CSS Naked Day!

I’ve stripped off all my CSS for the day (and maybe a few more days). Why? It’s the first annual CSS Naked Day. Several of my favorite blogs have gone naked as well, including Adactio and Clagnut. There’s also a mention on The Web Standards Project.

The point is to expose the raw HTML of your site to see if it’s actually usable. The point of standards based design is to separate function and content as much as possible from layout and style. If a web designer has done his job right, the site should remain functional with no CSS whatsoever.

So, what do you think? Is the site still usable? I realize it isn’t pretty, but does it function? What could I add or remove so that my markup makes more sense? Remember, adding things to the markup won’t necessarily interfere with my layout because I can use CSS to completely hide elements. For instance, I’m already thinking of adding some kind of header before the four main navigation links (i.e. Blog, Archive, Info, and Contact) to set them apart from the section above them. My layout sets them apart prominently with positioning and visual appearance, but the markup itself doesn’t indicate what they are or that they are important. A header would fix that, and I could hide it using CSS so it doesn’t interfere with my layout.

What else could use a tweak? Let me know in the comments.

New Header Images

I’ve replaced the header images both on this blog and on my Foundation blog. I had to finagle a half-transparent box just to make the text readable on both sites, but I don’t think it looks half bad (note that I haven’t looked at it in IE yet). One down side is it breaks when you increase or decrease your text size. I’d love to rip this all down and start over, but I don’t have the time, and I think this small change will keep me satisfied with this layout for a few months more.

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ContentWatch Redesigns

ContentWatch has redesigned its website. The design is similar to their last one with some nice graphical improvements. The real reason I’m writing this is to point out what’s under the hood. For the first time, ContentWatch’s website is running on strict XHTML using CSS for both design and layout.

At the time of this writing I see 5 unescaped ampersands keeping the page from validating, but everything else looks great. I should mention that some of the inside pages haven’t been updated to the new tableless design yet, but I’m assuming they’re working on that.

Nice work, ContentWatch. Way to go!

Windows Vista fonts

Microsoft has announced the official name of the Longhorn code-name project: Windows Vista.

One of the more exciting announcements (imho) is that six new fonts will ship with the OS. Assuming Vista gains widespread market-share, these will be the first new fonts in a long time to be acceptable for use on the web.

You can already download the fonts from various places on the net (I got them here). They’re all pretty simple, but they’re a nice break from the same three or four fonts everyone’s used to seeing.

(Hat tip: Aaron Toponce)

localhost

I’ve been thinking for a long time about how nice it would be to have my own private wiki for notetaking and general thought collection. I’d want to be able to access it offline (for taking notes in classes where I don’t have a wireless connection) and I wouldn’t want anyone besides me to have access. I’ve used a few freeware note programs — some even patterned after wikis — but none of them compare remotely to MediaWiki[1].

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Introducing “Joey Day : Collaboration”

A friend of mine contacted me over IM with a CSS question today. Through the course of the conversation, he introduced me to an insteresting resource: “pastebin”:http://www.pastebin.com.

The premise is simple. Need help troubleshooting a piece of code? Maybe you’ve been talking to a friend over IM or IRC and they want to see what you’re working on. Pasting the code into the IM window can be a little annoying. Instead, you can simply paste your code into pastebin and give your friend a link. They can edit the code and paste it back so you can see their suggested changes.

I took the liberty of stealing their script (they said I could) and installed it at paste.joeyday.com. There are a few kinks to work out, but feel free to use it whenever you like.

Edit April 18, 2005 @ 2:03 pm: I’ve taken my local installation of pastebin down because I wasn’t really using it.

A Better Wishlist

Well, smack me up the side of my head with a rubber tuna fish. Jordan over at swirlee.org has found what I think may be “the best way to keep track of a wish list”:http://www.swirlee.org/2005/01/06/a-delicious-wish-list/ using del.icio.us. It’s so devilishly simple I’m not sure why hundreds of people haven’t done it before.

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Interblog Menus

A “recent comment”:http://joeyday.com/2004/12/29/delicious#comments from “Winslow Oddfellow II”:http://winslowslair.supremepixels.net/:

bq. By the way, how did you get that InterBlog thinger on your sidebar?

That’s a good question. It’s actually kinda funny, since right now my “Avocation” blog is powered by WordPress and my “Foundation” blog is still running on Movable Type. They refer to each other with what appear to be identical menus, but they are almost as different as night and day.

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Avocation Enters the 21st Century

When I first started using “Movable Type”:http://www.movabletype.org I decided the fastest way to learn the system was to start from scratch building my own templates, rather than relying on their prebuilt ones (which are all boring, anyway). Consequently, I was very late to adopt some of the more useful features. It took me a while to figure out trackback pings and category archives, and I still have yet to create a master archive index, prefering to list my category and monthly archives on the sidebar. I’ve been especially slow to add RSS/Atom syndication feeds, partly because I don’t understand it, and partly because I never saw the usefulness of it.

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