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Friday, August 25th, 2006

Don’t Over Think Country Lists

“Every extra step on a form will see greater bail-out before finishing”

Roger Johansson of 456 Berea Street has posted today on the usability issues surrounding the use of drop-down lists in forms for selection of countries. Roger cites the Jakob Nielsen article written in november, 2000 suggesting a simple list of hard coded links on a page but I agree that’s not an option in a form. And he points to Bruce Lawson’s current project allowing users to input their choice with server-side error correction and a lookup table for identifying like-synonyms such as UK and GB.

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Sunday, August 13th, 2006

Holy Moley - Cascading Stylesheets!

“I bow to their spittled cockroach infested feet”

At one time only a few short years ago I would sit in the labs at university and hear tables, frames and spacer gifs espoused as the currency of good web sites. The lecturers forced us to use nested frames on assignments and I recall at the School of Information Systems in a Web Management elective the senior lecturer was gobsmacked that I produced a layout with Cascading Stylesheets (CSS). Holy Moley!

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Recent on Pig Pen

Encoding Ampersands

September 10th, 2006

Encoding Ampersands to please the validator might be more important than you've been led to understand - thanks Roger.

Accessibility Role At Google

September 10th, 2006

Accessibility Role At Google is advertised and Joe explains why they're only paying lip service to accessibility. They need a department and 10 men - not all programmers!

What's On At Target?

September 10th, 2006

What's On At Target? Remember they're being sued for having an inaccessible website. Joe Clark has an update.

Update: 10/9/06
Slashdot have a post on this pointing to an article on Business Wire.

BBEdit 8.5

September 10th, 2006

BBEdit 8.5 - professional HTML and text editor for Macintosh.

Asian Mobile Web

September 9th, 2006

Asian Mobile Web is years ahead of America's - only 1.5 years though.

Paris Hilton On South Park

September 9th, 2006

Paris Hilton On South Park is funny, I must have missed this episode.

Best Web Based Applications

September 9th, 2006

Best Web Based Applications for small business from Forbes. (via Slashdot)

Happy Birthday Star Trek

September 9th, 2006

Happy Birthday Star Trek - wow 40 already! (via Slashdot)

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Recent on Norty Pig

Business Issue #1: Silos

September 8th, 2006

Fast Company asks Do you suffer from silo dysfunction? We all live in silos and so its natural they exist inside organisations but if you know they're there you can break the down the barriers. Ken Yarmosh's article Why Web 2.0 Matters To Your Business - Knowledge Sharing is worth a read too.

Businesses Should Know...

September 1st, 2006

Roger Johansson's article 10 Things Businesses Should Know Before Building a Website adds to some others on the subject. If you're hiring or building a web site you should read this.

Gov't Work Postponed

August 30th, 2006

After a phone call with the relevant manager the public sector work will be postponed, so if anyone needs to use my services for 2 half days per week you need only use my contact page to reach me.

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