Making a website for a client can involve all sorts of misunderstandings and confusion. One issue that comes up again and again is that when we talk about websites, we are often thinking of different things. Explaining what we mean early can make things a lot easier later.
Web development and other interesting things
Brad Frost has been compiling a really useful set of patterns, resources, and news about responsive web design. If you are even thinking about working on a responsive site, you should definitely take a look before you start.
A little while ago I started using a static site generator to manage my blog. I still like to idea of writing in my text editor, using Markdown, and publishing with Git. But I have switched back to WordPress because it is still the most convenient way of writing for the web.
Voyager 1 has become the first object made by humans to leave the solar system. It is still transmitting useful data more than 36 years after it was launched. It is an astonishing achievement. Our species has walked on the Moon, our probes have travelled to the planets of our solar system, and our rovers crawl over the surface of Mars. But this should be just the beginning: we have to keep going.
The NSA and GCHQ are monitoring all our communications. They say it’s all legal and above board. They say it’s for our own good. It doesn’t matter: it’s still creepy.
When Opera announced their move to WebKit, I wanted to write about the poorer place the web would be without the Presto rendering engine. And then Google announced Blink and suddenly I am faced with another browser testing headache.
I have started using Jekyll, a minimalist static site generator, to manage my website. It might not be for everyone, but it might be a good choice if you feel like updating your site with a text editor and some command line magic.
The q element first turned up in HTML4 for inline quotations. Lack of support is not the problem it used to be, but I think there are still good reasons to avoid using this element.
An article by Louis Lazaris appeared in Smashing Magazine this week, blaming all versions of Internet Explorer for holding back the web. I know nobody likes Internet Explorer 6, but is version 9 really that bad?