Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-25 Thread Bob Schwartz

Stuart,

I did as you suggested.

I now have another bi-lingual site to do and was wondering if there  
is a way to mark up for languages (Italian/English) something like:


linome/name/li

span class perhaps? Seems like it would add a lot of bytes to the page.

The declared language on the document will be Italian, as most of the  
text will be in that language.



1.
You can use the lang attribute,
div id=logoh1 lang=fr




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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-21 Thread Bob Schwartz
I ran my style sheets through the w3 validator and in the style sheet  
that comes with ThickBox I got the following errors.


They seem to me to be CSS hacks that the author has used to solve  
problems with different browsers.


Should I leave them, or fix them?

#TB_overlay
Parse Error - opacity=60)

#TB_overlay
Property -moz-opacity doesn't exist : 0.6

#TB_overlay
Property opacity doesn't exist : 0.6

#TB_HideSelect
Parse Error - opacity=0)

#TB_HideSelect
Property -moz-opacity doesn't exist : 0

#TB_HideSelect
Property opacity doesn't exist : 0

#TB_iframeContent
Property _margin-bottom doesn't exist : 1px



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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-21 Thread Bob Schwartz

In my primary style sheet I got 29 warnings like this:

Same colors for color and background-color in two contexts .month and h5

As there are no h5's with a .month class anywhere in the site, I  
would assume I can just ignore these types of warnings, but it bugs  
me that the style sheet does not validate cleanly just the same.



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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-21 Thread Bob Schwartz

 Kenny,


Your cites should probably not be in their own paragraphs if the cite
can be styled directly.


I took the cites out of the paragraphs and the page did not pass w3  
validation, I put them back in and it did.


Bob


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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-21 Thread Bob Schwartz

Philip,

It looks like the site may have problems displaying at widths of  
less than
1000px in Opera 9 and Firefox.  The backgrounds don't stay within  
the three
columns properly, leaving some text unreadable.  Probably an issue  
with div
positioning, and the box model since the problem doesn't seem to  
show up in

IE -- which is what you presumably used to test the positioning.


Got a fix? It's the body background (faux column)image that is  
shifting in FF.



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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time - IE weirdness

2007-03-21 Thread Stuart Foulstone
Hi,

Since Bob was effectively asking for a peer review of his web design prior
to publication, I would have thought this was an entirely legitimate use
of this forum.

We can all learn new techniques from each other as part of this process,
with the result that we all increase the quality of our Web design and
promote Web standards.

With appologies to those who know it all already. of course.


Stuart



On Wed, March 21, 2007 7:54 am, Mike Brown wrote:
 Bob Schwartz wrote:

 Lots and lots and lots of emails about his site! There were 6 I just
 received  within a 30 min period, another 5 within 30 mins this morning
 ... :(

 Bearing in mind that there's over 2000 people on the list, and that
 there's already a lot of list traffic, and that all of these emails are
 asking people for help on a site you're building, is it not possible to:

 - reply off list to people
 - send one big email
 - try a little harder to work things out

 Whilst we want an environment that's welcoming to people as they learn, do
 bear in mind that every email you send goes to everyone on the list, and
 maybe just consider if they're all necessary.

 Mike
 - writing purely in a personal capacity and not as a list core member






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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-21 Thread Bob Schwartz

Stuart,

Your menu has links with the same anchor text but different  
destinations -

introduction, current and members.  When you can see the menu
structure the context is obvious but when using a screen reader  
this can

be confusing.


OK. I've fixed them all but one and I'm at a loss to how to fix it.

Dreamweaver is complaining that I am using this more than once to  
point to different URL's


div id=rsshra href=http://www.fifeweb.org/feed/fife.xml;img  
src=../../as/im/xml.gif id=xml alt=RSS Feed title=FIFe RSS  
feed width=72 height=15/ahr/div


The only other use of this URL is in the head:

link rel=alternate type=application/rss+xml title=FIFe Feed  
href=http://www.fifeweb.org/feed/fife.xml;


and on the page where I explain RSS:

pa href=http://www.fifeweb.org/feed/fife.xml;http:// 
www.fifeweb.org/feed/fife.xml/anbsp;nbsp;nbsp;a href=http:// 
www.fifeweb.org/feed/fife.xmlimg src=../../as/im/xml.gif  
id=xmlfeed alt=RSS Feed title=FIFe RSS feed width=72  
height=15/a/p


Any thoughts?

Bob


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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-21 Thread Stuart Foulstone
Hi,

I think Dreamweaver is complaining about using the same link text to point
to different URLs not the other way round (It is OK to use different link
text to point to the same URL).

In your menu you have:

lia href=../rss/rss.html title=The FIFe RSS feed keeps you
informed.rss feed/a/li

Below you have another link to a different URL
(http://www.fifeweb.org/feed/fife.xml)
which has an image with replacement link text alt=RSS Feed.

So, without images, one link text is rss feed the other RSS Feed which
are both the same to a screenreader.

yours,

Stuart




On Wed, March 21, 2007 11:13 am, Bob Schwartz wrote:

 Dreamweaver is complaining that I am using this more than once to
 point to different URL's

 div id=rsshra href=http://www.fifeweb.org/feed/fife.xml;img
 src=../../as/im/xml.gif id=xml alt=RSS Feed title=FIFe RSS
 feed width=72 height=15/ahr/div

 The only other use of this URL is in the head:

 link rel=alternate type=application/rss+xml title=FIFe Feed
 href=http://www.fifeweb.org/feed/fife.xml;

 and on the page where I explain RSS:

 pa href=http://www.fifeweb.org/feed/fife.xml;http://
 www.fifeweb.org/feed/fife.xml/anbsp;nbsp;nbsp;a href=http://
 www.fifeweb.org/feed/fife.xmlimg src=../../as/im/xml.gif
 id=xmlfeed alt=RSS Feed title=FIFe RSS feed width=72
 height=15/a/p

 Any thoughts?

 Bob


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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time - IE weirdness

2007-03-21 Thread BKDesign Solutions

The below sounds like a good way to discourage using this list.

Bruce P
bkdesign
- Original Message - 
From: Mike Brown [EMAIL PROTECTED]

To: wsg@webstandardsgroup.org
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 3:54 AM
Subject: Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time - IE weirdness


Bob Schwartz wrote:

Lots and lots and lots of emails about his site! There were 6 I just
received  within a 30 min period, another 5 within 30 mins this morning
... :(

Bearing in mind that there's over 2000 people on the list, and that
there's already a lot of list traffic, and that all of these emails are
asking people for help on a site you're building, is it not possible to:

- reply off list to people
- send one big email
- try a little harder to work things out

Whilst we want an environment that's welcoming to people as they learn, do
bear in mind that every email you send goes to everyone on the list, and
maybe just consider if they're all necessary.

Mike
- writing purely in a personal capacity and not as a list core member






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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-21 Thread BKDesign Solutions

From: Bob Schwartz

OK. I've fixed them all but one and I'm at a loss to how to fix it.

Dreamweaver is complaining that I am using this more than once to  
point to different URL's


Any thoughts?

Bob


Get rid of dreamweaver? ;)

Bruce P
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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time - IE weirdness

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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-20 Thread Bob Schwartz
You should also perhaps markup your logo H1 content as a change  
from the

declared natural language of the page (English).


Thanks for you tips Stuart:

1. How do I do that?
2.I'm curious as to why you  think it is necessary - it is the name  
of the association - I doubt if Danone or Armani marks their names up  
as French or Italian on their English sites.




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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-20 Thread Bob Schwartz

Thanks Lyn,

During the planning for the site re-do we relied pretty heavily on a  
year's worth of visitor stats in making decisions.


One of the things our stats showed us was the very low percentage of  
800 x 600 and below visitors we had, plus people were complaining  
that the site was looking too small, so we bumped it up.


There was some discussion about keeping a lower res version, but the  
client ruled it out.



Bob - I was wondering about the width of the #wrappers- 980px/960px  
which causes horizontal scrolling if viewed on a smaller screen  
resolution such as 800 x 600.  I have always tried to avoid  
horizontal scolling sometimes with great difficulty - does it not  
matter so much now that many people are using higher screen  
resolutions?




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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-20 Thread Lyn Patterson


During the planning for the site re-do we relied pretty heavily on a 
year's worth of visitor stats in making decisions.


One of the things our stats showed us was the very low percentage of 
800 x 600 and below visitors we had, plus people were complaining that 
the site was looking too small, so we bumped it up.


There was some discussion about keeping a lower res version, but the 
client ruled it out.

Thanks Bob - that's very interesting. Love the main page image!

Lyn
Western Web Design
www.westernwebdesign.com.au



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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-20 Thread Bob Schwartz

Thanks Kenny,


I would appreciate it if
you guys could check it out for any errors or wrong practices


Most/every page has two h1's, and there should only be one per page.
Ideally, you should keep the h1 for the page title, but not for the
site title.


I've fixed these (not yet uploaded to test server).


Your cites should probably not be in their own paragraphs if the cite
can be styled directly.


I've fixed these, too (not yet uploaded to test server) though I  
can't seem to get the exact styling (align-right) I want to work  
using css - the font-size does work, though. They look OK aligned left.



Other than that, looks great.


Thank you.



Some may also say that having a splash screen page (a page with no
other navigation other than enter) is a bad practice, but I think
that's more a matter of personal preference.


I like it, the client likes it :-}

Olly Hodgson pointed out (here) that I should put links to the major  
sections of the site on it though, some I am studying a way to do that


Best,

Bob


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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-20 Thread Bob Schwartz

 Nick,

As no screenreaders read title attributes by default (and no  
screenreader user ever changes the default setting, apparently) you  
aren't really deriving any benefit (at least in accessibility  
terms) from the title attributes, so they might as well go.


They were originally put there when I took over the site several  
years ago as a means of letting people know what  was where in the  
completely re-done site navigation.


I suppose they have out lived their usefulness, so will go.

Thanks for the tip.

Bob




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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-20 Thread Bob Schwartz

Stuart,

Your menu has links with the same anchor text but different  
destinations -

introduction, current and members.  When you can see the menu
structure the context is obvious but when using a screen reader  
this can


This is a real head-scratcher.

I'm having trouble finding other words that fit the space. but keep  
the meaning.


I'll work on it.

Thanks,

Bob


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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-20 Thread Bob Schwartz

Rob,

The navigation is dependent on javascript for the flyouts which not  
only
do the flyouts cease to work when js is turned off they also become  
dead

links leaving only a partial working menu.


What browser - OS are you using?

In everything I've checked it in, the links are not dead with  
javascript turned off.


They do cease to work as flyouts, but instead  line up nicely one  
under the other.


Bob


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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time - IE weirdness

2007-03-20 Thread Jorge Laranjo

meta name=author content=Penny Bydlinski  Bob Schwartz /

The '' should be escaped as amp;

You can see that you've only got one 'warning' and that's it! http:// 
tinyurl.com/2m4pey




Em 2007/03/20, às 18:46, Bob Schwartz escreveu:

In the test site I put up the other day for scrutiny http:/// 
www.fotografics.it/fife/


I have discovered a funny one with IE 6

If you go to organization ---commissions--- any commission except  
show


you should see an image beside the list of names.

The image is attached as a background to the div holding the names

(try with FF)

on IE 6 they are not showing up.

Is there some hack I should know about, but don't?

Bob



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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time - IE weirdness

2007-03-20 Thread Jorge Laranjo
An try to use http://www.sidar.org/hera/ (you can choose you're  
language) to check your site
And you're site has 1 error for the Priority 3: Keyboard shortcuts:  
No keyboard shortcuts provided.



Em 2007/03/20, às 18:46, Bob Schwartz escreveu:

In the test site I put up the other day for scrutiny http:/// 
www.fotografics.it/fife/


I have discovered a funny one with IE 6

If you go to organization ---commissions--- any commission except  
show


you should see an image beside the list of names.

The image is attached as a background to the div holding the names

(try with FF)

on IE 6 they are not showing up.

Is there some hack I should know about, but don't?

Bob



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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-20 Thread Stuart Foulstone

On Tue, March 20, 2007 11:56 am, Bob Schwartz wrote:
 You should also perhaps markup your logo H1 content as a change
 from the
 declared natural language of the page (English).

 Thanks for you tips Stuart:

 1. How do I do that?
 2.I'm curious as to why you  think it is necessary - it is the name
 of the association - I doubt if Danone or Armani marks their names up
 as French or Italian on their English sites.



I did say perhaps.

1.
You can use the lang attribute,
div id=logoh1 lang=fr

2.
The idea is that speech synthesizers will pronouce it correctly and 
braille generators will be able to substitute the appropriate control
codes.


I was thinking more in terms of Web standards, rather than the standards
of other Websites (Danone - 260 coding errors errors on home page; Armani
- Flash!)


Stuart

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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-20 Thread Bob Schwartz

OK, you convinced me.

Your reason for doing so is far more valid than my lame reasoning  
with the Danone and Armani examples.


Thanks.



On Tue, March 20, 2007 11:56 am, Bob Schwartz wrote:

You should also perhaps markup your logo H1 content as a change
from the
declared natural language of the page (English).


Thanks for you tips Stuart:

1. How do I do that?
2.I'm curious as to why you  think it is necessary - it is the name
of the association - I doubt if Danone or Armani marks their names up
as French or Italian on their English sites.




I did say perhaps.

1.
You can use the lang attribute,
div id=logoh1 lang=fr

2.
The idea is that speech synthesizers will pronouce it correctly and
braille generators will be able to substitute the appropriate control
codes.


I was thinking more in terms of Web standards, rather than the  
standards
of other Websites (Danone - 260 coding errors errors on home page;  
Armani

- Flash!)


Stuart




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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-19 Thread Joseph R. B. Taylor

Looks pretty strong.

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Phone: (609) 335-3076
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Bob Schwartz wrote:

The test site at

http://www.fotografics.it/fife/

has been refurbished to make it more standards compliant,

before moving on to the accessibility layer I would appreciate it if 
you guys could check it out for any errors or wrong practices


Thanks,

bob


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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-19 Thread Kenny Graham

I would appreciate it if
you guys could check it out for any errors or wrong practices


Most/every page has two h1's, and there should only be one per page.
Ideally, you should keep the h1 for the page title, but not for the
site title.

Your cites should probably not be in their own paragraphs if the cite
can be styled directly.

Other than that, looks great.

Some may also say that having a splash screen page (a page with no
other navigation other than enter) is a bad practice, but I think
that's more a matter of personal preference.


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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-19 Thread Nick Fitzsimons

On 19 Mar 2007, at 14:42:38, Bob Schwartz wrote:


The test site at

http://www.fotografics.it/fife/

has been refurbished to make it more standards compliant,

before moving on to the accessibility layer I would appreciate it  
if you guys could check it out for any errors or wrong practices


One thing I notice is that the links in the navigation have title  
attributes which, when they appear as a tooltip, obscure the contents  
of the submenus and of the menu items further down the page (I've  
looked in Safari and Firefox, BTW).


Of course, when you move off the link the tooltip vanishes, but it  
reminded me of something that one of the speakers (I believe it was  
Anne McMeekin of the Royal National Institute for the Blind)  
mentioned at the WSG London Accessibility meetup a couple of weeks  
ago: a partially-sighted user might well have a screen magnification  
of as much as 32 times normal (or more), and the appearance of a big  
yellow tooltip box obscuring the actual content is usually a major  
hindrance to them.


In this case, such a user might not even notice that a submenu (which  
could be partially off the right of their screen) had appeared, nor  
would they be able to scan down the main menu until the tooltip  
finally disappeared.


As no screenreaders read title attributes by default (and no  
screenreader user ever changes the default setting, apparently) you  
aren't really deriving any benefit (at least in accessibility terms)  
from the title attributes, so they might as well go.


Generally though I think it looks extremely good :-)

Cheers,

Nick.

(Apologies if I've misrepresented what was said at the WSG meetup,  
but I believe I've remembered it correctly :-)

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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-19 Thread Olly Hodgson

On 3/19/07, Kenny Graham [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:


Some may also say that having a splash screen page (a page with no
other navigation other than enter) is a bad practice, but I think
that's more a matter of personal preference.


Personally, I'd have links to the major sections of the site, rather
that one small insignificant link at the bottom of the page. A
screen-reader user would have to trawl through the whole screen before
they could get into the meat of the site, which doesn't seem ideal.

On a non-accessibility tip, the header graphic appears to have quite
significant JPEG artifacts on my screen (they show up more on the
Macbook for some reason).  Also, the sub-menus on the left-hand
navigation appear, then grow slightly in size (in both Safari and
Camino on MacOSX). I'm not sure if that's intentional or not, but it's
a bit distracting.

Cheers,


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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-19 Thread Stuart Foulstone
Hi,

From an WAI accessibility point of view:

Your menu has links with the same anchor text but different destinations -
introduction, current and members.  When you can see the menu
structure the context is obvious but when using a screen reader this can
be confusing.

You should also perhaps markup your logo H1 content as a change from the
declared natural language of the page (English).

Stuart

On Mon, March 19, 2007 2:42 pm, Bob Schwartz wrote:
 The test site at

 http://www.fotografics.it/fife/

 has been refurbished to make it more standards compliant,

 before moving on to the accessibility layer I would appreciate it
 if you guys could check it out for any errors or wrong practices

 Thanks,

 bob



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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-19 Thread Rob Unsworth
On Mon, 19 Mar 2007, Bob Schwartz wrote:

 The test site at
 
 http://www.fotografics.it/fife/
 
 has been refurbished to make it more standards compliant,
 
 before moving on to the accessibility layer I would appreciate it if you
 guys could check it out for any errors or wrong practices

Bob, 

The navigation is dependent on javascript for the flyouts which not only 
do the flyouts cease to work when js is turned off they also become dead 
links leaving only a partial working menu.

This would be very confusing for a screen reader user.



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RE: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-19 Thread Philip Kiff
Bob Schwartz wrote:
 The test site at
 http://www.fotografics.it/fife/
 has been refurbished [...] I would appreciate it
 if you guys could check it out for any errors or wrong practices

It looks like the site may have problems displaying at widths of less than
1000px in Opera 9 and Firefox.  The backgrounds don't stay within the three
columns properly, leaving some text unreadable.  Probably an issue with div
positioning, and the box model since the problem doesn't seem to show up in
IE -- which is what you presumably used to test the positioning.

Phil.



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Re: [WSG] site check - almost ready for prime time

2007-03-19 Thread Lyn Patterson
Bob - I was wondering about the width of the #wrappers- 980px/960px 
which causes horizontal scrolling if viewed on a smaller screen 
resolution such as 800 x 600.  I have always tried to avoid horizontal 
scolling sometimes with great difficulty - does it not matter so much 
now that many people are using higher screen resolutions?


Lyn
Western Web Design
www.westernwebdesign.com.au
  

The test site at

http://www.fotografics.it/fife/

has been refurbished to make it more standards compliant,

before moving on to the accessibility layer I would appreciate it if you
guys could check it out for any errors or wrong practices





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