Web Design & Front-end development

Expression Engine in full flight

This website is now running fully under pMachines Expression Engine. There are plenty of things to clean up, the search results for example.

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sIFR forth time round

I can’t beleive I missed the upgrade. Better download it quick and get my sites that are the running the script up to scratch. Version 4 seem to have most of the quirks ironed out.

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XMLHttpRequest Calendar

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New weblog engine

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Dave and Molly’s book on horticulture

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Hacks are Headaches

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Egor’s dungeon

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The Zen of CSS Design : Visual Enlightenment for the Web

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IE mac support?

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sIFR sucks

Now before you start descending on my like a pack of wolves I’d like to make my case. Which at the moment sounds worse than it is. The sIFR technique is a very good solution for a particular problem. The problem being the severe lack of typefaces. However, that isn’t the problem, the actual problem is much worse.

Some, myself included, keep forgetting that the web is still very young in cultural, sociological and artistic terms. The W3C it’s just had it’s tenth birthday and yet it has delivered so much already. But some things do take time to evolve, at a more generational pace. Typography is one of those things because it is cultural, sociological and artistic. Anybody remember the rise of Desktop Publishing (DTP) at the end of the eighties? Many said at the time that DTP set the evolution of Typography back a hundred years, give or take. And they have been proved to be right. Even though a new impulse for graphic design jumped into the driving seat. Those that did master the use of typefaces pushed the boundaries of typography in a way that had never been envisioned before. And at a pace that had never been achieved before. But bringing a discipline to the masses also brought the level of acceptable typography down, way down. Everybody thought they could do it. Many think they still can. In the past an apprentice asked their master if it was good, now they ask the client.

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