Zeldman

A focus on my favorite web developer is now online: do read. An extract:

In any evolved medium, art and editorial — pictures and words — work together, play off each other, enrich each other. This is also true on the web, which adds function (programming) to the equation. Getting only the text is not the same.

Jeffrey Zeldman, in case you weren’t aware, is credited with A List Apart, Web Standards Project, as well as Happy Cog and of course, the insanely popular Zeldman.com. The interview, which has very good questions and answers is at Under The Iron which seems to be a good site with lots of interviews with web developers. Take your time and read the interview with Zeldman, it is well worth it.

Link Button

Vysnu Link Button 234x60

The standard link button is 88×31 pixels long. One of the things that you won’t learn except when someone tells you, or when you actually go about making one. Another popular size which is bannerisque is 234×60. What is it with web designers and odd numbers? I prefer the less common, but more geeky 100×25 buttons myself.

Vysnu Link Button 100x25Vysnu Link Banner 88x31

How Markup shouldn't interfere with your thoughts

When you write something for print, all the qualification that you do to it is within the text, you can add emphasis and punctuation to stress and tone your message, but essentially, everything is in the words. In Hypertext, it’s not so, there’s some stuff called Markup that you have to worry about. And it’s all so damn unintuitive and intrusive. If I have to write something that really cuts to the heart, something simple yet beautiful – something like poetry in prose, that develops an image in words, I simply can’t break it with markup. HTML Links interfere with a reader’s thoughts, they’re kinks in a long melodious chain of word upon word, rotten kinks that don’t fit in anywhere, and so I have to invent, contort, displace prose so that somehow it isn’t so terribly rotten on the eye and it all somehow fits in. But I never seem to be able to do that well, it’s said of this that it’s a hard thing to learn, and I’ll try and try again because as always if you catch the reader unaware, it’s said to be more effective.

WordPress spice

WordPress has updated its filenames to start with wp- a more stable (and I hope final) change. I’ll port my in-house hacks to a more stable version while I’m at it, and then look to writing some plugins. I hooked up a CVS client to look into its progress last week and I was pleasantly surprised: Readable URLs are a big plus, and various smaller tweaks which would make WordPress much nicer to use. I hope the new version comes out soon.