building valid markup, it's time to look at the interaction of a web site. There is a lot that can be done within a web site or even web application if we take advantage of the behavior layer. In this new issue of Digital Web Magazine

January 14, 2004 at 11:30 PM

Nick Finck

A new issue of Boxes and Arrows

January 12, 2004 at 11:14 PM

Nick Finck

On behalf of Digital Web Magazine we would like to wish Jeffrey Zeldman

January 12, 2004 at 7:38 AM

Nick Finck

Well, I am not sure if Paul Scrivens has a really good idea or a death wish here. In either case Paul critiques Zeldman.com

January 11, 2004 at 8:50 PM

Nick Finck

Dirk Knemeyer informs us that he is publishing a series of seven articles on Thread about eCommerce entitled "From Brick to Click - Bridging the Divide

January 11, 2004 at 4:56 PM

Nick Finck

WaSP has posted another interview in their excellent series. This time it is with Ryan Carver

January 9, 2004 at 10:32 AM

Paul Scrivens

Issue 167 of A List Apart

January 9, 2004 at 9:58 AM

Nick Finck

Another new year and another new issue of Digital Web Magazine

January 8, 2004 at 11:28 PM

Nick Finck

What would you do?

January 8, 2004 at 11:04 PM

Nick Finck

Both Keith and Paul have posted about opinions in web design. In specific constructive negative criticism

January 8, 2004 at 5:29 PM

Nick Finck

So far 201 people completed the Digital Web Magazine Annual Reader Survey

January 7, 2004 at 11:12 PM

Nick Finck

D. Keith Robinson is taking a informal poll on Page Size (KB)

January 7, 2004 at 2:55 PM

Nick Finck

Dave Shea makes some good points about Abstracting CSS

January 7, 2004 at 2:51 PM

Nick Finck

Great discussion going on at Mezzoblue about What Type of Standards Person Are You?

January 6, 2004 at 6:53 AM

Paul Scrivens

129 people have completed the annual Digital Web Magazine reader survey

January 5, 2004 at 7:42 PM

Nick Finck

As we know, not everyone has the money to spend on a high-end CMS. Thankfully there are other options, specifically blogs. Here is a great article about Weblog strategies for nonprofits

January 5, 2004 at 3:15 PM

Nick Finck

More the IAs: Thomas find a great paper by Natalya F. Noy and Deborah L. McGuinness at Stanford entitled A Guide to Creating Your First Ontology

January 5, 2004 at 12:57 PM

Nick Finck

Another great article to wrap up the year with: Key Research Findings Related to User-Centered Design

January 5, 2004 at 12:45 PM

Nick Finck

For those readers who are hardcore IAs, here is a great article on How to Make a Faceted Classification and Put It On the Web

January 5, 2004 at 12:43 PM

Nick Finck

Every once in a while you find a true gem on the Web. I am talking about someone who really gets the Web and, for the lack of a better word, is a genius when it comes to technology. It turns out one of those diamonds is back on the market. That's right Tim Bray is looking for work

January 2, 2004 at 8:41 AM

Nick Finck

Dirk Knemeyer informs me that a new site has launched for Information Designers. It is driven by functionality provided from Peter J. Bogaards's InfoDesign site but also includes compelling original content. Yes, that is right, a ezine for information design. Check it out: InfoDesign: Understanding by Design

January 1, 2004 at 4:21 PM

Nick Finck

What a better way to start off the new year than with a thick blanket of snow

January 1, 2004 at 10:41 AM

Nick Finck

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