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Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

Design, random musings, and the Web. Since 1977

Category Archives: Programming


Design and Usability: Part 3

If the two words design and usabil­i­ty are men­tioned togeth­er you can be sure that user test­ing will fol­low with­in a few sen­tences or para­graphs — at most. But what about the steps tak­en before throw­ing your design to the lions? Start­ing a web project implies col­lect­ing and defin­ing nonex­clu­sive fac­tors that will influ­ence how […]

This item was posted by dhilhorst on Sunday, January 25th, 2004.

Of Navigation Lists

After find­ing Acces­si­fy’s ter­rif­ic new tool List-o-mat­ic, I decid­ed it was about time I updat­ed the pri­ma­ry nav­i­ga­tion of this site to reflect my high opin­ion of unordered lists as nav­i­ga­tion. In most browsers, you should not notice any change at all (unless you are view­ing this site in a text-only brows­er, with style sheets […]

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Saturday, September 20th, 2003.

View Browser Source (AppleScripts)

Our set of Apple­Scripts was men­tioned yes­ter­day by Zeld­man, and was coin­ci­den­tal­ly updat­ed to ver­sion 1.3 — for those of you in the dark, Web­graph’s View Brows­er Source Apple­Scripts (cre­at­ed by yours tru­ly) fill a still-glar­ing gap present in all OS X web browsers: the lack of an option to view web page source in […]

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Friday, August 29th, 2003.

Zeldman’s DWWS Mini-site Bug

If you check out Zeld­man’s Mini-site for Design­ing With Web Stan­dards with IE 5/Mac, you will notice a few dif­fer­ences when com­pared to the same site viewed in just about any oth­er cur­rent brows­er: the sec­ondary nav­i­ga­tion (an unordered list dis­played inline) aligns the text to the left, and each but­ton’s click­able area is restricted […]

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Tuesday, June 10th, 2003.

CSS Layout Generator

Two new lay­out tools have been released to the mar­ket, except these tools are free, and web-based: A 3 col­umn CSS lay­out gen­er­a­tor (float-based) and a 3 col­umn CSS lay­out gen­er­a­tor (absolute posi­tion­ing). These tools allow you to adjust major set­tings in the lay­out, and pro­vide you with the fin­ished code to copy and paste […]

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Thursday, April 17th, 2003.