Tag Archive for 'Tools'

FLOWing introduction animation for a better user experience

Most product websites will layout a bunch of images and text content on the page (maybe even a slick video if you’re lucky) and expect users to make sense of it all. Flow (by MetaLab) on the other hand uses some simple, fun, animation effects to facilitate a visual point of reference, narrating (or aptly: ‘flowing’) the user through the rest of their product experience; discovering more about this task management app – great stuff!

The history of CSS resets

http://sixrevisions.com/css/the-history-of-css-resets/

Sound foundation ensures sane development.

Nate Koechley

Mozilla Drumbeat festival: ‘Learning is learning, and learning is good.’

Drumbeat – Mozilla’s flagship festival focusing on net-neutrality, openness, and freedom of learning and expression – begins today in Barcelona, Spain. After spending an evening scoping out the scheduled events, workshops, and folks involved, here are some of my MASSIVELY cool highlights and things to watch out for in 2011:

Universal Subtitles

I was impressed to hear Robin Christopherson, Head of Accessibility Services at AbilityNet, sing the praises of YouTube’s auto-captioning tool at FOWD 2010 earlier this year. Mozilla‘s new open source tool – Universal Subtitles – aims to help translate even more videos into a format capable of being easily consumed by deaf and hard of hearing users, as well as ensuring that popular search engines – like Google – can access and archive important video content for years to come. View a video introduction to the new Universal Subtitles tool in all its HTML5 glory.

Bulletproof @font-face syntax

http://paulirish.com/2009/bulletproof-font-face-implementation-syntax/

Best .mp3 to .ogg audio file converters

If you, like me, have been dabbling in HTML audio embedding recently, then there’s a likelihood you’ll have found out there’s little cross-browser consensus for embedding HTML5 audio. There’s a high chance, if you’ve been using tools like jPlayer, that you will need two types of duplicate audio files:

  1. .mp3 and;
  2. .ogg

Here are two useful – free -conversion tools I’ve found over the past few weeks:

Enjoy!

Backup your WordPress database every day without lifting a finger

http://www.problogdesign.com/wordpress/the-perfect-hands-free-database-backup/

Form input labels with (HTML5) placeholder attributes

Update 16/12/2010

I used this jQuery placeholder plugin to do the job today and it worked nicely.

The new HTML5 specification introduces the form input placeholder attribute, which allows us to define a hint to help users fill out input fields. If you’re using a WebKit-based browser right now you should find working examples of the new input placeholder in use on this page.

Working with form elements, especially labels, can present a dilemma for many…

Proportionator (alpha 1.0)

Update 26/11/2010

Pending feature requests for v1.1 (beta):

  • Custom aspect ratios
  • Default radio input
  • Full form entry validation
  • Height to width conversion
  • Outputs image place holders
Update 30/11/2010

Proportionator gets a new home: http://www.proportionator.co.uk/. The project also welcomes the very talented @_alanshaw on-board to help get some of these feature requests out the door. Boo yar!

Try Proportionator?

Proportionator (beta 1.0)

Proportionator (beta 1.0)

Problem:

Simply put; you’d like to be able to insert media (notably images) into your new WordPress 3.0 posts and pages – and any other website page – and ensure the dimensions fill the column width, helping to:

IE6-8 CSS3 border-radius support with CSS3 PIE

I received a wonderful tip-off from one of my colleagues this week via Slashdot. My dreams had come true and along with it sanctimonious giggles for all the people I’ve known in the past who’ve worshiped Internet Explorer enough to waste time and money on supporting the browser’s lack of CSS support, rather than engaging with – let’s face it – more useful and engaging tasks; tasks we should all justify and convince to our clients before a project begins.

html5readiness.com

A wonderfully visual HTML5/CSS3 browser support resource I revisited this evening, buried in my bookmarks:

http://html5readiness.com/ screenshot

HTM5 Readiness screenshot

http://html5readiness.com/