Musing on the current state of web-based technologies and what direction they might take in the future.
- Visual Event 2
There is a lot of text on the web (out of necessity of course) and I was thinking about how a message could be hidden in that text. Travelling along that line of thought, I started to experiment with getting information about individual characters, and displaying a message based on those characters on screen in a rather fun way. Thus 'Secret' was born.
- DataTables 1.4
DataTables was designed for progressive enhancement of tabular HTML data, giving the end user a wide range of options for customising the display of that data as they wish. DataTables 1.4 continues on this track, with the focus on the tools and methods it uses and provides for the developer.
DataTables now has it's own web-site! Please visit DataTables.net for up-to-date software and information
- Visual Event
Update: Visual Event 2 is now available and released as open source.
Please note that DataTables now has it's own web-site! Please visit DataTables.net for up-to-date software and information
- Graded Technology Support
Deciding whether a web-developer should offer support for a particular browser is no longer the hard and fast line it once was. Rather, we must now consider not only a multitude of browsers, but also a multitude of configurations that any one particular browser might be in. This can be done by extending the graded browser support principle to be technology dependent.
- Canvas 3D
The 3D canvas context promises a lot of interesting applications and developments in future. Pioneering work has recently been done by both the Opera and Mozilla teams in this area, and I've been experimenting with Collada models in Opera's implementation.
- Conditional-CSS details
The power of Conditional-CSS is in it's simplicity, but also in it's flexibility to cope with almost any situation in which you would need to send different CSS information to different browsers. In this article I consider some of its more advanced and technical aspects.
One of the most reoccurring frustrations in web-development is CSS bugs in the various web-browsers. Conditional-CSS addresses this by allowing you to write maintainable CSS with conditional logic to target specific CSS at both individual browsers and groups of browsers.
Note that Conditional-CSS now has it's own web-site and is available for PHP, C# and C.
Sharing ideas and comments about a particular web-page is often a tedious process involving lots of e-mail to and fro, or printed pages with post-it notes on them. Label addresses this by making it 'one click easy' to store your thoughts about any page and to share them with others.
There are many problems which may occur with a web-site, however there is one which is far more common than any other. This is of course bad spelling. We find spelling mistakes on all sorts of sites, even professional and corporate sites which are doubtless maintained by trained copyrighters. Spell checking a web-site is notoriously difficult, as well as a tiresome exercise. Therefore, I introduce SprySpell to ease this burden.
When creating and deploying a web-site for a client, there are a number of sanity checks you should always run through before delivering the site. Spell checking the site is a good start (SprySpell) as is testing it in a number of web browsers. Checking for 404 errors and ensuring the structure of your site is what you expected is also essential, and for that I introduce 'Integrity' in this article.
- Canvas Charts
The canvas tag offers raster image controls inside an HTML document and I've been experimenting with it over the last few days as a possibility of using it for chart controls. I've modified the excellent Chart by Emil Eklund to suit my own purposes. Redraw and smoother graphics have been added.
- The Web Browser Paradigm
Consider the medium to long term future of the web-browser as we know it, in what is at moment a rather controversial manner. How will it change, how will it cope with new demands placed upon it?
- Next generation web-browsers
With the browser wars heating up again, with time between Microsoft and Firefox with Safari and Opera on the outside, what can we expect from then next generation of web-browsers?
- What makes a web designer?
Not an easy question to answer this one. A web-designer is more that just a person who knows how to surf the web, use FrontPage and possibly write a little html. A lot more.
- A world where size doesn't matter
Imagine creating one graphic and having it look great on all screen. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) offer a bright future for graphics which render smoothly at any resolution and play nicely with other XML document types.
Ever feel a little bit overwhelmed with the number of code libraries that are available? Take a look at this post and feel a bit better about the world.
Visual Event for Opera
Victor Grischenko has wrapped Visual Event up in an Opera extension, making it even easier to use Visual Event in Opera now.
Why Visual Event
Mark Haller of LogicSpot does a superb job of introducing the exact reasons for which I created Visual Event!
Bullet time surfing
What could possibly be cooler than surfing? Surfing with bullet time captures - amazing work from Rip Curl. Seriously - watch the video!
Big changes for Flash
This week Adobe has announced an end to mobile Flash development and Flex now appears to be heading out of the door as well.