Archive of: 2003
Well that was an enjoyable conference. Made all the more special by Edinburgh itself. What a fantastic city!
Proper write up and pictures to follow next week. But in the meantime, if you want to grab my slides (1MB zip file), help yourself.
I’m going to be away for most of next week as I’m giving a talk at the Government Computing 2003 conference. I’ve been asked to talk about Open Source software: what it is, how it works and the opportunities for the public sector. Basic stuff, but it’s going to be a chance to get OS in front of some big players in Scottish government and the public sector.
I’m going to try and keep this place updated with how things are going and maybe get some photos up (depending on the connection at the hotel) from the conference and around Edinburgh.
The conference takes place at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on the 4th and 5th of November and is free to the public and not-for-profit sector.
Well the subject pretty much says it all. ALA is back with it’s new redesign and three new articles.
- Facts and Opinion About Fahrner Image Replacement by Joe Clark
- Sliding Doors of CSS. Douglas Bowman looks at ways of improving the visual appeal of tabbed navigation.
- Random Image Rotation. A PHP script by Dan Benjamin which allows you to have random images displayed every time a page is loaded.
This is a new site on the block, that grew out of Heidi Adkisson’s Master Thesis "Identifying De-Facto Standards for E-Commerce Web Sites".
It’s aim is to help designers and developers to understand and identify some of the ‘de-facto’ standards that we use on the web today.
That’s not to say these are "THE RULES!", as Heidi herself explains on the about page:
"The data presented on this site are intended to inform design decisions, not dictate them. Common practice does not necessarily equate with best practiceâ€”and the relationship between consistency and usability on the Web is remains a lightly researched area. A goal of this site is to encourage and highlight related empirical research. Youâ€™ll find throughout the site links to related studies."
Hat Tip: The Web Standards Project
Busy day today, so here’s a list of stuff that you may not know about yet:
- Take a peek at the new design for mozilla.org, authored by Dave Shea of CSS Zen Garden fame.
- In other Mozilla news, Mozilla 1.5 and Firebird 0.7 have been released.
- The W3C have confirmed that XForms and XML Events are now Recommendations.
The Xforms stuff looks really good. I’ve been following it for a little while now, but have never had the chance to actually write any code. Soon hopefully.
After about 1/2 hour of trying to register – involving timeouts (I’m on a 256k leased line here!), error messages saying the system was down, then it was back up, then it was down – the system finally let me sign up and log in.
Error Unknown error number:
We are sorry you have encountered this problem. At the moment we are unable to establish the exact cause but if it re-occurs, please make a note of the error number and contact customer services via email at: *********@orange.co.uk. Please enclose details of the circumstances which caused the error.
So I have to take note of the non-existent error number, and then give it to Orange Customer Service? That makes perfect sense.
Whilst this is a pretty disturbing trend, what’s more disturbing is the name Wired has decided to give to these guys:
If you grew up in the U.K. during late 70’s/early 80’s you’ll know why I’m sniggering.
I think I’ll start calling spammers "Joeys".
Roblimo spends a week with Windows.
My copy of Windows XP Pro seems to have a program included with it called ‘Windows Messenger’ that, as far as I can tell, is some sort of ad delivery mechanism.
It’s been one of those weeks. You know the ones that start off odd, swing past stressful, pay a quick visit to WTF OMG! and end up with you feeling confused. Of course it’s only twenty past two on Friday afternoon, so there is the possibilty of a visit from the Happy Fairy, but I’m not counting on it.
And do yourself a favour, get the new Cooper Temple Clause Album, Kick Up The Fire, And Let The Flames Break Loose. Absolutely first class…. it’s good to be excited about a band again after so long.