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So the dust is starting to settle as we become familiar with a number of techniques for developing responsive websites, but for myself, this road has not exactly been as problem-free as I thought it was going to be. First, a quick overview for those unfamiliar with the concept of responsive web design.

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WDS07: Pre-conference recon.

Posted by Mikey McCorry | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 24-09-2007

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It’s that time of year again when the ol’ weblog gets it’s yearly workout. I arrived in Sydney this afternoon, and after settling into my hotel room (with LCD TV! Yay!), getting all showered up (By the way, WTF? What kind of hotel has the hot tap turn on anti-clockwise, and the cold tap turn on clockwise?), I’m about to venture forth for bite to eat then take a walk to get my bearings to the Powerhouse Museum (the venue for tomorrow’s workshop with Andy Clarke. I’m really looking forward to this conference, as I’m not only a fan of Andy’s work, but also of his way of thinking. He’s very inspiring.

Also as part of the pre-conference buzz-building is all the social network web gizmos that go along with it. I’ve got the Flickr tagged, the Twitter feed, the Technorati tagged, the Facebook group, along with the official website, all bookmarked and open in my Firefox tabs. If I’ve missed anything, let me know :)

On a similar note, I’m a little saddened that last year’s Web Connections website wasn’t re-jigged for this year’s conference. Although, as illustrated above, there’s no shortage of networking apps linked to the conference, it was handy to have everything in the one place. Perhaps if the Facebook group was utilised a little more… Anyhoo, I’ll be kicking around Sydney throughout the conference, so if you want to catch up, give me a hoy-hoy.

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Glass And A Half Productions

Posted by Mikey McCorry | Posted in Elsewhere | Posted on 06-09-2007

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I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life.

Content and presentation separation anxiety

Posted by Mikey McCorry | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 22-08-2007

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Recently there has been a bit of discussion about the ol’ separation of content and presentation after the release (and subsequent point upgrade release) of Blueprint, a most excellent CSS framework by Olav Bjørkøy (also based on the work of others) for the quick deployment of grid layouts and baseline typography. B

Among the voices heard was Jeff Croft who stood up for the framework, stating that in the real world of commercial web development, it’s less important to adhere strictly to keeping presentational class names out of the markup.

Where web standards and other best practices don’t provide great benefits, find solutions that do.

This, in turn, started a mini-barney in the comments between himself and Jeremy Keith (which has rightly been removed), highlighting that even the web-celebs are having trouble agreeing on the issue.

What I would love to see (and please enlighten me if something like this already exists, or is planned for CSS3) is something like definable style aliases. For example, instead of having the following in your markup:

<div id="header" class="column span-2 append-1">Content...</div>

… we just could use:

<div id="header">Content...</div>

… and then define something like the following in your stylesheet:

#header {
     alias: '.column', '.span-2', '.append-1';
}

This way you could keep the extraneous presentation-related classes out of the mark up and associate them to meaningful identifiers or classes in the stylesheet where they belong. From what I can gather, the problem most people have with the likes of Blueprint is not with having class names based on presentation, but the fact that they get all mixed up with the markup.

I’d love to know what you you think, especially if you know something I don’t. :)

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Designing “The Future of” sites

Posted by Mikey McCorry | Posted in Elsewhere | Posted on 15-08-2007

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Ryan Nichols has written an excellent article on DWM about designing the websites and branding behind Carson Systems’ “The Future of…” series of conferences. It must have been a great experience for them to sink their teeth into a project like that, and then to see the fruits of their labour all over the web as well as the real world.

Safari for Window, for like, realsies.

Posted by Mikey McCorry | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 12-06-2007

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That’s right. Apple has shocked-and-awed me by announcing that as of the current version (3 Beta), Safari is now available for download as a native Windows application. Well, when I say native, it still looks like it’s just a screenshot of an OSX app, gun-metal grey chrome and all. I wish it looked a little more like a windows app, especially with the way the Preferences window behaves, but for the first release, I’m quite pleased. Performance is good, and I find the HTML rendering to be very accurate. I don’t quite think I’m ready to switch from Firefox just yet, but it’s great to be able to test for Safari without firing up the Mac.

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