Web programmers take note, gotAPI
is an excellent collection of searchable programming references wrapped up into a customizable interface.
posted by Roger Dodger
on Sep 21, 2006 -
The World's Worst Website?
Well, yes, it is
really bad, but is it the worst? More importantly, isn't there a better way to educate budding web designers? How about sites that encourage, with examples of what to do, rather than the opposite? [via The Red Ferret Journal
] [SFW, annoying MIDI]
posted by tommasz
on Aug 19, 2004 -
Web-based Humor at It's Finest
Words fail me. DeCloak sells (I'm guessing) an HTML templating system that works in tables. But they can't make it work in CSS. The good news is there's no reason to use CSS:
Q: TABLES are for TABULAR DATA and not meant for Web Page Layout . . .
A: Last time I checked, most web sites use a database. And databases are just a bunch of tables in the first place, hence tabular data.
posted by yerfatma
on Oct 29, 2003 -
Looking for a design for your next website? Open Source Web Design
is a site that offers tons of free web design templates that you can take and modify for your own needs.
posted by oissubke
on May 30, 2003 -
was, and is, an "an experimental hypertext site using HTML" — from 1996. The experiment itself, an interactive essay of sorts, starts here
; you can click around, or watch it cycle through by itself.
posted by mattpfeff
on Apr 15, 2003 -
is a web content accessibility validation solution, it is designed to identify errors in design related to Section 508 standards and the WCAG
guidelines. The main purpose of this portal is to educate web site developers in the development Web Based content that is accessible to all. Cynthia runs more tests than Bobby
and is free. I think the site itself fails the accessiblity test, 'cause it doesn't have "WCAG
" in an <abbr> tag
, nonetheless it's a good tool. [via zeldman]
posted by riffola
on Mar 18, 2003 -
99.9% of Websites Are Obsolete
An excerpt from an upcoming book by Mr. Zeldman in which he continues to argue the practice of standards compliance - "Held up as a Holy Grail of professional development practice, backward compatibility sounds good in theory. But the cost is too high and the practice has always been based on a lie." I enjoy his writing but he seems to be repeating himself as usual. Still, it is a good argument: where do we focus our priorities for future development - pure standards compliant CSS models, backwards compatibility, or somewhere in between? I know this has been discussed before
but thought it postworthy due to the new book and all.
posted by poopy
on Sep 6, 2002 -
is a Shockwave app that turns a web page into music by converting the HTML into numbers and then running that through formulas developed by Arnold Schoenberg
, who came to be known as the inventory of atonalism in music, and influential in serialism
, which aims to produce music by controlling aspects of the music with number series. Don't expect Beethoven, but sometimes the output is nice.
The Google front page produced a pretty soothing bit of background sound the first time I tried it, but the next, it sounded like several other pages I tried. Some explanation for this and the choice of a single sound can be found in the informative critique.
posted by Su
on Jul 18, 2002 -
The Web Standards Project
is back, now in easy-to-swallow blog form. Stand up straight! Close that HTML tag! And wipe that silly browser off your hard drive, mister! And the other
posted by gazingus
on Jun 11, 2002 -
is a new magazine/web site dedicated to "interactive design and commerce." Nice design; bummer about the frames.
posted by kirkaracha
on Apr 7, 2002 -
HTML. No Flash, no nothing. Wow.
posted by Su
on Feb 27, 2002 -
HTML code patented.
Thanks to Unicast and your friends in the US patent office. "Unicast's second patent, No. 6,314,451, covers the method of serving Internet ads using HTML code that, when downloaded by a Web browser, can be used to begin downloading dynamically- produced content." It also seems that they are ready to get sue-happy.
posted by owillis
on Dec 3, 2001 -
The Froggy Page
was the Cool Site of the Day
from August 8, 1994. It's the oldest site archived there without the disclaimer, "site no longer live". The page sure looks like it was built in '94 -- not even a single table! (Can anyone who was coding back then confirm if the code is really that old?) Does anyone have a favorite site from those good old days?
posted by mattpfeff
on Sep 27, 2001 -
CSS behavior tag
and HTML Component files
are some of the new bits that Microsoft has proposed to the standards boards and which are already implemented in recent versions of IE. Of course, I only discovered them by poking around in microsoft.com's source. What do you think of these tools? It looks like it will make Web apps more powerful and application like.
posted by benbrown
on Jun 25, 2001 -
A web bug detector to find out who's using single-pixel GIFs to relay information to third parties. Distributed by the folks at the Privacy Foundation
I've long wanted to have this information without mucking through the HTML source. Now that it's available, I don't know if I really want to know.
posted by idiolect
on Jun 12, 2001 -
Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic
Jakob Nielsen says "to take the Internet to the next level, users must begin posting their own material ...
the vast wasteland of Geocities confirms this. Giving users a home-page editing program does not turn them into good writers."
to task: "his recommended approach is crazy ...Why bog kids down with HTML?" Blogs, of course, are her solution. But for some folks
this simply doesn't add up. Saying kids shouldn't learn HTML because Blogger exists is like saying they shouldn't learn to add because calculators exist.
posted by webchick
on Sep 30, 2000 -
At work, I'm working on applying XSL transforms to XML documents to get HTML, HDML, and WML pages via an ISAPI filter for IIS. Maybe eventually I'll play with DISCO
, and then I'll move on to SOAP
, and maybe even SAX
. When will the acronymical madness stop?
posted by endquote
on Jul 11, 2000 -
teens spin web of the future.
great article re: the winners of a competition for teenagers maintaining useful, unique, nonprofit sites.
Emily Boyde, 17, of Newcastle, Australia, was the only female finalist. Her Web site, MatMice
, allows kids to create their own Web sites and view sites made by their friends.
She taught herself to write HTML, the language used to create Web sites.
"I don't know a lot of other females who do this sort of thing," she said. "But after I saw the Internet, I liked the look of it. So I decided to learn to use it myself."
Emily rocks my world.
What do you think of the winners?
posted by gusset
on Jun 25, 2000 -
What hasn't been noted much on the DEN and boo.com closings
is the high-bandwidth aspirations both sites trumpeted. No doubt this is why much of Metafilter's readership is privately reveling in these failures. They subtly reinforce the Web's "minimum" ideals -- keeping multimedia to a minimum, minimizing file sizes and download times, letting the minimalist purity of HTML reign supreme. Should this really make us happy, though? I'm a big supporter of fast browsing and markup-language standards, but aren't we missing the point when we secretly root for the bleeding edge to fail?
posted by werty
on May 19, 2000 -