Archive for the ‘Web Standards’ Category

Web Development Cheat Sheets

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 by Thomas Watson Steen

I just found this page on Cheat Sheets. It contains a bunch of cheat sheets (you know the good old reference posters that is nice to have around the office). Realy good stuff. Now I just need to go to the office after dark to print a couple of posters on the A0 plotter […]

57% of users will benefit from assistive technologies

Monday, April 24th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

As a followup to my post 25% of all web users are disabled, I saw that Microsoft commissioned Forrester to make research about accessibility and assistive technologies.

They found that 57% are likely to benefit from assistive technologies.

Free Service: See your website in different browsers

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006 by Thomas Watson Steen

A free online service called Browsershots has just launched (still beta). You provide it with a URI and it will take real screenshots in different browsers of that page.

XMLHttpRequest soon becoming W3C standard

Monday, April 10th, 2006 by Thomas Watson Steen

I just found out (via BorkWeb) that the W3C is looking to standardizing the XMLHttpRequest object which is the foundation for all AJAX based applications. Today this object is implemented by all the major browsers. But because there is no standard dictating how this object should behave, the implementations are a bid different. That in […]

E-mail vs. RSS

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 by Thomas Watson Steen

Syndicated feeds in form of RSS or Atom is the hot way of getting news from around the world delivered instantly and dynamically to your desktop. Previously a user could only do so by registering for an e-mail newsletter. Believe it or not some people don’t have a news aggregator installed. They might not even […]

How to limit table cell height (GMail style)

Saturday, March 11th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

I just sent this to the CSS-D discussion list Hope you can help me with this. I want to limit a table cell height to only one line of text. My example below does not work – any height on td is simply ignored if content is long. Problem here (according to for instance […]

Who invented the spacer.gif?

Friday, March 3rd, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Do you remember this fish?

Killer websites: Click the fish

Since this blog is primarily about web standards and and usability, I thought this would be a good time to give you sort of an anti-webstandards, anti-usability insight. It’s a journey ten years back into time, where no web standards existed, and I learned how to make “killer websites“.

HTML use and abuse in one billion webpages

Friday, January 27th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Google posted a very interesting study with regards to web standards. As new browsers get better and better support for web standards, our awareness is raised to make sure web applications also support the future browsers (such as Internet Explorer 7. How do developers use HTML? – 20/Jan/2006 As part of our work with the […]

25% of all web users are disabled

Friday, January 20th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Did you know that up to 25% of all visitors on your website have some kind of accessibility problem. Some of your users may be blind, deaf, dyslectic, has learning disabilities or motoric disabilities such as schlerosis, parkinson’s disease, etc. A so-called functional disability.

But how about users with a technical disability: Wireless devices, slow internet connections, old browsers, feed readers, etc. These should be considered as well, as there are probably more people with technological disability than functional disability.

Weblog usability followup

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

In the previous “Mullet-style blog layout and complete archive page” we had a look on the Mullet-style blog page that makes more content available on the fronpage, and also argued for replacing monthly archives with a single archive page.Danish “” pointed me to a research document from July 2005: Blog Mainstream Market Penetration Likely Limited […]

AJAX performance stats, ROI, and business value

Saturday, January 14th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

How do you build a system that can deliver and update content to 100,000 people simultaneously? Via I saw this article from MacRumors on what traffic they got when Steve Jobs delivered his keynote on MacWorld a few days ago.

Also in this post: Ajaxinfo (the guys behind AJAX usability metrics), AJAX ROI faceoff, where a traditional webapp is compared to an AJAX webapp. For the visually oriented, there is a video comparing the two applications.

The Anatomy of Web Fonts

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 by Thomas Watson Steen

Want to know how to make your website more readable and accessible to its users? Start by using the correct font and don’t forget to tweak and style it correctly either – it makes quite the difference! Understand how in the great article “The Anatomy of Web Fonts” by Andy Humes.

Yahoo! alerts to support RSS

Friday, December 2nd, 2005 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Podtech has an exclusive interview about Yahoo! and pushing RSS to their 227 million email users. Yahoo! has built RSS into their alerts services at and furthermore they’ve built an RSS reader into their email service. Unfortunately, it’s only for the invited beta users of Yahoo Mail.

Web developer’s collection of browser tools

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

With the release of Firefox 1.5, I thought it’s time to make a round up on the tools and plugins that makes my everyday work faster, more efficient. Here are some of my favorite tools for Firefox and a few for Internet Explorer.

Disney Store moved away from webstandards

Monday, November 28th, 2005 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Webstandards evangelist Molly Holzschlag wrote a brisk open letter to the Disney Store after they recently dumped their webstandards compliant site and introduced table-based layouts, spacer gifs, <font>-tags and lots of style attributes.

Public Sector Usability Awards

Saturday, November 26th, 2005 by Thomas Watson Steen

Each year in Denmark the Danish government awards the best public sector websites. The competition is called “Best på Nettet” and this year the focus has especialy been on usability.

“Usability dagene 05” day 1 roundup

Monday, November 21st, 2005 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Jakob Nielsen, web banking experience and news on danish usability conference “usability dagene 05”

ASP.Net 1.1 and web standards support

Monday, November 21st, 2005 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

ASP.Net framework has severe problems producing HTML that follows webstandards. This is the first article of two where I take a closer look

3 column CSS layout equal height solved

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Recently the CSS hackers at Position is Everything posted an indepth article “In search of the one true layout“. After a couple of reads, it seems that this is the future way of making 3-column page layout. In fact, it can be used for any number of columns. Eric Meyer thinks this is so good […]

Just added Google Analytics as tracker tool

Monday, November 14th, 2005 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

We just signed up for testing the new Google Analytics statistics software. It gives us an idea of who is browsing our website. On the humorous side, the signup process is missing something. It seems that the license agreement is not found. Hilarious. Of course I accepted (but I’m still wondering what that means). We’re […]

JavaScript Shell: Useful tool for editing DOM and JavaScript

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Jesse Ruderman has a tool for live-editing JavaScript and DOM on any webpage. I have found it very useful and indispensable for rapid JavaScript development, bug finding in unknown code. Couple of days ago I asked Jesse to consider some improvements, which he now incorporated. I really recommend this tool, especially the ability to investigate […]