Archive for November, 2005

Stylish Accessible Buttons

Sunday, November 27th, 2005
Stylish Accessible Buttons

Buttons that look good and the same in Firefox (PC and Mac), Opera (PC and Mac), Camino, Safari and almost in IE 5, 5.5 and 6 (PC), scale with changes in font size and be accessible, can be done.

Lesson learnt from downloading fonts from a German website

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

You get reminders on usability from the strangest places

Elastic Images

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

I actively promote elastic design, so the next step is elastic images. That is images that are proportional to your layout. So here is a little experiment. Apologies to RSS readers, I have yet to work out how not to send images via RSS. If you are on the site, see how the images adjusted to fill the space, on both the summary page and post page, by either dragging the browser window.

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I need to blog more

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Sorry about the infrequent posting, I Usually write my posts on the bus, but with frequency of my cycling commutes increasing, I am losing blogging time. Not that the ride time is wasted, it is a got time to think clearly and organise my thoughts. Only trouble is by the time I get home after battling the sea breeze all I want is a hot shower, food and sleep and not sitting in front of a computer. So I am going to have to find other time in day to blog and play with this site.

Which is part of the problem, I need to play with the site, I wrote a couple of posts on the bus before the powerbook took a vacation and they both had problems with my stylesheet, nothing dramatic, but it just needs debugging along with an IE layout issue.

OSIG is back

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

OSIG is back, there are a number of activities planned. The most immediate is the forum at the moment it is rough around the edges. The aim of the forum is to foster discussion on subjects related to online service delivery by the public sector in Western Australia. Starting next year, there will be a monthly meeting with speakers discussing topics of interest, expect at least one on content management systems in January or February next year.

The state of Oregon government websites

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

The Oregon state government is attempting to change all of their websites into a single look and into a central content management system (CMS). While I can see some advantages with their approach, I can see some problems ahead for them and also I disagree with some of the methods used.

Useful Government email lists

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

Here are a few useful low volume mailing list for those involved in Government web services in WA and Australia in general.