Re: [WSG] Accessibility checkers for Mac (OS X)

2004-03-09 Thread Jonathan Baldwin
If you're using Dreamweaver, then Lift is an option: 
http://www.usablenet.com/products_services/lift_dw/lift_dw.html

On 9 Mar 2004, at 02:10, Ian Lloyd wrote:

downloadable tool for Mac OS X to check accessibility in any way?
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[WSG] Print media style sheet problems

2004-03-08 Thread Jonathan Baldwin
Hi all

I'm having problems with a print style sheet and wondered if anyone 
had any suggestions. Also, I would appreciate it if people on Windows 
machines would check out if the printing style sheet works okay.

Apologies in advance - I'm not sure if my explanation of the problems 
makes much sense.

I am redesigning a web site which you can see at 
http://www.brighton.ac.uk/adc-ltsn/new/html/home/home.html (launching 
early next month so excuse glitches and content)

At home I am experimenting with a print style sheet so that, when a 
visitor prints, various bits and pieces don't appear on the printed 
version and a new title bar shows up.

Here's the test page: 
http://homepage.mac.com/artistry/adc/html/home/home.html which has the 
print media style sheet attached.

I am using Safari on Mac OS X 10.3.2. When I go to print, the 
stylesheet works perfectly, but... in the actual web page the Flash 
menu bar disappears!

I am suspecting that this is because in the Print style sheet the div 
in which the Flash menu sits is hidden, but why is the browser 
applying this to the screen style sheet? In the brighton.ac.uk site 
this problem does not occur so it *must* be something to do with the 
print style sheet.

Now onto the next problem. In Internet Explorer 5.2 and Netscape 7.1 on 
the Mac, the menu doesn't disappear in the browser and, correctly, 
doesn't print - but sections of the page which are marked as hidden 
are printed - check out the menus on the last page. They shouldn't be 
there! The print style sheet *is* being applied because the page header 
appears. In addition, in these two browsers, the text is printing as 
Times, which it shouldn't be.
Why are some items visible when they shouldn't be? And why is font 
styling not working?





Incidentally, if you want to see what the site looked like before I 
started redesigning, go to http://www.brighton.ac.uk/adc-ltsn
Ignore the messy style sheets - there is a lot of rationalisation to be 
done! (I'm assuming having lots of redundant styles that need to be 
stripped out isn't causing the problems?) I've been doing this pretty 
much part time and teaching myself CSS along the way.

Hope someone can decipher my problem and offer suggestions!

Jonathan

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Re: [WSG] Style Switcher and IE

2004-03-08 Thread Jonathan Baldwin
Jaime

I use the same method at www.brighton.ac.uk/adc-ltsn/new - enter the 
site and use the style sheet switcher there. Does it work for you?

Are you using an external javascript file? Check the javascript is in 
the right place and that you have uploaded the javascript to the server 
(sounds obvious but I forgot once!).
I also had problems and traced them to my use of templates - if you are 
using templates then view the source of one of your pages and make sure 
the html is finding the javascript okay (I had too many ../../ I 
think).

Check your cookies in the prefs and make sure you are receiving them 
okay. With cookies, is IE only accepting cookies of pages you navigate 
to? Enter the URL of your page directly into the browser rather than 
following a link if that's what you are doing (unlikely I know).

On 8 Mar 2004, at 15:07, Jaime Wong wrote:

I am using the style switcher at http://www.alistapart
com/articles/alternate/ on my site and all of a sudden IE seems to 
have a
problem with it (used to work and no changes has been done with it). 
It will
not remember the selected style and upon every reload, it will switch 
back
to the default style.
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Re: [WSG] Style Switcher and IE

2004-03-08 Thread Jonathan Baldwin
Works in Safari 1.2 on a Mac FWIW (though the difference in styles is 
quite subtle? - I usually make text bright pink while I'm testing just 
so I know it's working ;-)

Ignore my earlier message re javascript file as it's obviously in the 
right place.

On 8 Mar 2004, at 18:08, Jaime Wong wrote:

Hi Patrick
 
I have emptied my cache and make sure that IE security lvl is at 
medium.
 
Can someone with IE kindly go to www.sodesires.com to have a look at 
the site and try to change the style and see if it remembers the style 
when you refresh the page or visit other links from the menu? So sorry 
for the trouble.
 
If it works for you then something is wrong with my IE. But what I 
can't understand is why cookies for IE works when I preview in 
Dreamweaver and not when it is live?  
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Re: [WSG] Style Switcher and IE

2004-03-08 Thread Jonathan Baldwin
The same method wouldn't work when I was testing my site locally, but 
would work when I uploaded to a server (reverse of you) - so it might 
be something to do with security in either your IE or your PC. Try 
setting them to lowest level for a few minutes and see what happens.

On 8 Mar 2004, at 18:02, Jaime Wong wrote:

The problem is that IE used to work and it stopped working suddenly 
and I do not know why.
 
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Re: [WSG] Style Switcher and IE

2004-03-08 Thread Jonathan Baldwin
Layout breaks in IE 5.2 for Mac OS x and doesn't view at all in 
Netscape 7 on the same platform.

HTH

JB

On 8 Mar 2004, at 18:08, Jaime Wong wrote:

Can someone with IE kindly go to www.sodesires.com to have a look at 
the site and try to change the style and see if it remembers the style 
when you refresh the page or visit other links from the menu? So sorry 
for the trouble.
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Re: [WSG] directory structures

2003-12-12 Thread Jonathan Baldwin
This is quite an interesting off-topic thread!

On 12 Dec 2003, at 07:17, Gary Menzel wrote:

Agree that you need to own the directory structure.  The directory
structure for a site should make sense to the owner of the 
information. It
may make no sense at all to a user of the information.

Mmm... You see, I agree that in terms of ownership the site owner 
rules the coop. But I think, if we were to get into a situation where, 
as others were saying, users try to navigate a site by guessing the 
directory structure, but were thwarted by our esoteric organisation, 
then fundamental questions need to be asked. I can't see many cases 
where the two issues of ownership are in conflict, and if organising a 
site in a way that makes sense to users doesn't cause too many 
problems, then why not do it?

But a well structured site, with good navigation, shouldn't matter. 
Remember when we all used frames (admit it - we did) so a user would 
only ever see the base URL in the browser bar?

I think the point I was trying to answer was that a lot of users (and I 
would say they are a minority in fact) use URLs to navigate a site and, 
as such, a logical directory structure is essential. But also, if you 
have a lot of contributors (even if they only contribute by saying 
ok) it helps to be logical. I recently sat through a painful hour of 
getting a site map approved in which a key player had a fundamental 
problem understanding that a page on the second level of the site was 
actually visible at all times from the front page. I'm also currently 
tearing my hair out with a site manager who just doesn't get the 
blindingly obvious site structure I set up - he would if he'd come up 
with it himself and I wish I'd let him, or at least (ahem) guided 
him.
I don't think we do ourselves any favours by making things needlessly 
obscure.

Jonathan

(just got back from Christmas lunch so apologies if this post makes no 
sense whatsover!)

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Re: [WSG] [OT everso slightly] Gramophone web site

2003-12-12 Thread Jonathan Baldwin
Thanks for all those thoughts - I'd guessed it pretty much but it's 
nice to have confirmation. I'll let you know what the site owners say!

(www.newstatesman.co.uk had a similar problem and were oblivious to the 
fact the site didn't work on anything other than their setup. I ended 
up emailing them the simple solution, though I'm not sure they've 
implemented it yet)

JB

On 11 Dec 2003, at 22:56, James Ellis wrote:

Looks like they are using Javascript to launch links. Doesn't work in 
Firebird. Venkman gives it a big thumbs down.

Error: document.newsnav has no properties
Source File: http://www.gramophone.co.uk/inc/navnn.js.asp
Line: 68
The JS file has an ASP extension.

Gotta love those spacer gifs.

Cheers
James
Jonathan Baldwin wrote:

I just visited the web site of Gramophone magazine, looking for a CD 
review. I'm using Safari - the buttons on the site don't work, 
they're all just # links.
I've looked in the source code and am wondering why they don't work 
before I email them and let them know. Any guesses it might be a case 
of this site does not support Macs? Whatever the problem my bleary 
eyes just aren't seeing it.

I'm interested to know the reason it's broken (if it is) so I can 
use it as an example of what to avoid with students at some point.

http://www.gramophone.co.uk

Jonathan

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[WSG] [OT everso slightly] Gramophone web site

2003-12-11 Thread Jonathan Baldwin
I just visited the web site of Gramophone magazine, looking for a CD 
review. I'm using Safari - the buttons on the site don't work, they're 
all just # links.
I've looked in the source code and am wondering why they don't work 
before I email them and let them know. Any guesses it might be a case 
of this site does not support Macs? Whatever the problem my bleary 
eyes just aren't seeing it.

I'm interested to know the reason it's broken (if it is) so I can use 
it as an example of what to avoid with students at some point.

http://www.gramophone.co.uk

Jonathan

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[WSG] OT: Macromedia extensions offer

2003-12-06 Thread Jonathan Baldwin
Any Macromedia MX 2004 users seen the offer they are running at the  
moment? They're giving away some free (and quite useful) extensions for  
Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks - but only to users who buy online now  
before the end of the year.  
http://www.macromedia.com/newsletters/edge/december2003/index.html? 
sectionIndex=1trackingid=DMJA_AADQ

Am I the only one who is a bit annoyed at this? I bought that software  
the day it came out and have been advocating it to new users ever since  
(despite its flaws). It seems a bit much to penalise early adopters by  
denying them extensions available to people buying now. It's only when  
you read the small print you see the offer is that limited.

Anyway, sorry for the OT post but I just wanted to gauge opinion before  
possibly complaining to MM...

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Re: [WSG] safari and title attr (plus cursors)

2003-11-30 Thread Jonathan Baldwin
But the title attribute isn't intended for people with peripheral 
vision. Safari's behaviour is correct but I think convention now 
renders it incorrect. Personally, I don't like messages popping up 
everywhere when I move my mouse around - if it's so important it should 
be obvious anyway IMHO, and 99% of the messages I get are pointless. I 
use the title attribute to improve accessibility. But I think the 
argument's lost on this one ;-)

On 30 Nov 2003, at 04:50, James Ellis wrote:

But the way Safari does it means it's outside my peripheral vision 
unless the link is right next to the status bar. If it's contextual 
then it should be beside the link.
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Re: [WSG] A comic book version of tables to webstandards...

2003-10-28 Thread Jonathan Baldwin
Rather nice - caused me to reconsider my plans to do something similar 
(in aims, not style).

Jonathan

On Tuesday, October 28, 2003, at 12:09 AM, russ weakley wrote:

http://www.hotdesign.com/seybold/

Thanks
Russ
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