Notes on a web journey

posted on: 30 April 2007

Php array_diff_assoc

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On Content with Style :

array_diff_assoc and the order of parameters

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posted on: 30 April 2007

InsertBefore

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On Content with Style :

Swapping nodes in a DOM tree

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posted on: 28 April 2007

JavaScript techniques

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Whether or not your JavaScript is maintainable often seems to be relative to the task you're trying to accomplish. You can follow best practices, or not, and sometimes you'll be fine either way. Nevertheless, in this article, we'll demonstrate seven techniques you can add to your daily code writing habits to make you a better programmer.

Seven JavaScript Techniques

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posted on: 28 April 2007

Focus on content

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On Digital Web Magazine :

Coding for Content

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posted on: 28 April 2007

Tables width

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On 456 Berea St. :

How to prevent HTML tables from becoming too wide

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posted on: 27 April 2007

Convey meaning

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If youíre a designer, you work to communicate and convey meaning. So itís important that you understand the mechanisms by which things and ideas acquire meaning; more than any other factor, your grasp of these fundamentals determines your ability to communicate effectively. Without fundamentals, you will flounder when faced with complex design challenges or constraints.

Contrast and Meaning

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posted on: 27 April 2007

Archimedes palimpsest

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Experts are lost for words to have found that a medieval prayer book has yielded yet another key ancient text buried within its parchment. Works by mathematician Archimedes and the politician Hyperides had already been found buried within the book, known as the Archimedes Palimpsest. But now advanced imaging technology has revealed a third text - a commentary on the philosopher Aristotle.

Text reveals more ancient secrets

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posted on: 25 April 2007

Hidden logo

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The Web, in particular in its version 2.0, is an implementation of the strategies of control in the field of writing. The image, at the opposite, is interpretable with more difficulty by the machine and remains a not very accessible territory. Pattern recognition is a field in full expansion. It constitutes a key technology in the domains of safety, of the management of the rights, of marketing.. Logo.Hallucination proposes to use technologies of recognition of images in order to detect subliminal forms of logos or emblems, hidden (generally involuntarily) in the visual environment or in the whole of the images of the Internet. The found images will be accessible in a weblog, proposing a comparison between the original on the one hand and, on the other hand, the brand and its logo.

Logo.Hallucination

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posted on: 24 April 2007

Light storage

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Today, if you wanted eco-friendly illumination, you would have solar panels generate power during the day to run your T8 fluorescent bulbs at night. But what if you could just store daylight itself and save it 'till later?

Things That Should Exist: Light Storage

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posted on: 24 April 2007

Software security

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..an excellent cross-platform, language-agnostic checksheet of common software security risks...a brief summary of each of the 19 sins, along with a count of the number of vulnerabilities I found in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures database for each one.

Sins of Software Security

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posted on: 24 April 2007

Concentration camp design

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If the canard that Adolf Hitler was a superb art director is meant to glorify the art directorial profession, think again. Although historians say he was the art dictator of Germany because he spent an inordinate amount of time overseeing the art and design of the Third Reich, he nonetheless had thousands of willing executioners, like Hugo Boss, designer and manufacturer of Wehrmacht and SS uniforms, doing the everyday work. Yet like art directors today, as Führer (leader) he received credit for everything under his domain, even those things he knew nothing about and had no hand in creating.

The Nazi Triangle

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posted on: 24 April 2007

Positioning

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On Digital Web Magazine:

Web Design 101: Positioning

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posted on: 21 April 2007

Walls

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The US military is building a three-mile concrete wall in the centre of Baghdad along the most murderous faultline between Sunni and Shia Muslims.

Latest US solution to Iraq's civil war

I cannot believe the stupidity of it: more walls? These people will never learn, apparently, they just keep digging a deeper hole. That building walls to keep people out, or in, does not bring any positive results should be clear to anybody at this point in history. How can they think that this could be a solution? This is the best the “experts” can come up with? Please, let monkeys run the show, we'd get much better results.

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posted on: 18 April 2007

Baseline grid

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Over the last year or so, there's been a lot of talk about grid systems and using column grids for website layouts.

Setting Type on the Web to a Baseline Grid

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posted on: 18 April 2007

Shaped by positive selection

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Humans are generally believed to be more highly “evolved” than our chimpanzee cousins. But in at least one sense that isn't true, say geneticists who have hunted for the hallmarks of natural selection in our respective genomes - and found more of them in chimps.

Chimps lead evolutionary race

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posted on: 17 April 2007

Six billion Others

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Via The Guardian's Internet Guide :

Yann Arthus-Bertrand is not a man for small ideas. After circumnavigating the globe taking aerial pictures for Earth From Above, his next ambitious project was to create a time capsule of the world today by interviewing people in every corner of the planet. Started in 2003, the results so far are put together on this slick site. Testimonials picks out snippets from the 6,000 video interviews with incredible people and incredibly normal people, all answering a similar set of questions about their lives and dreams. Dig deeper and you'll find full-length films and road diaries of the team's travels.

6 billion Others

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posted on: 17 April 2007

Folding techniques

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Sheets of plastic that fold into tiny pyramids, boxes and spheres when water is added have been created by French researchers. They think the technique could one day be used to mass-produce the microscopic 3D components used in found inside many different devices from printers to medical sensors.

Plastic sheets perform auto-origami

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posted on: 14 April 2007

Web technologies

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HTML 4.01 may be a good, stable ground for developers to stand on, but it could be better. Lots of things have changed in the way the web is used and perceived in the last eight years, but particularly from a developer perspective, we've gained an understanding of what HTML 4.01 failed at, and where it could be improved. The next generation of these technologies is arriving, and they are worth keeping an eye on. These technologies will affect everyone in the business.

HTML5, XHTML2, and the Future of the Web

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posted on: 13 April 2007

Chickens

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Scientists have at last uncovered the closest living relative of the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex, the most feared and famous of all the dinosaurs. For the first time, researchers have managed to sequence proteins from the long-extinct creature, leading them to the discovery that many of the molecules show a remarkable similarity to those of the humble chicken.

Who are you calling chicken?

I have had young roosters and they hunt as a pack, more similar to Velociraptors as shown on Jurassic Park then T. Rexes, chasing my dog away to get at his food.

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posted on: 11 April 2007

Faces

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A photoblog by Ryan Keberly:

The Snowsuit Effort

Faces of Metropolitan Detroit.

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posted on: 11 April 2007

Albert Einstein fish

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On Coudal Partners :

Whose Fish?, a brainteaser by Einstein (maybe).

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posted on: 06 April 2007

Accesskeys with Javascript and DOM

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On Vitamin:

Setting & Retrieving Accesskeys

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posted on: 05 April 2007

XMLHttpRequest with importNode

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On A List Apart:

While building a browser slideshow object for a demonstration on dynamically pulling image information from a web server, I ran into difficulty with the DOM-compliant approach I had envisioned. A two-day journey into the world of XML DOM support for web browsers lay between me and a satisfactory solution. My plan was to pass an XMLHttpRequest (XHR) with the name of an image to the server, which would return, from a combination of a database and the image itself, a title for the image, a description, and all meta data stored for the image. This data would be sent in XHTML format so that the client could simply import the XML response and append it to some container elements, thus speeding up the slideshow application.

Cross-Browser Scripting with importNode()

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posted on: 05 April 2007

Pharmaceutical consumer advertising

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Like the rest of the advertising industry, pharmaceutical companies look at their nails innocently when you suggest that adverts might affect behaviour, even though they know - that we know - that they'd only spend money on it if it worked. In fact, specific campaigns have been shown to affect prescribing practice, because modern doctors listen to their patients' demands, and pharmaceutical consumer advertising is growing twice as fast as advertising direct to doctors, for one simple reason: history has shown that you are stupid and easily led, although your education in bad science may stand you in good stead.

We've got the pills, so you must have a problem

Pharmaceutical companies are responsible for many, many deaths. Research done in Africa, using people as guinea pigs, drugs sold at very high prices, always looking to gain as much money as possible instead of keeping the health of people as their main target. Last example, the avian flu vaccine: Governments around the world bought it and it does not work. To make money on people health it's as bad , if not worse, then selling arms.

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posted on: 03 April 2007

Stop cluster munitions

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Cluster munitions spread bomblets or submunitions over wide areas threatening civilians as well as soldiers during attacks. They also leave unexploded bombs that threaten civilians for decades after a conflict. This page provides information and resources for individuals and organisations to take action to stop cluster munitions, a weapon with indiscriminate effects that is proliferating rapidly around the world.

Cluster munitions coalition

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posted on: 01 April 2007

Design and the Golden Section

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Design is, in essence, communication but the vehicle for communication is the design. One of the key components in the vehicle of communication is composition, and in design schooling it is something that is taught as something you should feel rather than create logically.

Design and the Divine Proportion

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posted on: 01 April 2007

Global warming and poverty

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The world's richest countries, which have contributed by far the most to the atmospheric changes linked to global warming, are already spending billions of dollars to limit their own risks from its worst consequences, like drought and rising seas. But despite longstanding treaty commitments to help poor countries deal with warming, these industrial powers are spending just tens of millions of dollars on ways to limit climate and coastal hazards in the world's most vulnerable regions - most of them close to the equator and overwhelmingly poor.

Poor Nations to Bear Brunt as World Warms

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CSS,Javascript and Php studies

Anti spam email
A solution to writing an anti spam email contact link
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
MiniSite
Experimenting with CSS and Javascript.A simple but, in my opinion, nice navigation “system”. The MiniSite is a one page site.
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
filed under: Javascript