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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.