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News : January 2006

Seven Accessibility Mistakes (Part 1)

Designers, clients and site visitors all have a role to play in achieving higher levels of accessibility across the Web. In a two-part series, contributing author Christian Heilmann discusses the seven habits that fail to deliver accessibility and what you can do to create change. This week Christian brings us habits one, two and three. Be sure to visit next week for habits four, five, six and seven. Read more...

January 31, 2006 at 8:03 AM

Krista Stevens

CSS Problem Solving Survey

Christopher Schmitt, Ethan Marcotte, Lisa McMillan, Dave Shea and Charles Wyke-Smith would like you to share your CSS problems. Their SXSWi panel, entitled "CSS Problem Solving" aims to tame real live CSS problems brought forward by people working in the wild world of web design. They're looking for input to shape the focus of their panel. If you've got a moment to spare and a problem to share, complete their short survey.

January 27, 2006 at 1:12 PM

Krista Stevens

Five Simple Steps to Typesetting - Part I

Knowledge of typography is a skill no well-rounded craftsman should be without. For those of us who've not had any formal design training, luckily there's Mark Boulton. Britpacker Mark offers his advice on proper glyphs in Five Simple Steps to Typesetting on the Web: The Right Glyph for the Job. In addition, if you haven't already seen it, check out his five part series on designing grid systems. Definitely time well spent.

January 26, 2006 at 4:25 PM

Krista Stevens

Thanks for Your Feedback

Nearly 500 people took time out of their day to complete the Digital Web Magazine annual readership survey. The survey is now closed. Watch this space for news of the results in the near future. Thank you for investing your time and thought into Digital Web Magazine.

January 26, 2006 at 4:19 PM

Krista Stevens

Last Chance for the Readership Survey

Thanks to the 446 readers who have invested their time to give feedback to Digital Web Magazine through the 2005 Readership Survey. The survey closes on Thursday, January 26th. If you haven't yet had the chance, please take a moment to complete it today. Anonymity is assured.

January 24, 2006 at 5:10 PM

Krista Stevens

Web Presentation Patterns

The ability to share best practices is a valuable aspect of any community. Join Jonathan Snook as he discusses the concept of design patterns as programming shorthand in Web Presentation Patterns - the current installment of his Behind the Curtain Column. Read more...

January 23, 2006 at 10:39 PM

Krista Stevens

And the winner of a free pass to SXSW Interactive is...

Ok, ok, so everyone is emailing me wanting to know who the winner of the free SXSWi pass giveaway is. Let me first say that this wasn't an easy decision for me or the rest of the staff to make. Let me also say that we didn't all agree on the same person. There were lots of reasons why we should choose any one of the people who commented, but to me it came down to a few factors. We did a few dart throws followed by some rolling of dice. We tried holding a switch from s sapling together and walking around the room with the names placed in each corner. Then, of course we did a few drops of the old toast and jam just to make sure we were right. Ok, without any further fan fare... Chris Griego, you're going to SXSW Interactive! Special thanks to all those who commented and we will totally put you on the list for a free pass next year.

January 23, 2006 at 10:17 PM

Nick Finck

Sites of Note

You can probably tell by the frequency of posts that things are getting busy again for me, so I will make this post more of a compelation instead of my typical post. Quite simply, here are some sites that I have been keeping track of lately be it for good content, good ideas, or just simply general interest:

Not all of these sites are new or anything (well, some are somewhat new). More to the point, this is just what I am keeping an eye on. I'd love to hear what sites you are keeping an eye on lately.

January 17, 2006 at 9:52 PM

Nick Finck

CSS Typography

Garrett Dimon says that with a little experimentation and creativity, you too can use CSS typography to improve readability, aesthetics and clarity of message. Read his latest View Source column to find out how. Read more...

January 16, 2006 at 7:02 PM

Krista Stevens

Don't Forget to Complete the Readership Survey

Thanks and hats off to the 365 readers who have already taken the time to complete the 2005 Digital Web Magazine Readership Survey. If you haven't yet had a chance, please take a few moments to give your feedback. Complete the survey today.

January 16, 2006 at 3:04 PM

Krista Stevens

AJAX Workshops

Not in London for the AJAX workshop? You're in luck, Gillian Carson tells me that Carson Systems is hosting a AJAX workshop in NYC on on 26th of January. The workshop will be presented by Thomas Fuchs of fame. Can't make it to NYC? On the same day Adaptive Path is hosting a AJAX workshop in Los Angeles. That workshop will be presented by Jesse James Garrett, Dan Saffer and guest speakers. Can't make it to LA? How about Miami? Adaptive Path is also hosting a AJAX workshop on February 8th which will be presented by Dan Saffer, Ryan Freitas and guest speakers.

You do realize what this means, right? ...there really is no excuse not to know AJAX now.

January 11, 2006 at 10:38 AM

Nick Finck

Idea Day: Podcasting

For those in the Seattle area, tonight Alex Williams and Matt May are going to be giving a presentation on podcasting at Idea Day. If you are in the area, swing on by. Social hour starts 7:00 tonight and the presentation starts at 8:00. Hope to see you there.

January 10, 2006 at 10:33 AM

Nick Finck

Designing for the Web

Celebrated American graphic artist Milton Glaser once said, "To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master." In this first edition of Digital Web Magazine for 2006, Design in Theory and Practice columnist Joshua David McClurg Genevese joins us for a discussion of the constraints Web designers work within. Read more...

January 9, 2006 at 10:01 PM

Krista Stevens

Win a free pass to SXSWi 2006

Ok, so the title is a little gimmicky, but it's true. SXSW Interactive has issued Digital Web Magazine a free pass to the 2006 event. True you will still need to pay for airfare and hotel, but you can't argue with free... besides, there are always plenty of web geeks to split a room with, just ask around. With that said, you're probably thinking I should shut up and just tell you how to get a free ticket. Well, it's simple. Post a comment to this blog post and tell us why you think Digital Web Magazine should give you the free ticket. Points will be awarded for originality, sob stories, and evidence of participation in acts of good will to other fellow web geeks. So what are you waiting for, comment away. Note, you may want to make sure you include your email address so we can contact you should you win.

January 9, 2006 at 3:58 PM

Nick Finck


The guys at SkinnyCorp have been up to no good yet again. This time it's all about the booze. Their latest site is called ExtraTasty which is essentially a Web 2.0 site that allows you to catalog your home bar's entire contents and explore drinks you can make with those ingredients. You can also tag, comment on, and rate recipes. The site is a lot like but what sets this site apart, I think, going to be the social aspect of the site which allows you to browse recipes your friends like and more. They are still working on the social aspect of the site (hurry up with that, Jeffrey!), but once it's done it's going to be killer.

January 9, 2006 at 8:51 AM

Nick Finck

AJAX Workshop in London

Andy Budd mentions that he is hosting a AJAX Workshop in London on Friday, the 10th of February. Spots are filling up fast so you might want to register early. Also on a related note the podcasts of d.Construct Web 2.0 are online now for your listening pleasure.

January 8, 2006 at 9:39 PM

Nick Finck

Thought Leadership

Brian Fling has posted a great piece on the Blue Flavored blog entitled Thought Leadership which covers the subjects of think tanks, research, blogging, trust, and modern business practices. Highly worth the read if you want to move away from being just a pundit to being more of a leader in your field.

January 5, 2006 at 3:33 PM

Nick Finck

Reminder: Update your date

Now that the new year is hear, I guess it would be a good time to remind everyone to update their site's copyright statment date in your footer. Of course, if you haven't already done this you should consider using a Server Side Include (SSI) call (e.g. <!--#config timefmt="%Y" --> <!--#echo var="DATE_LOCAL" -->), dynamic calls such as a PHP call (e.g. <?php echo date("Y") ?>), or even a Smarty call (e.g. {$|date_format:'%Y'}) like we do here on Digital Web Magazine. Happy New Year everyone.

January 4, 2006 at 12:29 PM

Nick Finck

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