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November 11, 2010 – 7:14 pm
Common uses of the show/hide technique on websites include tree hierarchy systems, which group large numbers of related items such as link structures and directory contents together to help keep them manageable. The technique is also frequently used to show extra content or provide additional information on demand to preserve valuable screen real-estate.
For example, most ‘drop down’ website menus do this, and also pretty much any time you are given the option to click to reveal detailed or extended information about something on the page.
October 23, 2010 – 4:12 pm
The autocomplete feature common to all of today’s major browsers is often a useful time-saving device. However, it does come with some security risks.
There is actually a significant flaw with autocomplete that can allow scripts to steal your private data, without you even being aware of it or interacting with the malicious page. I will try and go in to more detail on this in a future post.
Nevertheless, autocomplete is a popular feature which looks appears to be here to stay, and so is still important to lessen the risks you can have any control over, as much as possible.
For instance; should you need to collect credit card information for a payment form, it is an important user consideration to ensure that this kind of data is not stored by the browser and provided as input suggestions on other forms. This is especially important for users accessing your site with a public computer.
October 13, 2010 – 10:05 am
This article aims to provide a collection of functions, some of which were created to fill these gaps, and is likely to be updated periodically as new ones are found or recommended. Other arguably invaluable tips and methods will also be included here – and anything else I deem to be helpful.
October 11, 2010 – 9:48 pm
Anyone familiar with HTML will have encountered the
<img tag many times, which is of course used for inserting images in to pages.
This article will talk about two attributes supported by the
There is a subtle, but significant difference between these two attributes, which are commonly misunderstood and so misused. This is, in no small, part due to one irresponsible browser developer interpreting standards in their own way (yes, it’s Microsoft’s Internet Explorer).
You could be forgiven for thinking the
TITLE attributes were functionally identical, if you have only ever developed and tested websites in Internet Explorer.
Let’s start with the
October 10, 2010 – 9:57 am
<DOCTYPE tag is often (and easily) misunderstood and used incorrectly.
It’s not really a surprise. Doctypes can be confusing, and there are plenty of opinions on the subject; some of which will be discussed in this article.
Let’s start by getting to grips with what a doctype actually is – here’s a quote from W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), the only official organisation responsible for trying to tame and standardize the erratic world of website development:
There is not just one type of HTML, there are actually many: HTML 4.01 Strict, HTML 4.01 Transitional, XHTML 1.0 Strict, and many more. All these types of HTML are defined in their respective W3C specifications, but they are also defined in a machine-readable language specifying the legal structure, elements and attributes of a type of HTML.
Such a definition is called a “Document Type Definition”, or, for short, DTD.
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