New Design

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Well, I’ve got a new de­sign up, fi­nal­ly. Doesn’t look too much dif­fer­ent on the face. Most of the changes are be­hind the sce­nes, HTML5 and CSS3. If you’ve got the right browser, you might see some cool fonts and oth­er stuff. As usu­al, it ain’t com­plete, if I ever get around to it some oth­er cool­ness might ap­pear.

Well, it fig­ures, some stuff isn’t work­ing cor­rect­ly that worked just fine on my de­vel­op­ment box. Switched back to the old de­sign un­til I can fig­ure it out.

Well, I fi­nal­ly fig­ured out the bugs. @font-face should be work­ing now, I’m us­ing Greyscale and Midiet. The whole de­sign is cod­ed in HTML5, and I was us­ing every CSS3 bell and whistle just for prac­tice but end­ed up rip­ping most of them out. I plan on mak­ing a few more up­dates and to con­duct an au­dit of all my posts, to clean them up, but that process will take even longer than it did for me to come up with a new de­sign.

Cobbler’s Children

Monday, 7 December 2009

Probably the best rea­son to call for good web stan­dard prac­tices and a con­sis­tent and log­i­cal ap­proach to build­ing web­sites is the ease with which such good plan­ning en­ables fu­ture-proof­ing and up­grad­ing how a site looks. In 2002, when I start­ed this thing, I was blind­ly mov­ing about us­ing WYSIWYG, think­ing I knew what CSS was and how RSS worked. Now that I’ve got my head around that, and know how to build lean, se­man­tic markup, ac­knowl­edge the pow­er that tags can have and un­der­stand first-hand the im­por­tance of ac­ces­si­bil­i­ty in ex­pand­ing the web ex­pe­ri­ence, I of­ten want to go back and clean up all the dusty cor­ners of this site, mak­ing each post pass all of the var­i­ous tests that ex­ist to test web­pages.

I’ve been, every on­ce in a mo­ment, when I have a mo­ment, been work­ing on a re­design. HTML5 and CSS3, ex­cel­lent ty­pog­ra­phy and a new it­er­a­tion of the min­i­mal de­sign aes­thet­ic that’s be­come the norm here. I’ve been work­ing on it for months, but it is still on­ly bare­ly start­ed. It takes more time to fig­ure out where I left off than it does to make changes and up­dates to the de­sign. It’s the cobbler’s chil­dren.