Via Smashing Magazine’s fantastic Twitter feed comes a nice primer on CSS resets, with some details as to why you should use one and what to reset. It does a good job of explaining how resets came to be and the differences between the major browsers that generally make them a good idea.
The new Facebook stuff is pretty cool (I’ve already rolled out Like buttons on each ReadWriteWeb article), but I cannot get the Mark Zuckerberg-as-Faceborg-King metaphor out of my head. Their intent is to be the underpinning of the social Web via their implants (erm, plugins) that will enhance our Web experience. I’m just waiting for a pseudo-cybernetic Sir Patrick Stewart to show up as Facebook’s spokesperson, that’s all.
Color schemes have been on my mind a lot lately. Contrast is King, an article in the latest A List Apart, shows you not only some cool tricks on making them but also how to make sure your schemes are not unreadable for colorblind people — and anything you can do to make your content more accessible to as wide of an audience as possible is a win.
If you’re looking to check the performance of your blog, check out Is My Blog Working?, a nifty site that examines your blog for functionality and performance troubles. I discovered it a year ago but I forgot the name of it until this evening, when I was testing a couple random optimizations I made to jaredwsmith.com (most notably WP-SuperCache). It gives you all sorts of interesting tidbits about your server and blog software which might help you find any issues with performance that might be keeping folks away.
At Tuesday’s co-working session, I talked about a few of the basics of HTML and CSS (as best as I could within two hours, that is). One of the focal points of the session was the importance of laying a strong foundation for a well-built Web page via semantic HTML that strictly separates content from presentation. We also walked through building a quick-and-dirty page with HTML and CSS while keeping focused on the importance of semantics and standards.
It’s been around a month since I pulled the trigger and made the Google Chrome beta channel (which I’ve since upgraded to the dev channel for extension support) the default browser on my Mac. It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough to where I can’t go back to Firefox now as my daily driver.
The three big reasons why Chrome reigns supreme? Speed, more speed, and WebKit. And now that extensions have come over to the Mac, there’s not too terribly many reasons to stick with Firefox anymore.
Last Friday, I got the opportunity to speak as part of a panel at AdFed U, a series of educational seminars for businesses and marketing professionals put on by the Advertising Federation of Charleston. The panel included Caroline Nuttall, the publisher of CHARLIE Magazine who spoke on online advertising, and Lyn Mettler, Web strategist and fellow SMC Charleston steering committee member who spoke about leveraging social media. My presentation focused on SEO — but rather than talk about ways to bolt SEO techniques onto sites, I really focused on the need for well-structured, well-written content combined with standards-compliant code and a content management system to keep things organized and straight.
We had ten minutes to talk (and I know I went over!), so this presentation scratches the surface of the surface on the topic. It’s geared — as best as I can! — to a non-technical audience, so the geeks of the audience may be disappointed. If you have any questions or comments about my presentation, please feel free to leave a comment on this post. Thanks to AdFed Charleston for the opportunity to be a part of what is an excellent series. Follow AdFedCharleston on Twitter to keep up with future seminars and events.
I don’t think MySpace likes posts with images in them. For instance, my rainy days post didn’t make it over. The MySpace crossposting plugin gives the option to post a generic message to tell people to click and read my blog here, or posts the text of the blog over to MySpace. I prefer the posting of the full text option — I used to force people to come over here from LiveJournal and that never happened. I modified my copy of the plugin to post a link to each post so those who would want to come here could. Apparently it didn’t like some of my formatting…no fun. Further testing is required.