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I’ve just discovered that this

in Mobile , Tuesday, April 19, 2005

I've just discovered that this site looks awful in IE6 on Windows, especially the blog pages. l'm not really sure why, but the CSS is no longer consistent. I modified the stylesheet to centre content yesterday but I didn't check the results on Windows. Deep sigh. The whole thing really needs rewriting from scratch. Written and uploaded on a tram in Zuerich. At least this works. [Posted with hblogger 2.0 ]http://www.normsoft.com/hblogger/]

this is a test post

in Mobile , Monday, April 18, 2005

this is a test post from hblogger. hblogger is a useful tool for posting from a Palm device. It is a bit tricky to set up, and I can't get it to work over GPRS, but it is promising. Image upload is awkward too, but it can be made to work, as you can see here: [Posted with hblogger 2.0 ]http://www.normsoft.com/hblogger/]

Adobe to acquire Macromedia

About Adobe - Adobe to acquire Macromedia: ""

Wow. That's going to change things a bit... I guess we can say "goodbye" to Freehand (it already escape once from Adobe). And "Adobe Director" ! Totally mind-boggling. I'm just checking.... no, it's not April 1st. Amazing.

The site needs redesigning

I'm not very happy with the current design of this website. I should be able to do better as a (sort of) usability professional. So I've decided to start off by trying to practice what I preach. In our work environment, a lot of what we do is heavily influenced by the work of Jesse James Garrett, a member of the Adaptive Path consultancy. In the past I've been personally attracted by one of his colleagues at Adaptive Path, Jeffrey Veen. To some extent I find the two don't always entirely agree. For example, unless I've misunderstood, Jeff favours flexible design, where content reflows to match the browser window - I've been trying to do this, up until today. Jesse, on the other hand, seems to be more in favour of fixed widths (which I'm trying now). In any case I suppose this is subjective. I have far more issues to deal with than layout, for example deciding what this site is for. Therefore, although it is intended more for commercial sites, I'm going to attempt to apply jjg's celebrated "Elements of User Interface Design" methodology to this site, and see what happens. However, I'm still informed by and interested in graphic design, and at the same time I'm a big fan of CSS. I recently bought (and read - doesn't always follow !) the book of the CSS Zen Garden website, "the Zen of CSS design". I have to admit to being a bit unsure about this book - and indeed the site. The idea is that given a fixed HTML file, contributors can supply their own CSS (and only CSS) to profoundly alter the look and feel. The scope is really on graphic design - not web design, and I think the idea is to demonstrate that graphic designers can recapture lost ground in web design. The problem is that so many submissions are exactly the same, if you abstract the background graphics and te typeface. And so many look as if the designer STILL haven't got the basic idea that the web is not print in their heads. The second problem is that the designs are for one single page. The web is not about single pages, but here the designers are not at all concerned with basics such as navigation and context. For these reasons, I don't find that the Zen of CSS design really contributes anything outside of the bounds of it's very beautiful, but walled up zen garden.

Start here

And another new blog is launched on the Ocean Of Etherbits (No. 46,786,342,113 I believe). Why ? Does there have to be a reason ? I suppose because I sometimes have thoughts that are interesting to share, and the opportunity for sharing thoughts seems to be shrinking to nothing. Plus, if I write something down I'm more likely to remember it. The hardest thing about starting a new blog is finding the name. This one just picked up the name "The Evenings Out Here" as it bounced around my cortex. "The Evenings Out Here" was the title of a sort of proposed collection of live recordings by my long forgotten band, back when I wasted time on this. If only I'd studied / worked harder, I a life nice could linear have had. The title is lifted from a song written by Simon Kingsley (even longer forgotten) but I can't remember which one just now.
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