In other news:
- Phlogiston “seemed like a good idea at the time”;
- Doubt cast on Ussher chronology;
- Cold Fusion – yeah, right.
Next, the Shipping Forecast.
I’ve looked a bit more into the way ASP.NET handles HTTP errors, and frankly it now seems not just irritating, but downright bizarre.
A few moments ago I was following a link from Google to Raymond Chen’s excellent MSDN blog The Old New Thing. As has happened to me before, I ended up getting redirected to an ASP.NET error page at a totally different URL, telling me that the site was “unable to service my request.”
Well, that’s nice.
The Council’s electoral registration form came through the door today, so I visited the web site to indicate that everything’s the same.
Update: Thierry Koblentz points out in the comments that either technique may be appropriate, depending on circumstances. I mention this in the last paragraph, but just to be clear, there should have been a “usually” or “often” or some such word in front of the “better” of the title. That, or a different title.
Update 2, December 2008: It is now accepted that it is better to use
top: -9999px;, as using
left: would cause a scroll bar on a page with right-to-left text.
A recurring question on various mailing lists such as the Web Standards Group discussion list is “How can I hide content but still have it accessible?” This is usually asked in the context of image replacement techniques, where one might for example wish to display a heading in a fancy typeface, but still have the content accessible to users of assistive technologies such as screen reading software.
WebDD is a web design and development conference to be held at the Microsoft Campus in Reading, UK this coming 3 February (a Saturday).
There is, naturally, a certain emphasis on Microsoft technologies, but not exclusively. Thanks must go to Phil Winstanley and Dave Sussman for organising this. With sessions covering Accessibility, CSS, Microformats and much more it promises to be an interesting event. Best of all, it’s “free as in beer”! Registration is opening Real Soon Now ; my badge arrived in the post a few days ago.
If you’re working with (X)HTML and CSS you’ll be aware – or you need to be aware – that browsers render pages differently depending on whether they are in Strict or Quirks mode. (There are explanations of what these terms mean from Microsoft and Mozilla.) It can be useful to have a way of making certain which mode you’re in when tracking down inconsistencies in browser behaviour.