The next time you work on an intranet project, whether for private- or public-sector organizations, ask your client or manager about branding. Usually, the answer will be another question, “Why do we need to worry about branding?” After all, this is an internal site, for employees only, or—in the case of extranets—for contractors and partners, … Read moreIntraBranding: Why Your Intranet Needs Its Own Personality
As a writer, I often make screenshots to accompany my tutorials, blog posts, and articles. But, sometimes, static screenshots aren’t up to the job of clearly illustrating a point. You’re likely to find that the neighbor starts the lawnmower in the middle of your voice recording session. Or, on playback, you discover your bad sniffing … Read moreCapture a Screencast with a Mac
If you think it’s time to really start gettng to grips with Microformats, then a few new things have just gone online. Roger Costello has a series of pretty in depth tutorials for most major microformats, while at Web Directions North (disclosure, I was one of the organizers and presenters) there were three 1 hour presentations … Read moreLearning Microformats
The age-old debate about gender diversity at web conference has kicked back into full swing again which spun a wider debate about gender diversity and even ethnicity in the industry as a whole. Here are some recent posts on the topic: Gender Diversity at Web Conferences, The diversity division, On Conferences and Diversity, Diverse It Gets, Why are smart people … Read moreBeyond the A-List, Diversity in the Web Community
As someone who helps co-organize WebVisions every year and with my experience in speaking at conferences (not that I am an expert at it) I am often asked for advice on presenting at conferences. There are thousands of sites out there that provide information for doing presentations, some really great ones… but there are a handful of … Read moreTop Five Articles for Presenters
Win a full pass to Web Directions North, in Vancouver, Canada, February 6-10, 2007. Web Directions North features top-notch speakers including Dave Shea, Doug Bowman, Veerle Pieters, Andy Clarke, Cameron Moll, Kelly Goto, Jeremy Keith, Dan Cederholm, Derek Featherstone, John Allsopp, and many more. Making the gathering even cooler, the conference is followed by two days of optional … Read moreWin a Free Ticket to Web Directions North!
Long promised and way overdue, mobile technology is finally moving beyond telephone calls to become a fundamental of our technology-infused lives. In fact, mobile could very well transform how we gather and use information. But beyond the hype rumors and billions of investment dollars in the mobile industry lies a simple concept: mobile devices, which … Read moreGetting Mobile
Programming Localization You might usually have the luxury of working on a site or application in just a single language, but there will come a time when you’ll have a project that must be done in two or more languages. This is where localization comes in. Localization, often referred to as “l10n” (the 10 represents … Read moreInternationalization Primer
I am sure you have seen the Gmail invites going around (If not, check out whitespace, dezwozhere, jluster, minjungkim, widgetopia, wholelottanothing, and about 100 other sites). Well, just because it’s the trendy thing to do these days: I have seven, yes seven (7) Gmail invites to give away. So instead of doing some kind of contest, I would like to do … Read moreGot Gmail?
Brian Fling (full disclosure: one of my business partners) at Blue Flavor has authored an excellent post on Pricing a Project. If you are a freelance web professional or even if you work in a small company where you are asked to price out the project, this is a post you can’t afford to not read. Also, if … Read morePricing a Web Project
When I started this column, part of my motivation was to write about tools to empower Web designers—techniques they could take away and apply immediately. I’ve written an article on how information architecture can be a natural progression from Web design and two articles containing short lessons to help new information architects be more effective on the job. My … Read morePractical Usability Testing
While several people are just beginning to understand what “Web 2.0” is, others who have been working within the realm of it are now beginning to say it’s dead. Does Thomas Vander Wal have a great post entitled Web 2.0 Dead? explaining this in more detail in response to Richard MacManus’s post Web 2.0 is dead. R.I.P.. … Read moreIs Web 2.0 dead, for real?
In developing Web applications, as in life, it is important to understand the basics. With that thought, let’s cover one of the most basic components of the Web: the hypertext transfer protocol, or HTTP. HTTP Why did you just get disconnected? Simply put: HTTP is stateless. Using HTTP, a request is made by the browser … Read morePowering the Web with HTTP
Freelancing for an extra thick wad of greenbacks to pad your back pocket is every Web designer’s dream. Wrangling up your own clients, managing the entire creative process and collecting your due reward is a great accomplishment, and the process can be more fulfilling than the daily grind of a full-time job. Yet, it can … Read moreWeb Designer’s FREElance Toolbox for Windows
So today at Gnomedex Microsoft will be announcing extended support for RSS. Read that carefully, we’re not talking about better support for RSS, we’re talking about an extension to RSS. They want to be able to do e-commerce via RSS. Yes, you read that correctly. The last thing we need now is yet another fork … Read moreMicrosoft to take RSS five steps backwards
So today at Gnomedex Microsoft will be announcing extended support for RSS. Read that carefully, we’re not talk about better support for RSS, we’re talking about an extension to RSS. They want to be able to do e-commerce via RSS. Yes, you read that correctly. The last thing we need now is yet another fork in … Read moreMicrosoft to take RSS Five Steps Backwards
Ok, I mostly just wanted to use that for a blog entry title, but it is an important issue. A lot of people rely on stats for their web sites (see the posts over at Karl Nelson’s site), but more often than not, the stats are a far cry from even the best guess. Tim Bray … Read moreLies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
As many of you may already know during his keynote address at the RSA conference, Bill Gates announced that Microsoft will be releasing a new beta version of Internet Explorer 7.0 for XP SP2 this summer. Going off only official news there seems to be some misinformation already circulating. As we understand it there won’t be any … Read moreMisinformation about the IE7 announcement
Recently I gathered feedback from several experts within the web industry and asked them to give me their top 10 favorite web companies to work for. There is no criteria here as to who does and who does not qualify. They can be sole proprietorships or large multi-national corporations. They can be an army of … Read moreTop 10 Web Companies to Work For
In the beginning, business approach to technology was one of cautious scepticism. Before any new technology was adopted be it the telegraph, the telephone, or a computer system, business needed to ensure that the technology would have a positive impact on their bottom line. During the later part of the 20th century, businesses lost sight … Read moreThe $ and Sense of IT
Rather than posting about my web predictions for 2005 or rambling off a list of products or tools you must have, etc. I have decided that this year I will post a list of things you should have or be doing on your web site or Intranet. After all, we are living in a modern … Read moreTen things your web sites should be doing
Since the browser stats that we posted in October seemed to raise a lot of eyebrows. Well, while checking my browser stats out this month I was pretty shocked at the results. I think you will have to see this to believe it. First, go read the October post and then contrast that to these current stats: … Read moreFirefox Takes First Place
Ok, so I have done some deep researching about “how many is too many” (as far as links and information bits on a page) and I thought I would share some of this with the Digital Web Magazine readership. Most of my research pointed to this paper, The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some … Read moreCognitive load and the rule of seven (or how many is too many)
Until recently, cascading style sheets (CSS) were the most tragically hip technology available online. Touted as the way to create page layouts by, well, the folks that wrote the specification, style sheets were long denied any serious consideration in corporate development environments. Poor browser support stranded CSS in the “isn’t that nice” realm of Web development, a technology … Read moreA Matter of Styles