HTMLCenter Relaunches!

Yes, HTMLCenter has relaunched with a new design and a new commitment to helping you with your web design and development questions. I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at where HTMLCenter has been over the last 10 years!

Surfing The Web On Mobile Devices

I just recently got an Internet-capable PocketPC, and I was amazed to find how many web sites are truly unfriendly toward those types of devices.

Google, so far, is the only site I’ve browsed that specifically caters to handheld devices. MapQuest is still usable on handhelds, but it’s not very pretty. Yahoo! is almost completely worthless on my handheld, especially when trying to mess around with my Yahoo! mail.

Adobe’s new color picker

Adobe has launched a pretty neat tool, kuler, this week.

Web Accessibility Isn’t So Scary

I will be the first to admit that I am slowly, and with much trepidation, moving into the new world of web design. The whole concept can seem very daunting to someone who taught himself, more than ten years ago, everything he knows about designing for the web.

With the advent of XHTML standards, accessibility standards, web 2.0, CSS-driven sites, and everything else that goes into the new breed of web site, there is a lot to learn for someone that came into this whole scene, guns-a-blazing, back when the most annoying background image won the prize for the best web site, and scrolling marquees were a wonder to behold.

I have not been totally ignorant to the progress being made in the area of web standards over the last ten years, but I did feel, on more than one occasion, that I had been living under a rock for a while. I got that feeling five or six years ago when I first discovered the wonders of DHTML (the clever mix of HTML, javascript and CSS), and I felt that way again a little over a year ago when I became aware of “valid” HTML. As far as I had been concerned, up until that point, if my pages looked basically the same in all of the browsers, then my HTML was “valid”. Boy was I wrong. After a year of hard work, and dealing with about 15 different validation applications, I feel that I have that particular battle won (just in time for Firefox 2.0 and IE 7 to come out and change all of the rules again, I’m sure). However, I hadn’t even begun to delve into the “accessibility” standards that everyone’s been raving about for the last year or two. Again, with much trepidation, I began doing research into the hurdles I would have to overcome in order to propel myself forward into the new era of web design. What I found, however, was not nearly as scary as I had feared.

Adobe Flash Seminars

Adobe is offering some free flash seminars. Check out the locations and registration details.

CSS Tweak

Andy Peatling’s CSS Tweak is a webbased software that will take in any CSS file and optimize its styles by grouping them and by putting them in shorthand.

It will also remove comments and whitespace for maximum compression and small filesize, if requested to do so.

Very cool, Andy.

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