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.”
Continue reading Why Can’t Microsoft Just Use HTTP Like Everybody Else?
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.
Continue reading Bandwidth? Yeah, whatever…
On a forum I frequent, somebody recently posted a tale about some sysadmins having a problem with a server. Said server kept on restarting due to a signal from the UPS indicating that its power drain was excessive.
Continue reading Avoidance != Solution
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.
Continue reading Why “left: -9999px;” is Better For Accessibility Than “display: none;”
Last Saturday I went to the WebDD conference at Microsoft Campus, Reading. Following my standard conference procedure, I checked in, obtained coffee, and fired up my MacBook.
Continue reading WebDD: Microsoft’s Reality Distortion Field is Fully Functional
It’s back! BarCamp London 2 will be hosted by BT on February 17th – 18th. Check out the BarCamp site (above) for signup details.
Continue reading BarCamp London 2.0
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.
Continue reading WebDD: February 3 2007
I thought this particular urban legend had died a death some years ago, but it surfaced again down the pub last night. So, as a Public Service Announcement, let me make it clear that:
Bob Holness did not play saxophone on Gerry Rafferty‘s song Baker Street.
Continue reading Not This One Again
I’m just about to set off for d.Construct 2006, and I still haven’t blogged about any of the stuff I got up to at BarCamp London yet. Things are just too busy at the moment, but hopefully some nice sea air will help me chill out and post something. Now for the motorway…