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More Yahoo goodies

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

More good stuff from Yahoo:

  • The Design Pattern Library describes patterns to use when you have a certain task to fulfil, taking the idea of patterns into the UI arena. If you have no clue about patterns, check Snook’s bit at Digital Web about them.
  • Proving that the developers can walk the walk instead of just teasing you, there is also a User Interface Library to download and use, instead of checking through 23123 different calendar pop-ups to use.

Dang, I need more time. There goes taking in food and sleeping.

Graded Browser Support

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Yahoo just released their idea of modern browser support entitled Graded Browser Support . I have been advocating this in my company for a while, although it sometimes is tricky as it is also dependent on the client and their visitors (I had this wonderful degrading CSS-layout with awesome DOM Scripting effects just to realise that the main user group is IE5 and – god forbid – Netscape Communicator).

I was also pretty chuffed to see them linking to my unobtrusive JavaScript course :-)

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it is a new server!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Ok, I am reporting live from the new server donated by the lovely people at NWU. Hopefully the transition went smoothly and there are no hickups.

Generally the site should run smoother and faster now, as the server is bigger better faster and better connected.

So target really is deprecated, huh?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Yes I know, both Molly and Derek have reported on it already, but after pointing out in my 10 reasons why clients don’t care about accessibility article that one reason is that nobody has been sued properly yet, it seems we are one step in that direction.

Target is being sued for inaccessibility. From the webaim list:

This is to bring to your attention that a web accessibility lawsuit has been filed against the retail store Target. For further information, please see the disability rights advocates site . There are two links about NFB v. Target at the bottom of the page – one is a factsheet and the other is the actual complaint filed February 7, 2006. The International Center on Disability has also posted the information on their homepage at Filed in California State court, the complaint alleges violations of the California Unruh Civil Rights Act and the California Disabled Persons Act. Relief requested includes statutory damages which may include treble damages under the Unruh Civil Rights Act. California law incorporates the Americans with Disabilities Act provisions in the Unruh Civil Rights Act and provides for relief beyond that available at the federal level.

The very interesting part is that target seem to be only a whitelabeled site using the Amazon API, once again proof that the backend can be good but you still can make a pig’s ear out of it.

Large clickable boxes as navigation with CSS and DOM

Monday, February 13th, 2006

A client asked for a proof of concept how you could create large clickable boxes as a navigation. They wanted the whole box clickable, and if the link is a section link with child elements they wanted an indicator that there is more. The links without children should simply send the user to the site, the parent links should not follow the main link, but expand the children.

Check out the demo page: large boxes as links and feel free to get inspired. If wanted, I can write a quick explanation on how it is done and you could send sexier styles.