Notes on a web journey

posted on: 27 February 2007

Web standards and quality

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Two related articles on web standards by Andy Rutledge:

In spite of the widespread acceptance of Web standards by a specific segment of the design and development community, hosts of professionals - those out there right now creating the Web - are working in direct opposition to these standards. A significant reason for why this is happening and how those not working with Web standards justify their activity boils down, I believe, to something regrettably simple: nomenclature.

Web Standards: it's about quality, not compliance

As I referenced in my last article, the benefits and characteristics of Web standards are not being effectively communicated to many who need to hear and learn about them. The result is that some understandably leap to inaccurate conclusions while gross mischaracterizations are allowed to fester among members of the design and development community.

Web Misunderstandards


posted on: 26 February 2007

Turning scanners into readers

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For the purposes of web design, think of your writing as a series of visual cues designed to turn scanners into readers. As a dedicated scanner myself, I can attest to the effectiveness of these methods - some of them I even found myself using whilst searching for information for this article.

Does Your Copy Hold Up To A Quick Glance?


posted on: 26 February 2007

New species, warm water and whales

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The seas around the Antarctic peninsula are among the most mysterious places on Earth - what life there is has remained largely a mystery, thanks to a thick cover of ice for the past few millennia. But the collapse of some of these ice sheets has given scientists a rare opportunity for access, and yesterday they revealed that they had found a thriving underwater world that is being transformed by climate change.

The Antarctic's secrets revealed by melting ice


posted on: 23 February 2007

Penrose tilings

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The complex geometrical designs used centuries ago in Islamic art and architecture were planned with a tiling system that was not discovered in the West until five centuries later, two physicists have claimed.

Islamic tiles reveal sophisticated maths


posted on: 21 February 2007


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If you saw Bernie Krause, a sotto voce man with heavy, nearsighted eyes, seated amid the baffling array of high-tech sound-engineering gear in his Glen Ellen, Calif., studio, you might never guess that he was once flung down a Rwandan mountainside by a mountain gorilla. Or that he forced himself to sit coolly still in the stultifying blackness of an Amazon jungle night while a prowling jaguar mouthed a microphone he had set up only 30 feet down the trail. As Krause tells these tales of peril, his voice resonates with a certain fearlessness developed during his worldwide, nearly 40-year quest to record the earth's rapidly disappearing biophony - a term he coined to describe that portion of the soundscape contributed by nonhuman creatures. Biophony, Krause has theorized, is unique to each place; nowhere in nature sounds exactly like anywhere else.

The Noises of Nature


posted on: 18 February 2007

Energy from waves

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The viability of harnessing waves as a lucrative renewable energy source received a boost last week following the announcement that the world's first commercial wave energy project will begin delivering wave-generated energy to the north of Portugal later this month.

New Wave Energy Project

This piece of news dates October 2006, I just found out about it via 3 Quarks Daily. I think that it should have had a much bigger news coverage.


posted on: 16 February 2007

Subglacial reservoirs

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Giant blisters containing water that rapidly expand and contract have been mapped beneath the Antarctic ice sheet. Fed by a complex network of rivers, the subglacial reservoirs force the overlying ice to rise and fall.

Antarctic water world uncovered


posted on: 15 February 2007

Carbon dioxide in the ocean

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Human-generated carbon dioxide has sunk down to a great depth in the North Atlantic Ocean, a new study has shown. The work, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that the oceans store CO2 for longer than expected - good news for reducing the risk of climate change, but bad news for marine life in the deep sea.

Carbon goes deep


posted on: 15 February 2007

Chimp tools

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In the West African rainforest, archaeologists have found ancient chimpanzee stone tools thousands of years older than the previous oldest finds in the same area. The discovery suggests that chimps may have passed cultural information down the generations for more than 4,000 years.

Oldest chimp tools


posted on: 14 February 2007


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An annual contest for the best microphotographs of living (or once living) things.

Zinnia flower primordium

Microphotographs of Living Things


posted on: 14 February 2007


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The new Spitzer Hall of Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City opened to the public on February 10. Visitors to its elaborate displays can explore the fossil and genomic findings that f orm the basis for the current thinking on how we became human.

The new Spitzer Hall of Human Origins

The Hominids Take Manhattan


posted on: 12 February 2007

Five Simple Steps

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A post of the Five Simple Steps series by Mark Boulton:

Colour combinations

The book: Five Simple Steps: Designing for the Web


posted on: 10 February 2007

Brain Gain

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On Nature:

Italian jobs cause ruction

Research is important, the italian Government should be much more attentive and concerned about promising without delivering.


posted on: 09 February 2007

Verse quotations

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Indent or center verse quotations


posted on: 09 February 2007

Accessibility mistakes

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On 456 Berea St.:

7 accessibility mistakes


posted on: 08 February 2007

Multi column layouts

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On A List Apart:

Multi-Column Layouts


posted on: 08 February 2007

Web and graphics design

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Via NoisyDecentGraphics:


posted on: 08 February 2007

Transit Authority Graphics

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Via Ace Jet 170:

NY City Transit Authority Graphics Standards


posted on: 08 February 2007

The Design Disease

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A post on NoisyDecentGraphics has become this:

The Design Disease

Simple and nice.


posted on: 01 February 2007

Sound on web browsers

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Sound with Javascript:

sound in web browsers without Flash


CSS,Javascript and Php studies

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filed under: Javascript
Background image
A background image randomizer that I used in the second version of this site.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
Javascript menu
A menu that uses Javascript and session cookies.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
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filed under: Javascript/CSS
Photo display
Protect copyrighted photos: a simple but effective solution.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
Photo gallery
A photo gallery made for a friend
filed under: Javascript
PHP menu
A PHP menu that can be updated without having to re-publish all the pages is on.
filed under: PHP
Pop-up menu
A very simple pop up menu powered by Javascript. It works also if Javascript is disabled.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
RSS feed
How to write and use an RSS feed
filed under: rss-xml
Tag replacer
The Tag replacer explained and a link to it.
filed under: PHP
Tags search
A search form build and powered using Javascript and the DOM
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