Saturday, April 29, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
IE7 Beta 2 is out!
Over the next few weeks, the IE team will roll out German, Finnish, Japanese and Arabic versions too.
Tags: Internet Explorer Microsoft
Michael Wallent on how Avalon came to be
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Proposal for cross-site extensions to XmlHttpRequest
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Things Every Designer Should Know...
How can you design for the web if you can’t code? How can you direct photography if you’ve never worked in a darkroom? How can you design text if you’re not a careful reader?
Allen follows up with some pearls of wisdom in the form of An Entirely Incomplete List of Things a Non–Illiterate Designer Should Know Before Being a Designer:
- That text will inevitably be read before it is looked at
- That words themselves make remarkably effective clip art
- That the self-conscious layering of messages usually subtracts more value than it adds
- That the practical value of white space towers over its value as a design element
- That the deep symbolism of a design decision, referring perhaps to a treasured memory of the designer, is irrelevant to the person attempting to glean something from the work
- That print designers who gauge their work on the screen, and web designers who gauge their work exclusively on their own machines, are arrogant in their disregard
- That the physiobiology of reading is one that demands easy points of exit and entry
- That simply paying attention to the design of type, or distinguishing it as "fine" or "invisible" or "classical" is like making a big deal about putting salt on a boiled egg
- That letters are not pictures of things, but things
- That words are not things, but pictures of things
- That arbitrarily altering (or allowing software to alter) the shapes of letters, and the spacing between letters and words, is done at one's own
- That emphasis comes at a cost
- That overstating the obvious can be effective, but not all the time
- The precise point at which a quantity of information no longer requires assistance to be differentiated from another
- The knowledge to back up design decisions clearly without falling into a fog of hidden meaning, or so-called "creativity"
Tags: Typography User Interface Design
Thursday, April 13, 2006
XmlHttpRequest working draft, sans Microsoft
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Interested in .NET internals?
You can now see how the compilers are built, how GC works and how the .NET Framework is laid out. All in all, I think this is a good trend.
There are some who believe that source code is the best documentation. Others would like to have access to source code as one of several tools in their development toolbox. And others still, just don't care about the guts of the platform -- public APIs are good enough for them.
I'm curious about how you have used or intend to use this CLI source. Please drop a comment.