[WSG] image substitution

2011-07-30 Thread Lucien Stals
The designers have specified a font I must use to write a sites name in the top 
banner. It is not a standard font, and I don't think it's licensed for 
redistribution anyway.

I think my only option is to generate an image for the banner using the right 
font (or is there a better option?). 
What is the current best practice for having an accessible text banner, while 
showing the image based banner?

Are we still using the trick of shifting the text off the side of the screen 
with negative positioning? Or is there a better, more accessible way?

Thanks.

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Re: [WSG] Yes/No structure?

2010-06-07 Thread Lucien Stals
And I seem to recall that the old radios on which the metaphor is based could 
be pushed half in. That would cause all buttons to pop out thus having *no* 
selection. Not saying that as a justification for having no selection in a 
radio group. Just pointing out that the metaphor wears a bit thin ;)

Lucien.


On 08/06/2010, at 11:38 AM, Ben Buchanan wrote:

 
 
 On 7 June 2010 14:58, Steve Gibbings st...@stevegibbings.co.uk wrote:
 I have a problem with that.   Radio button sets should always have an option 
 selected, there is no undefined selection.  This makes sense when you 
 remember where the radio button metaphor came from. However seems that 
 doesn't get universally implemented.
 
 Technically correct, true. Would you recommend a checkbox instead, or some 
 other option?
 
 In practice I think the usage of radio buttons has shifted to accommodate 
 sets with no initial selection. In usability terms it's probably better than 
 a dropdown for a yes/no; and some people do have some issues with the implied 
 off state of checkboxes. Compare it with a paper form where you have two 
 boxes and you tick or cross an option - there's no preselection. I guess it 
 depends which paradigm is more likely to fit the scenario.
 
 cheers,
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Re: [WSG] IE7 overflow

2010-02-10 Thread Lucien Stals
Sorry, can't do that. The project isn't live yet, and I'd get in trouble :(
I know that makes it harder to get help with.


On 11/02/2010, at 3:05 PM, David Laakso wrote:

 Lucien Stals wrote:
 Hi everyone.
 
 I have a paragraph with a width set on it (500px). The text inside the p 
 includes one very long URL. IE7 and Safari (both mac a win) are wrapping the 
 URL in the wrong place and part of it extends out beyond the edge of the p. 
 Curiously IE6 displays correctly, as do FF3.6 and Opera.
 
 Any suggestions?
 
 
 
 Put it on a public server and provide a clickable link to it in your post.
 
 
 Best,
 ~d
 
 
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Re: [WSG] IE7 overflow

2010-02-10 Thread Lucien Stals
Bingo!

 word-wrap: break-word

did the trick.

Thanks for that.

L.


On 11/02/2010, at 2:49 PM, Micky Hulse wrote:

 Hi,
 
 Any suggestions?
 
 Maybe:
 
 word-wrap: break-word or overflow: hidden
 
 See:
 
 http://www.positioniseverything.net/explorer/expandingboxbug.html
 
 Hths?
 
 Micky
 
 
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Re: [WSG] Using CSS to select a tag having an ID attribute: page served as application/xhtml+xml

2009-12-17 Thread Lucien Stals
I don't kow the answer to this question but I just wanted to clarify that XML 
*does not* require lowercase only.
XML *is* case sensitive so that in XML p/P would not be valid, but p/p 
and P/P are.

On 18/12/2009, at 7:07 AM, Stuart Foulstone wrote:

 
 It might be that xml requires lowercase only and that the problem is the
 H in the id div_Heading.
 
 
 On Thu, December 17, 2009 8:41 am, Grant Bailey wrote:
 Hello,
 
 I've recently started serving my web pages as xml pages using the MIME
 type application/xhtml+xml rather than text/css as previously. This
 works fine as my pages were already xhtml compliant, with one exception:
 my external CSS stylesheets are no longer honoured by any browser to the
 extent that they select ID attributes.
 
 For example:
 
 [XHTML]
 div id=div_Heading
  h1Survival: the basics/h1
 /div
 
 [CSS]
 #div_Heading {
 border: thin black solid;
 }
 
 If I serve my page as text/css the border appears as expected but when
 the page is served as application/xhtml+xml, no border is visible. There
 is only one ID named div_Heading in the document and the document itself
 validates.
 
 Could someone please advise me what might be going wrong as I have been
 unable to find anything of assistance on the web or in the WSG forums.
 
 Many thanks and regards,
 
 Grant Bailey
 
 
 
 
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Re: [WSG] vCard File

2007-08-01 Thread Lucien Stals
Oh, you so just put a huge smile on my face :D

Thanks for the technorati link. I was unaware of this, and it makes all
the work I did on microformats on my  staff listing page worth it.
(http://www.swinburne.edu.au/ads/about/staff.htm)

Thanks.

Lucien.
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Academic Development and Support
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PO Box 218 Hawthorn, 3122, Australia
email: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
telephone: +61 3 9214 4474
office: AD223


 On 2/08/2007 at 1:30 pm, Brad Pollard [EMAIL PROTECTED]
wrote:
 vCard's (.vcf files) will also open in a Mac OS X Address book.
 Not everyone will have a VCF compatible address book and hence an
attempt 
 should be made to educate/explain their use.
 
 You should mark up the displayed address information as an hCard: 
 http://microformats.org/wiki/hcard 
 ... and then use the technorati vcard generator 
 http://technorati.com/contact to scrape the page and produce your
vcard for 
 you
 
 Can someone please suggest a cool icon for vCard downloads? It must
be 2.0 
 of course :-)
 
 
   - Original Message - 
   From: Joyce Evans 
   To: wsg@webstandardsgroup.org 
   Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2007 12:51 PM
   Subject: [WSG] vCard File
 
 
   I think there may have been a discussion regarding the vCard File 
 recently, and if there was, I didn't study those emails because I
didn't have 
 to deal with it at the time.  Today, however, I got a new project of

 re-creating a website with the current design.  On this client's
contact 
 page, there is a link to the .vcf file, which when I click on it, the

 client's contact information appears in the Contacts section of my
Outlook 
 program.  I've never seen a link to a vCard File on a website until
today.  
 Is it okay to have this link?  What happens if the visitor to the
website 
 does not use Outlook?  Thank you.
 
 
 
   Joyce
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
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Re: [WSG] Shadow validation

2007-07-09 Thread Lucien Stals
Regardless of whether it's valid or not, hardly any mainstream browsers
currently support text shadows. (Does Firefox? I can only think of
Safari 3, only available as the WebKit until Leopard gets released).

So even once you have it validating, practically nobody will be able to
appreciated your fine work :(

Lucien.
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 On 10/07/2007 at 1:20 pm, Dean Matthews [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 On Jul 9, 2007, at 10:23 PM, Philippe Wittenbergh wrote:
 
 Not really, just chose the appropriate options (advanced...) when  
 you try to validate a file.
 
 Yes I see, but how do you link a Valid CSS icon to an advanced
search?
 
 Thanks,
 
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Re: [WSG] Who's A Front End Developer?

2007-07-04 Thread Lucien Stals
It's an interesting question. 

I don't like titles, but when I got my business cards printed up for my
current job, I had them call me a web developer because I have the
skills you listed. (And since AJAX requires knowledge of Javascript and
XML, or some other transport format, then I'd say it falls into the
developer category.)

I specifically don't call myself a web designer because my design
skills are far short of what I would expect from a designer. (And I'm
talking about designer strictly in the context of visual/graphic
design.) I know my way around Fireworks, and I've even got a degree in
fine arts (sculpture) under my belt. But I've worked with designers, and
I know I'm not one. 

Obviously many people in the web field wear different hats, and most of
us don't comfortably fit into a clean and clear definition of designer
or developer. I've done enough jobs where I did all the design work as
well. They would have been better, and more expensive, if there had been
a proper designer involved.

But I know, and like, the code cutting side of the web. So I call
myself a developer.

Lucien.


Lucien Stals
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 On Wed, Jul 4, 2007 at  4:55 PM, John Horner
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 I'm interested in the front end part of the Dutch group's name.
  
 We were having a discussion at work the other day about which skills
you
 should have to have in order to call yourself a web developer.
  
 I just finished a project which required knowledge of the following:
  
 * HTML
 * CSS
 * Javascript
 * XML
 * Perl or PHP
 * SQL
  
 but what's the minimum set of skills we think someone should have to
 call themselves a web developer?
  
 You could make a case, I'm sure, for just HTML and CSS. You develop
 (non- interactive) web pages with HTML and CSS. Javascript is really
a
 programming language. Should AJAX be listed seperately?
  
 However, if that's enough to call yourself a web developer, what do
we
 call someone with all the skills above?
  
 


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Re: [WSG] Who's A Front End Developer?

2007-07-04 Thread Lucien Stals
I think I missed something in the original question. The front end
part. Somebody else categorised some of the technologies as back end
and that got me wondering.

When I said I was a web developer, I meant back end development. So
what is front end development? DHTML? Anything not related to visual
design but *not* talking to a back end system? (as opposed to front end
design)

Developing for the web is such a mixed bag, I just can't see an easy
way to categorise things into dev/design or front end / back end.

I like Bruce's suggestion for a break down, but he too acknowledges the
grey area around development. And I'd say that once you touch the db,
you are definitely back end, not front end.

In the end I guess I question the validity of defining developers in
terms of front end and back end. Can we just stick to designers and
developers?

Lucien.


Lucien Stals
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 On Wed, Jul 4, 2007 at 10:57 PM, Bruce [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 This is an interesting discussion. I find I cannot/don't want to call
myself 
 a web designer, and have been using the term developer because of the
fact I 
 am more into and better at php, mysql, xml and the cms aspect than
design.
 
 Designer-  appearance, structure including web standards layout.
 Developer-  the mechanics of the site, publishing it (cms),
programming up to 
 a poficiency level (grey area), and development of xml, php,
databases etc..
 Programmer -  works with a major programming language at a very high

 proficiency level and can program from scratch.
 
 I consider web standards and the cms the foundation that all three
build 
 upon.
 
 Bruce P
 bkdesign
 
   -  Original Message -  
   From: John Horner 
   To: wsg@webstandardsgroup.org 
   Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 2:55 AM
   Subject: [WSG] Who's A Front End Developer?
 
 
   I'm interested in the front end part of the Dutch group's name.
 
   We were having a discussion at work the other day about which
skills you 
 should have to have in order to call yourself a web developer.
 
   I just finished a project which required knowledge of the
following:
 
   * HTML
   * CSS
   * Javascript
   * XML
   * Perl or PHP
   * SQL
 
   but what's the minimum set of skills we think someone should have
to call 
 themselves a web developer?
 
   You could make a case, I'm sure, for just HTML and CSS. You develop

 (non- interactive) web pages with HTML and CSS. Javascript is really
a 
 programming language. Should AJAX be listed seperately?
 
   However, if that's enough to call yourself a web developer, what do
we 
 call someone with all the skills above?
 
  
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Re: [WSG] Who's A Front End Developer?

2007-07-04 Thread Lucien Stals
That's interesting.

I wonder how many of us are in a similar position?

In my role, I work in a multimedia group of 5. (1 illustrator, 1
graphic designer, 1 multi media developer who does some front end web
stuff, our manager and myself).

I maintain many static web pages on our public site, and develop new
stuff which is mainly static html, but also develop some php/mysql stuff
and some javascript. The web sites server is maintained by the IT
department.

I've also recently become the maintainer of our intranet server
(win2003 server which I know next to nothing about). This involves
maintaining the server itself as well as  maintenance of applications on
the server and some development in php/mysql.

What do the rest of you do? How many of us *don't* have to be a
jack-of-all-trades?

Lucien.


Lucien Stals
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 On Thu, Jul 5, 2007 at 10:41 AM, Kevin Futter
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: 
 On 5/7/07 9:37 AM, Lucien Stals [EMAIL PROTECTED]
wrote:
 
 I think I missed something in the original question. The front
end
 part. Somebody else categorised some of the technologies as back
end
 and that got me wondering.
 
 When I said I was a web developer, I meant back end development. So
 what is front end development? DHTML? Anything not related to
visual
 design but *not* talking to a back end system? (as opposed to front
end
 design)
 
 Developing for the web is such a mixed bag, I just can't see an
easy
 way to categorise things into dev/design or front end / back end.
 
 I like Bruce's suggestion for a break down, but he too acknowledges
the
 grey area around development. And I'd say that once you touch the
db,
 you are definitely back end, not front end.
 
 In the end I guess I question the validity of defining developers
in
 terms of front end and back end. Can we just stick to designers and
 developers?
 
 Lucien.
 
 I work in a school as part of a team of 3 IT people, so I need to be
able to
 do it all -  from configuring the server to developing the databases
to
 designing the interfaces to building the back- end to crafting the
HTML/CSS
 to coding the JavaScript where necessary. So, roles like that do
indeed
 exist, especially in small businesses or where this kind of work is
not core
 business. Am I an expert practitioner of all these disciplines and
 technologies? Of course not, but I get the job done, and know how to
find
 out what I need to know. Your biggest asset in this game is your
 problem- solving ability, regardless of how you define your role. For
the
 record, I usually describe myself as a 'web developer', but my
school
 defines my role as 'IT Support'. (I'm also responsible for my share
of IT
 support and staff training too, so it doesn't even end there!)
 
 Kevin 


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Re: [WSG] Dutch guild of front-end developers in the making

2007-07-03 Thread Lucien Stals
I just started doing a Cert IV in Assessment and Training so that I'd be a 
qualified trainer (not necessarily for the web), and I was surprised to find 
out that the training packages for  qualifications are normally only reviewed 
every 5 years. In many industries that would be okay. But on the web?

I was also surprised to find some training packages for IT related certificates 
(here in Australia ) which included a unit on writing a web documents which 
claimed DHTML was a valid markup language.

The unit (ICAB4135A) Create a simple mark up language document to 
specification says...
Mark-up language  May include but are not limited to HTML, DHTML, XHTML, SGML, 
VRML, XML. 

That unit is part of a Cert IV in IT (Websites). 

Lucien.



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 On Tue, Jul 3, 2007 at  3:53 PM, Matthew Pennell [EMAIL PROTECTED]
wrote: 
 On 03/07/07, Sander Aarts [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

  Yesterday, PPK announced that he and others are busy setting up a Dutch
 guild of Front- end Developers:
 http://www.quirksmode.org/blog/archives/2007/07/gilde_van_front.html (only
 in Dutch for now).

 The general idea is to professionalize front- end development, emphesize
 the fact that it is in fact a branche of its own and to set up a
 certification system by which customers can easily distinguish between
 modern developers, using web standards, and old skool table hackers.

 
 Interesting. Whenever the subject has arisen before, it's usually been felt
 that because the pace of change is so rapid in web development,
 certification is practically useless -  you might have qualified for a
 certificate a year ago, but that's no guarantee that you're still using the
 most up- to- date techniques.

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Re: [WSG] Safari now on Windows

2007-06-12 Thread Lucien Stals
I haven't had any trouble with it either.

Lucien Stals
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 Sagnik Dey [EMAIL PROTECTED] 13/06/07 12:59 AM 
The Safari on Win XP is running smoothly on my machine

-Sagnik

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 Doesn't work for me either and it gets stuck using 50% of CPU.

 Back to Firefox...

 Frederick

 On 6/12/07, Tony Crockford  [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 
  James Leslie wrote:
   Just to add to the confusion... I have winXP SP2 with quicktime
  installed (previously, not as part of the safari install) and am
having no
  problems at all with it. Fonts all seem to render nicely, even the
bug
  button brings up a bug reporting page for me directly.
  
 
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Re: [WSG] Safari now on Windows

2007-06-11 Thread Lucien Stals

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 On 12/06/2007 at 12:21 pm, Michael MD [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 
 iPhone might be a different thing altogether ..
  just because a page renders nicely in Safari on a desktop machine
doesn't 
 necessarely mean it is going to be very usable on a tiny screen!
 (I haven't yet seen an iPhone but I assume the screen would be small
like a 
 mobile phone screen...?)

I think the price alone will keep uptake slow and low.

 
 Speaking of Mac browsers -
 a friend called me on the weekend and said he can't find anything
newer than 
 
 IE5 for OS9 but won't upgrade to OSX because it would be way too slow
on his 
 
 G3. (and he doesn't have the money to buy a new machine)
 now that is something to think about! 
 

MS no longer support IE for Mac. Even the MS web site recommend people
switch to safari (for Mac). I wonder what they will say now a Win
version is available.

You friend is caught in a marketing trap :(

 
 
 
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[WSG] Print style sheets

2007-06-07 Thread Lucien Stals

Hi all,

I'd written a print style sheet for a site I'd done  (
http://www.swin.edu.au/ads/ltshowcase/inspire/presentations.html  ),
but the feedback I got was that nobody knew it was there (unless they
printed the page).

So I hit google for some suggestions on how best to do this. This has
lead to more confusion.

One site I read suggested that print style sheets can confuse users
when what comes out of the printer differs significantly from what they
saw on the page. This is true in my case where I hide the navigation and
some background images. I also change the font and justification to
better suit print.

So do people here think it's a good idea to have a print style sheet
that differs from the screen style sheet? 

In the end, I used some javascript to allow users to switch between two
style sheets on the screen. One is designed for the screen, the other
designed for print. This way, if they print the page, they get what they
see.

What do people think about this approach. (If you are unclear from my
description about how this works, just visit the page and toggle the
print friendly view link near the top of the page).

My approach has caused me a further problem:

Because I used a link to trigger the script, clicks get added to the
browsers history, when technically the user hasn't left the page. Any
suggestions for how to get around this? Should I have used a select
list?

Regards,

Lucien.
 
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Re: [WSG] What does Semantic mean?

2007-06-06 Thread Lucien Stals
Groupwise is a Novel client (and server) for email and appointments
etc. Think MS Outlook, by Novel. It's the proprietary email client and
address book and calendar app we are obliged to use at work. It even
comes with it's own chat client that doesn't talk to any other chat
protocols.

Being a closed source app, I'm having trouble looking for how to get it
to read microformat data, but perhaps I'm looking at the problem the
wrong way around. I will, as you suggest, look at getting operator to
push the data into groupwise :)

It would be a shame if I can't get it to work after having gone to the
trouble of adding microformat event and vCard data to our departmental
calendar and staff contact pages, respectively.

Lucien.
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 On 7/06/2007 at 2:57 pm, Michael MD [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Maybe I used a poor example.

 Microformats would certainly be my first choice for this. I just
wish
 there was *more* software that could use it. And a plugin to add
 microformat data into a groupwise client. That would be nice :)

 
 I have no idea what groupwise is but could a user script could be
created 
 for the Operator Firefox plugin to add the data?
 The latest version of it allows you to add your own scripts
(javascript) to 
 do things with the data it finds.
 
 https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4106 
 
 There is also some talk about including future native support for 
 microformats in Firefox 3

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/mozilla_does_microformats_firefox3.php


http://blog.mozilla.com/faaborg/2007/02/04/microformats-part-4-the-user-interface-

 of-microformat-detection
 
 Microsoft's Live Clipboard also uses microformats
 http://rayozzie.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!FB3017FBB9B2E142!285.entry 
 
 
 
 
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Re: [WSG] reading the spec [WAS: Use of Fieldsets other than in form?]

2007-06-05 Thread Lucien Stals
I know I said I didn't want to post to this again, but some points have
been raised which I just can't help responding to.

I am an advocate of standards. But the standards shouldn't be the first
place we run whenever the way gets unclear. It's been said in this
thread already that there are an awful lot of grey areas in the specs,
and an awful lot of developers and designers out there trying to do just
about everything imaginable with HTML, much of which is done with
absolutely no regard for the specs, accessibility, or usability (and I
get crucified here for merely wandering into one of the grey areas?). It
should also be of no surprise that the original specs, when written,
couldn't possibly predict the varied uses that HTML is now being
shoehorned into.

This is exactly why there is so much effort currently going on to come
up with a new spec that will cope with the evolving nature and use of
HTML. The shortcomings of HTML are self evident. Why else are we here
trying to redesign it?

So my question is: Is this group, as part of the Web Standards Group,
about being visionaries and looking for ways to advance the use of HTML
(and drag the specs along behind if necessary)? Or are we a bunch of
conservative fundamentalists who believe the current specs are gospel
and the anyone who doesn't *believe* should be cudgeled to death with
them?

To put it another way: Are we advocates for HTML, or for the
specifications?

And no, I'm not calling myself a visionary. But I'm inviting everyone
here to be one, and not get stuck in the minutia of the specs, as if
that all that matters.

Lucien.

Lucien Stals
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 Blake [EMAIL PROTECTED] 05/06/07 6:52 PM 
On 6/5/07, Paul Novitski [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Perhaps our debates would be kinder if we ruminated longer on our
 shared plight: abandoned on a barren planet with only fifty kinds of
 parts with which to build everything we need.

Well said. In all a very insightful post. I agree, generally we're all
trying to do our best with what we have.

However, some of us are pedantic about using the most appropriate
element possible while others are happy to use something that makes
sense in their styling context. I think some of us (myself included)
lose touch a little when we see someone do something differently to
how we would, and start getting all high and mighty.

In a way, it's so easy to do, because we are passionate about what we
do. I think that's why we clash horns so often, because we do care.
But so many developers don't care at all, so I think we should
remember that we're generally on the same side on this list.

Regards,
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[WSG] What does Semantic mean?

2007-06-05 Thread Lucien Stals

Hi Ben and others,

Here is my own bit of pedanticness...
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 On 6/06/2007 at 11:27 am, Ben Buchanan [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Sure a DIV
 would work. But a DIV is void of semantic. It's the refuge of the
 unimaginative who want to wrap everything in excess tags with no
 semantic meaning just to hang CSS off. To me, a fieldset is
obviously
 the correct semantic here.
 
 Well it has already been pointed out that DIV does have semantic
 significance - it adds structure by containing parts of the page.
It's
 just used so heavily that we tend to forget it has a real, live
 meaning :) The only major difference between DIV and FIELDSET the
way
 you propose is that FIELDSET renders a box by default.


A DIV (and a SPAN for that matter) are purely structural, not semantic.
The only difference between a div and a span is that one is a block
level element, and the other is an inline element. Apart from that, they
have the same semantic meaning, which is none at all.

The specs say:

The DIV and SPAN elements, in conjunction with the id and class
attributes, offer a generic mechanism for adding structure to documents.
These elements define content to be inline (SPAN) or block-level (DIV)
but impose no other presentational idioms on the content. Thus, authors
may use these elements in conjunction with style sheets, the lang
attribute, etc., to tailor HTML to their own needs and tastes.

http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/struct/global.html#h-7.5.4 

And I quote that in it's entirety in case anyone else decides to
suggest I'm trying to twist things to mean anything other than what they
mean.

The issue here is about the meaning of the word semantic. Semantics
refer to the *meaning* attached to something. What is the meaning of a
div? It's *use* is structural, but it's *meaning* is ... well, it
doesn't have a meaning. Only by attaching meaning via a class or id does
a div or span acquire meaning. 

If I code divsome text here/div, then I have an anonymous,
meaningless block of text. If I changed the div to be a p, then it
suddenly acquires a bit more meaning. It's a paragraph. A dictionary can
explain what a paragraph means.

If I add a class such that the code becomes div class=vcardsome text
here/div, then I have also given it meaning. In this case, it means I
have a microformat vcard entry and the information contained inside will
be treated in a special (meaningful) way.


It seems to me that many people here have different ideas about what
semantic means. It would be helpful it we shared a common understanding
in our conversations. I welcome, and invite, a *polite and professional*
debate about the use of the term semantic as it relates to our work on
the web.

The use of something, and its meaning are not necessarily the
same.

To come back to the original discussion about fieldsets, everyone has
made it very clear what the correct way to use them is, and I don't
disagree with them. I'm not interested in their correct (as defined by
the specifications) use. As far as I'm concerned, the use of a
fieldset is to group form controls and labels. But the meaning is, as
the w3schools site says, to group related content.

This bings me to Bens next excellent remarks...


 A key point that doesn't seem to have come up is that in the real
 world screen readers make use of fieldsets in a way which assumes
 they're in a form. The legend can be vocalised together with labels
to
 provide full context.
 
 Unfortunately I don't have a screen reader handy to test what it
does
 with a fieldset that's not in a form; but I would be concerned that
it
 could get really confusing for form elements to crop up in the
middle
 of general content.
 
 I won't speculate any further, but if anyone has a screen reader
 handy, perhaps they could shed some light on this?
 


I too would love to see the results of this experiment. 

Any takers?

I suspect that the following code...

fieldsetlegendstaff details/legend
dl
dtemail/dtdd[EMAIL PROTECTED]/dd
dtphone/dtdd12345678/dd
/dl
/fieldset

Is perfectly valid, semantic markup which a screen reader would render
just fine. 

But can I point out, Ben, that at no time did anyone ever suggest
placing form elements in the middle of general content. I'm not sure
where you got that one from.

Regards,

Lucien.

PS: I'm planning on attending tomorrow nights WSG meeting in Melbourne.
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Re: [WSG] What does Semantic mean?

2007-06-05 Thread Lucien Stals

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 On 6/06/2007 at 1:25 pm, Nick Gleitzman [EMAIL PROTECTED]
wrote:
 Lucien Stals wrote:
 
 I suspect that the following code...

 fieldsetlegendstaff details/legend
 dl
 dtemail/dtdd[EMAIL PROTECTED]/dd
 dtphone/dtdd12345678/dd
 /dl
 /fieldset

 Is perfectly valid, semantic markup which a screen reader would
render
 just fine.
 
 Logical, no doubt of it. But see Steve Green's post which said, JAWS

 ... can only enter 'forms mode' when a form control has focus.
 
 Does that mean that JAWS won't read the contents of the legend 
 element because it's not in 'forms mode'? And if not, how important
is 
 it for clarification of what follows that the legend be read? If the

 answer to that is 'not', or 'optional', there's not much point in 
 including it - is there?


Hmm. It's an interesting point. I'd still be curious to find out what
does in fact happen. But if that's correct, then using the fieldset this
way has no practical  benefit for people using assistive devices. In
which case we might be doing nothing more than drawing a pretty box
around some text, which is a presentational issue best done with CSS
anyway.

I think it could still be of semantic use to sighted users.

Lucien.

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Re: [WSG] What does Semantic mean?

2007-06-05 Thread Lucien Stals
Maybe I used a poor example.

Microformats would certainly be my first choice for this. I just wish
there was *more* software that could use it. And a plugin to add
microformat data into a groupwise client. That would be nice :)

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 On 6/06/2007 at 1:47 pm, Michael MD [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  I too would love to see the results of this experiment.

 Any takers?

 I suspect that the following code...

 fieldsetlegendstaff details/legend
 dl
 dtemail/dtdd[EMAIL PROTECTED]/dd
 dtphone/dtdd12345678/dd
 /dl
 /fieldset
 
 perhaps ... but for the purpose of marking up contact details in a 
 meaningful way why not use hCard?
 http://microformats.org/wiki/hcard 
 
 ...there are lots of other people already using hCard out there and
there is 
 
 software that can use it...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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[WSG] Re: Use of Fieldsets other than in form?

2007-06-04 Thread Lucien Stals
The HTML 4 specs say...

The FIELDSET element allows authors to group thematically related
controls and labels...

While controls and labels  refer to form controls, the fieldset
itself can contain anything. My opinion would be that the important part
of the use of fieldset is group thematically related content.

I say go for it!

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 On 5/06/2007 at 11:19 am, Jackie Reid [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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 Quick question for you lot.
 
 Can fieldsets only to be used in forms or can they be used to group
any sort 
 of related information together (ie: business name, short
description, logo 
 and link).
 
 thanks
 
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RE: [WSG] Re: Use of Fieldsets other than in form?

2007-06-04 Thread Lucien Stals
Whoops.

Must have caught the cranky people on a bad day ;)

I in fact did quote the entire sentence. The ellipsis at the end
indicates there is more, but the more in this case was the rest of the
paragraph, not the rest of the sentence. For clarity, I didn't ignore
any part of the sentence, and it was in no way my intention to
misdirect. I'm not even quite sure how that suggestion came about. If
you're interested, the whole paragraph is...

The FIELDSET element allows authors to group thematically related
controls and labels. Grouping controls makes it easier for users to
understand their purpose while simultaneously facilitating tabbing
navigation for visual user agents and speech navigation for
speech-oriented user agents. The proper use of this element makes
documents more accessible.

For a comparison, the w3schools site defines fieldset as The fieldset
element draws a box around its containing elements. And that's the
complete sentence. Note no mention of form controls.

I leave it to others to debate the authority of the w3schools site, and
it's a debate worth having.

I realise that many of the people here take pleasure in the pedantic
application of standards, and I'll state for the record that I agree
with the concept of the semantic web. But I am a pragmatic coder and if
I wish to group thematically related elements (*not* necessarily form
controls), then I'm free to use the fieldset if I wish to. Sure a DIV
would work. But a DIV is void of semantic. It's the refuge of the
unimaginative who want to wrap everything in excess tags with no
semantic meaning just to hang CSS off. To me, a fieldset is obviously
the correct semantic here.

Would I use it simply to have the browser draw a box around something?
No. That's a presentational issue best dealt with by applying CSS to the
relevant container.

But the original question wasn't about drawing a box. It was  about how
to group any sort of related information together. And I say a fieldset
would work. It's not the only solution, but it's a valid one. And not
just valid by the DTD. I think it's semantically valid as well.


BTW, I've said my piece, and I'll be quiet now. This mailing list has
become the domain of too many snippy little flame wars of late. I don't
know what's been getting up everyone's backsides, but I think I'll go
lurk somewhere else for a while.

Lucien.

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 On 5/06/2007 at 12:22 pm, Steve Green
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 I totally disagree with Lucien. It's nonsensical to suggest you can
just
 ignore parts of a sentence that you find inconvenient. The definition
is
 totally unambiguous - it states group thematically related controls
and
 labels, not group thematically related content such as controls
and
 labels.
 
 I say don't even think about it.
 
 Day after day in this forum some people seem to be hell-bent on
abusing the
 standards like this? Why? It's not big, it's not clever and it's not
 necessary.
 
 Steve
  
 
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 Subject: [WSG] Re: Use of Fieldsets other than in form?
 
 The HTML 4 specs say...
 
 The FIELDSET element allows authors to group thematically related
controls
 and labels...
 
 While controls and labels  refer to form controls, the fieldset
itself can
 contain anything. My opinion would be that the important part of the
use of
 fieldset is group thematically related content.
 
 I say go for it!
 
 Lucien.

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Re: [WSG] safari hack for overflow-x/y

2007-05-30 Thread Lucien Stals
I don't know much about Safari hacks, but don't forget that a new
version of Safari will be coming out soon (August?) when Leopard (OS X
10.5) gets released.

Check out the nightly build of web kit for a sneak peek at the new
render engine and see if your hacks will work in it.

http://webkit.org/

Lucien.

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Hi,
Im building a design that hinges on support for support overflow-y/x.

Are there any safari hacks that validate and will be somewhat permanent?
I google'd safari hacks but a lot of the ones i found dont work anymore.
This one  still works but doesn't validate.

/* Be nasty to Safari */
@media all {
@import url(cream.css);
/* rules */
}
/* End be nasty to Safari */

-thanks 
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Re: [WSG] stand alone blog software

2007-05-24 Thread Lucien Stals
I *want* to like Drupal. I really do. 

When it's working, it's a beautiful thing. But I've recently had a lot
of trouble installing the recent version. So much trouble that I gave up
on it :(

Lucien.


Lucien Stals
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 Raine [EMAIL PROTECTED] 24/05/07 3:30 PM 
I love WordPress.

I recently tried to install Drupal but didn't have LOCK table 
permissions on my server that is required for installation.

ByteDreams wrote:
 http://www.drupal.org

 Can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.

   



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Re: [WSG] stand alone blog software

2007-05-23 Thread Lucien Stals
Sounds like you need Wordpress.

http://wordpress.org/

From what you describe, it can do all that. It's also highly themeable
if you need a specific custom look and feel.

L.


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Calling all blog wizards!

I need a stand alone blogging software that I can insert into a client's
website so they keep their branding and can update their own blogs. 
I've
looked around to no avail.  Any suggestions for where to look, how to
look,
or anything you use that fits the bill?

Requirements are images, postings, replies to the original posting plus
ability to respond to individual posts.  The site is a UK charitable
organization that needs the posts to be monitored,anonymous, and secure.

The real trick here is being able to pull this off without fancy
programming
skills.  I am willing to host wherever is necessary instead of hosting
on my
regular servers.

TIA,
Lisa  

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Re: [WSG] css type loop

2007-05-21 Thread Lucien Stals
Thanks for that :)

Lucien.


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Tell that to this search engine:
http://kitchen.technorati.com/search/

On 21/05/2007, at 9:31 PM, Rob Kirton wrote:

 More precisely, the use of id and class can only add semantic value  
 to developers or to those who have to maintain the site.  They have  
 no bearing on real world semantics in terms of benefit derived by  
 end users and page retrieval via search engines.  To that end they  
 are semantically neutral

 -- 
 Regards

 - Rob

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 Linking in with others: http://linkedin.com/in/robkirton

 On 21/05/07, Mordechai Peller [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Paul  
 Novitski wrote:
  Mordechai, please elaborate on this point: how does HTML lose  
 semantic
  value when ids  classes are added?  I think of ids  classes as  
 being
  semantically neutral or inert.
 When used properly, ids and classes add semantic value. (That ids and
 classes can add value is, in part, the basis for microformats.) For
 example, id=nav-main, id=footer, class=price all add value.
 However, there's values in scarcity. When ids and classes are scarce
 there is an implied value which is imparted because this element has
 one and that element doesn't. With class=bullet1, class=bullet2,
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Re: [WSG] css type loop

2007-05-21 Thread Lucien Stals
You could use the same argument to say that all markup in sematicly
neutral. That the B tag and STRONG tags have the same semantic weight
since end users, the consumers of the web, nerevr look at the markup and
are largely uninterested in how the content gets to be that way it is.

We could easily lose our way and wander into the land of pedantic
semiotic debate. And I'm not saying that couldn't be fun, although I
never did well at semiotics when I studied them as an undergrad :(.  As
developers, we are the *only* ones that the semantic web benefits (until
microformats take off, and there is some kind of client support, but
there is problems in that too.). The humble P tag is semantic in it's
own right. It dentoes relativley clearly that a block of text is a
paragraph. By adding a class or id to that P tag I *add* to it's
semantic meaning by clarifying that it is a certain kind of paragraph. A
specialist subset of the normal generic semantic, if you like.

What is *not* semantic, is if I use a P tag, give it a class called Q
and style it font-weight:bold and use it as a heading.

The class name Q is meaningless (no semantic value). 
By styling the P bold and making it a heading, you are subverting the
existing semantic by not using a H tag instead.

But at the end of the day, this will only piss of the people on this
mailing list, and the next developer to work on your web site. The users
will still see a nice bold heading. The semantics are meanlingless to
them.

I'd love it if there was enough client support that semantics mattered
to more then just those of who care about the aestetics of the code. But
such support is just not wide spread enough. 

I spent a lot of time marking up our staff listing page with
microformant stuff and I'm proud of what I did. But I know that apart
from myself, and one or two other people who grock this stuff, this work
isn't going to be appreciated in any meaningful way for years to come.
Plugins like Tails and Operator are fantastic, but so far as I can see,
only of use to those of us goofing around with this stuff.

Lucien.

Lucien Stals
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More precisely, the use of id and class can only add semantic value to
developers or to those who have to maintain the site.  They have no
bearing
on real world semantics in terms of benefit derived by end users and
page
retrieval via search engines.  To that end they are semantically neutral

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Regards

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 Paul Novitski wrote:
  Mordechai, please elaborate on this point: how does HTML lose
semantic
  value when ids  classes are added?  I think of ids  classes as
being
  semantically neutral or inert.
 When used properly, ids and classes add semantic value. (That ids and
 classes can add value is, in part, the basis for microformats.) For
 example, id=nav-main, id=footer, class=price all add value.
 However, there's values in scarcity. When ids and classes are scarce
 there is an implied value which is imparted because this element has
 one and that element doesn't. With class=bullet1, class=bullet2,
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RE: [WSG] css type loop

2007-05-21 Thread Lucien Stals
Good point.

Thanks.

L.

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 Thierry Koblentz [EMAIL PROTECTED] 22/05/07 11:46 AM 
 But at the end of the day, this will only piss of the people on this
 mailing list, and the next developer to work on your web site. The
 users
 will still see a nice bold heading. The semantics are meanlingless to
 them.

Actually with your example, I believe there are more users who would be
bothered; screen-reader users for example who can navigate (cycle)
through
headings. 
One can style a P element to look like a heading as much as he wants,
but it
still won't become a proper hook for some UAs.

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Re: [WSG] WANAU - anyone heard of them?

2007-04-10 Thread Lucien Stals
I haven't heard of them, but I'd certainly be interested in finding out more 
about them.

I work at Swinburne Uni (in Melbourne), and I'm pushing for more accessibility 
within the sites I'm responsible for.

Feel free to email me off the mailing list if need be.

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 Web Accessibility Network for Australian Universities ...
 
 http://www.wanau.org/site.html 
 
 They are proposing running their annual forum on Accessibility in online
 teaching at UQ where I work, and we¹ve been asked to help ... :)
 
 I expect I will be involved anyway, but would be interested in any feedback!
 
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Re: [WSG] safari debugger

2007-03-13 Thread Lucien Stals
I recently learned that Safari has it's own built in debugger which is disabled 
by default.

Instruction for enabling the debugger are on my blog:
http://www.byteclub.net/blog/lstals/20070224/debug-safari/ 

Once enabled, it rivals Firebug as a kick ass debugger. 

Hope that help.

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 I'm looking for a way to debug in Safari, I have tried Drosera but I'm 
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Re: [WSG] Talking about tabular data...

2007-03-08 Thread Lucien Stals
The example we have been seeing in this thread is one that doesn't fall
neatly into either the table or definition list categories. It could work
with both.

The broader debate about just what is a table vrs a definition list is far
more interesting. 

Paul, I like the way you put it. But I don't see DT/DD as being similar to
TH/TD.

Tables define information that can be accessed using X Y coordinates (Column
and row). So a table is a kind of ternary relationship. The x, y, and the
value identified by the coordinates.

Definition lists define key/value pairs. It's a binary relationship.

OF course the way we use these structures is incidental. In the case that
started this thread, there appears to be no header information (no X
coordinate). But we can infer implied headings of name and position.
The y coordinate is the persons name. So it's a table.

But without the implied header information, it's just a list of key value
pairs. So it's a definition list.

We could go on for ever like this.

What is it realy? Who cares?

How would I write it? I'd use a DL and style the dots with CSS.

Lucien.



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 At 3/8/2007 09:40 AM, Nick Fitzsimons wrote:
 On the other hand, I personally believe that the use of a dl in this
 example would make no *semantic* sense. After all, given the term
 President, the definition of that term would be something like The
 individual in charge of the organisation. John Smith simply cannot
 be seen as a *definition* of the term President, but is rather the
 personal name of that entity which is *denoted* by the term President.
 
 If it was called a denotation list, then fair enough; but it's a
 definition list, for grouping terms with their definitions (whatever
 vague examples may be given in the standard).
 
 In the example you aren't defining any terms: you are specifying that
 a key is bound to a value, and *that* is what a table may usefully be
 used for.
 
 
 The HTML spec makes it explicitly clear that the relationship between
 term and description can be interpreted more broadly than merely
 terms and their definitions:
 
 Another application of DL, for example, is for marking up dialogues,
 with each DT naming a speaker, and each DD containing his or her words. [1]
 
 In a dialog, the speech does not define the speaker; rather, they
 mutually inform one another to constitute a data record of closely
 associated fields.  I suggest that the DT/DD relationship is similar
 to the TH/TD relationship of head and datum.
 
 Regards,
 Paul
 
 [1] http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/struct/lists.html#h-10.3
 HTML 4.01 Specification
 10.3 Definition lists: the DL, DT, and DD elements
 
 
 
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