[WSG] Mobile sites

2012-05-15 Thread grant_malcolm_bailey
Hello,

I was wondering whether having a dedicated mobile site represents an 
improvement with regard to accessibility and standards, or whether it is 
acceptable to have a single site that is adaptable to different screen widths 
(e.g. by means of CSS media queries). Of course, setting up a separate mobile 
site requires additional work and therefore expense.

I would be grateful for comments.

Thank you and regards,

Grant Bailey

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[WSG] Fwd: Video in web page

2011-09-06 Thread grant_malcolm_bailey
 
Hello, 

I would be grateful if someone could clarify the best means of embedding video 
into a web page so as to be viewable by the widest range of users (desktop, 
mobile, different OSs, etc). 

Embedding Flash video is easy enough, however, iPhone / iPad users cannot view 
this format and I need to address these users. (I would also like users of 
other mobile devices to be able to view the video, but the iOS issue has been 
insurmountable thus far). 

Alternative formats suffer plugin difficulties. As we know, support for the 
video element is still patchy. 

Has anyone managed to find a way through this obstacle course? If so, I would 
be grateful for your suggestions! 

Many thanks and regards, 

Grant Bailey 
University of Western Sydney

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[WSG] Google 'Alexander Calder' theme

2011-07-22 Thread grant_malcolm_bailey
Hello,

Today's Google home page theme seems to be a very good example of progressive 
enhancement. The mobile graphic is non-interactive in IE7 but looks fine. In 
Chrome, however, the graphic swings about in response to mouse movements (as 
does its shadow, not present for IE7).

Could anyone advise: (i) what technologies were used for this (canvas, etc.), 
and (ii) whether it is possible to save a working copy of the page locally in 
order to study its function (I've never had luck doing this with Google themes).

Thank you and regards,

Grant Bailey


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RE: [WSG] Google 'Alexander Calder' theme

2011-07-22 Thread grant_malcolm_bailey
Chris,
Thanks for your response. Yes, some physics is involved behind the scenes I 
think ...
Grant
- Original Message -
From: Chris Taylor chris.tay...@cubik.co.uk
To: wsg@webstandardsgroup.org
Sent: Fri, 22 Jul 2011 15:17:47 +0800 (WST)
Subject: RE: [WSG] Google 'Alexander Calder' theme

Looking at it in Chrome it's two canvas elements (one for the animation, one 
for the shadow) with a noscript fallback:

canvas id=calder width=400 height=300 style=margin-left: -48px; 
z-index: 0; cursor: move; /canvas

canvas id=calder_shadows width=400 height=300 
style=margin-left:-48px;position:relative;top:-140px;z-index:-5/canvas

noscriptlt;a href=/search?q=Alexander+Calderamp;ct=calder11amp;oi=ddle 
title=Alexander Calderamp;#39;s 113th Birthday. Courtesy of Calder Foundation 
/ ARS, NY.gt;lt;img id=hplogo src=/logos/2011/calder11.png 
alt=Alexander Calderamp;#39;s 113th Birthday. Courtesy of Calder Foundation / 
ARS, NY.gt;lt;/agt;/noscript

Trying to decipher the JavaScript that runs this is pretty hard, though...

Chris


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Behalf Of grant_malcolm_bai...@westnet.com.au
Sent: 22 July 2011 07:16
To: wsg@webstandardsgroup.org
Subject: [WSG] Google 'Alexander Calder' theme

Hello,

Today's Google home page theme seems to be a very good example of progressive 
enhancement. The mobile graphic is non-interactive in IE7 but looks fine. In 
Chrome, however, the graphic swings about in response to mouse movements (as 
does its shadow, not present for IE7).

Could anyone advise: (i) what technologies were used for this (canvas, etc.), 
and (ii) whether it is possible to save a working copy of the page locally in 
order to study its function (I've never had luck doing this with Google themes).

Thank you and regards,

Grant Bailey


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[WSG] HTML5 v. HTML 4.x

2011-01-24 Thread grant_malcolm_bailey

Hello,

Could someone please clarify this for me. I realise that HTML5 has introduced 
new semantic elements such as header, aside etc., but does this really 
increase the expressive power of the markup? Can't the same thing be achieved 
in HTML 4.x using classes (e.g. p class=header)?

I am reluctant to move to HTML5 due to the issue of backwards compatibility.

I would be grateful for any replies.

Regards,

Grant Bailey

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[WSG] Long documents

2010-10-16 Thread grant_malcolm_bailey
Hello,

Is there any standard (official or otherwise) that limits the length of single 
web pages?

I edit an online journal which contains articles of up to 7000 words. Currently 
each article resides on a single web page which the viewer must scroll to read. 
Some of the articles are 10-20 'screens' in length.

If anyone could clarify whether there is a standard and, if so, how such 
documents should be presented, I would be grateful. If you want to look at the 
journal I'm talking about see www.baileyandireland.com.

Thank you,

Grant Bailey 

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[WSG] CSS Expandable Menu

2010-06-28 Thread grant_malcolm_bailey

Hello,

I would be grateful if someone could clarify whether there is such a thing as a 
pure CSS expandable menu. The sort of thing I'm looking for is the expandable / 
collapsible hierachy commonly shown in the left-hand frame of Windows programs 
such as Explorer or Outlook.

I'm trying to avoid use of Javascript due to accessibility concerns.

Thank you and regards,

Grant Bailey

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