How I Do Form Layouts

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I originally posted this as a comment on Forrst, but since comments are only viewable by Forrst members, I am re-posting it here. Really, it’s no big deal, and is pretty old-school. I just figured it might help with people beating their heads against a desk, attempting form layouts using float. Hint: don’t bother.

Scoping Things Out

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This post will not be terribly long, nor will it be incredibly profound. I just wanted to let people know that I have updated my free calendar templates, both in the weekly and monthly categories. After reading the recent book on Web Accessibility, I rediscovered a little used tabular attribute called scope. It can have one of two values, depending on its usage and relevance.

It can be used to show that a particular value pertains to either an entire column, or an entire row.

XHTML 1.0 Rollback

— Topic: HTML

Rolling back, Wal-Mart style

Lately I’ve been thinking about the implications of declaring document types, and various methods of encoding when serving hypertext. After wrestling with this question, getting advice from web-gurus like Roger and Bryan, and doing a little of my own research, I decided to do the moon walk. I have rolled this site back to XHTML 1.0 Strict, instead of XHTML 1.1.

Fixing Dreamweaver Encoding

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UTF-8 vs. ISO 8859-1

Update: For a great example of foreign characters being utilized with UTF-8, go here: If you view source, you will notice that these characters are simply there in their raw form, and are not inline images.

If you are a standards compliant, accessibility minded web developer, then one of your main priorities is making sure that your pages work with the widest variety of browsers and operating systems.

XHTML in Layman's Terms

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Needing Closure

Everything that goes up must come _ _ _ _.

You know how that sentence is supposed to end. It does not conclude properly though. Instead, there are just four blanks. It is supposed to end with a four letter word (not that one), yet it just drops off. Even though it’s an age-old saying, we are left in a state of suspense, and have to draw our own conclusions. It takes intuition on the part of the reader in order to properly finish the sentence.

Some Cool Links

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Getting the Point Across

Ever have trouble getting the point across to friends, clients or coworkers about why web standards are important? Well, here’s an article that might help you. Unlike so many other articles floating around out there, this one fairly weighs the pros and cons of making the switch to standards compliance. Read the full article at his site:

Are Tables Fashionable Again?

— Topic: HTML

I read an interesting article lately about a technique entitled TILT. The methods employed are nothing new, just a simple use of JavaScript and Tables. In fact, one might call the usage of tables for layout old-fashioned, antiquated and outdated. There have been numerous articles and books written about CSS layout in recent years, so much so that any self-respecting web-designer wouldn’t even think of going back to tables.


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