Web accessibility soon mandatory in EU

C|NET writes that the 34 European Commission member countries just signed an agreement committing themselves to, “Internet for All”. Looks like EU will require accessibility of all public web sites by 2010, through compliance with the relevant W3C common web accessibility standards and guidelines.
There is going to be a lot of code cleaning in the future. It’s going to be intresting to see how well this will be adapted.

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Creating Bar Graphs with CSS

Polls or graphs are usually images generated from desktop software or web scripts perhaps sometimes flash+xml, and when it comes to web it is too much resource consuming to generate image on the fly.
Since we don’t have CANVAS or SVG yet on wide use there is a CSS trick.
The idea of using CSS to generate Bar Graphs could be very interesting in this case, and Apples to Oranges have a pretty interesting article describing in details how to create Bar Graphs with CSS.

New browsers goes 3D… kind of

Australian guy Benjamin Joffe has developed Canvascape – “3D Walker”, a simple 3D first person game engine, this proof of concept uses JavaScript and <CANVAS> -tag introduced in Firefox, Safari and Opera. Screenshot below for old-school browser users. If you have latest FF, Safari or Opera Try game here.
Canvas Game
Not really a WOW experience but taking to consideration that it has been written in JavaScript and Canvas I have to say it’s cool.

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IETab opens IE inside Firefox

IE tab is another great extension for Firefox that allows you to open Internet Explorer only pages inside Firefox to a new tab.
Install it
-Go to a site
-Right click and scroll to ?View this page in IETab?
This is a great tool for web developers, since you can easily see how your webpage displayed in IE with just one click and then switch back to Firefox. Read more about it in official website.

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Web Developer Toolbar for IE

The IE Developer Toolbar provides several features for deeply exploring and understanding Web pages.

  • Explore and modify the document object model (DOM) of a web page.
  • Locate and select specific elements on a web page through a variety of techniques.
  • Selectively disable Internet Explorer settings.
  • View HTML object class names, ID’s, and details such as link paths, tab index values, and access keys.
  • Outline tables, table cells, images, or selected tags.
  • Validate HTML, CSS, WAI, and RSS web feed links.
  • Display image dimensions, file sizes, path information, and alternate (ALT) text.
  • Immediately resize the browser window to 800×600 or a custom size.
  • Selectively clear the browser cache and saved cookies. Choose from all objects or those associated with a given domain.
  • Choose direct links to W3C specification references, the Internet Explorer team weblog (blog), and other resources.
  • Display a fully featured design ruler to help accurately align objects on your pages.

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AJAX links

Developers and designers have come really crazy about AJAX. I started to look for AJAX framework for some simple form validation and I found huge amount of code samples and frameworks which are under development or already on version 5.0.

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XAML isn?t for the web.

As a web developer I haven’t been able to figure out what will I do with XAML on my work. First when I heard about XAML I though XAML will be Microsoft replacement for SVG. After looking XAML I got really angry for Microsoft because I was unable to find any W3C standards except XML in it. This would it mean that I can’t reuse CSS, SVG etc. in XAML. Until today I have lived on misconception that MS is just out to push some new proprietary standard.

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Adobe aquires Macromedia!

I don’t think this is very good news for anyone who works on tools from Adobe or Macromedia. I guess if you are Freehand or Fireworks user you should start learning Illustrator and Photoshop.

It will be intresting to see wheater this goes through because this will lead Adobe in design software to clear monopoly.

Here is official news