Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

TTT: EE

Treebeard saves Merry and Pippin from Old Willow

I just finished watching Extended Edition of The Two Towers.

It is totaly amazing.

42 mins of additional footage really fill-in the gaps. When I watched the original movie, I felt that some things are missing, that story cuts too quick to some scenes. I was also puzzled why have Peter Jackson and co. did some things.

Lots of spoilers follow - do not read if you prefer to see it fresh and new.

Hack: To or not to

Ever since Peter-Paul Koch put online his [quirksmode] web site, his opinions caused quote a stir in web design community. He openly opposes most of the techniques and guidelines many of us advise.

In the Keep it simple column at Digital Web, PPK published an article where he advised developers to avoid the use of hacks, since some new browser version might fix the bug used for hack but not fix the very behavior you are trying to hack.

In the latest article, PPK posted a list of CSS hacks that could be considered safe, since they apply to dead browsers (NN4, IE5/Mac), and dismissing anything else, since the “live” browsers are updated and can fall into a trap he explained in the original article.

I agree with the point about new browser versions and bug fixing. Yes, that can happen. And that’s all I agree with.

Confirmed

My observation is confirmed by one of the developers of the next version of Visual Studio and ASP.NET.

It’s nice to know. I’ve worked on high-profile .NET project where I insisted as mad to be XHTML compliant, so I won’t have to code using tables since the content was screaming for simple layout.

I was able to persuade everyone in the end, but the damn thing got me lots of problems. All Web controls in ASP.NET 1.1 Framework produce the code which belongs to 1998. Pages for that projects are now mostly a bunch of divs and spans, since that was the closest I could get (without forsing the server-side guy to write complete set of custom controls for outputing meaningful markup).

It will still need work to make it all semantically meaningful, but changing divs and spans to hx & co. will be much simpler than turning table & co. to it.

Wait and see.

Bad and good UI

It’s shame how wonderfull features can be diminished by junior-high-grade mistakes.

I visited today new MS Office web site and got the following warning at the top:

Warning: You are viewing this page with an unsupported Web browser. This Web site works best with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or later or Netscape Navigator 6.0 or later. Click here for more information on supported browsers.

So I followed the link to page where they practically repeat the same information above.

I clicked the “No” button at the bottom and was pleased to see wondefull use of DOM - form has changed to allow instant user feedback. But then, when I clicked on “Next” button, I got Javascript error saying that Mozilla couldn’t find the form with rather obscure name (it has : in the middle of it).

No feedback from my side then.1 Average user will see no way out of this situation and will leave the site.

An excellent user-interaction followed by developer error. Sigh.

Learn from other’s mistakes.

1 OK, I lie. This error was eating me somewhere in the back of my head, so later I went to this page in IE and reported it.