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So long, Mac IE

As reported all over the place, development for the Macintosh version of Internet Explorer is over. Wow. It’s not a huge shock of course, with news that the standalone version of IE for Windows was ceasing as well. I, like many others, have quietly made the switch over to Camino or even Safari. It’s been so long since IE/Mac has been updated — the writing was on the wall. The release of Safari was further proof.

The good news is that both Camino and Safari are better browsers, building on the standards support that was introduced with the Mac version of IE. The bad news is that designers and developers will be building sites for the current crop of Internet Explorer browsers for quite some time. Longhorn (the next version of Windows) isn’t scheduled to appear until 2005, and will most likely be the next time that Microsoft updates their browser. Even then, most will not upgrade right away, and 90% of users out there will still be browsing with versions 5 and 6 of IE.

I suppose it could be worse… CSS support for browser versions 5 and 6, while still buggy in spots, is manageable, and real-world usage of CSS-based layouts is well underway.

Pants

So I’ve been thinking about pants lately. More speficially I’ve been thinking about pockets on pants. On your normal pair of pants, there are usually two back pockets. This is a customary place where one would keep his (or her?) wallet. If you think about it though, it’s not exactly a natural place to keep something — especially something like a wallet. I’m sitting on it all day.

Why do we do this? Because someone years and years ago decided to place two back pockets on a pair of pants. And then years later someone started putting their wallet in their back pocket. So now we’re to follow these people. But what if those same people put pockets at the back of the ankle? I’d much rather hold my wallet down there.

Mini Tabs: The UN-tab, tab

Let me preface this by saying that the methods used in creating the tabs below are nothing terribly revolutionary or original — but merely are demonstrated to share the idea.

I came up with these little “mini tabs” for navigation while working on a few projects. They’ll probably appear in the real world eventually. They are generated with pure CSS of course, and require no images. A neat little pop up effect for a selected navigation item:

tabs

Tested in Camino, Safari, IE5/Mac, IE5,6/Win. Take a peek at the working example and code if you are interested.

5 air conditioned days in Miami

I’ve just returned from Miami where I was working at Fast Company’s RealTime. The whole event happened within the Loews Miami Beach Hotel — a nice place right in the Art Deco section of town.

Click for slideshowI didn’t get out to see too much, but snapped a few photos of the hotel area and surrounding blocks.

Heath Row blogged the speaking sessions (man can he type fast). And also, there are some cool, downloadable PDF posters available that were created right on the spot by Becca Rees (ZipFly) using quotes from many of the speakers. It was fun working with a lot of talented, creative people.

Now time to sleep, and dig out of a mountain of email and work.

Miami Vice

Heading down to Fast Company’s annual RealTime event being held this year in Miami. Should be interesting — it’s my first time going to one of these in the 2.5 years I’ve worked at FC. Have never been to Miami for any length of time before either, so I’m looking forward to that.

A little rain and one moose

Wow, a fantastic little vacation to Moose Meadow Lodge in Waterbury, Vermont. It rained probably 75% of the time, but good times were had nonetheless.

Click for slideshowAfter following, what we thought were, fresh moose tracks into the woods for a few hours with no luck, we finally met a moose on the side of the road. Several times. Turns out this moose stayed in pretty much the same spot on the side of the highway for the better part of a full day. In fact this same moose was still there at 9pm that same night, drinking water in the gutter and lifting its head as we drove by. I took some other pictures as well. Click the moose for a slideshow.

I can’t recommend the Moose Meadow Lodge enough — hiking trails, stocked pond, easy access to Stowe, Montpeiler, Burlington, Ben & Jerry’s factory, etc., great hosts and great food.

A couple more days off before going back to work. It’s going to be hard after an unwind like this…

Unplugging

Tomorrow we’re off to unplug for a few days in Vermont. Four days of… well, it looks like rain. But that’s ok. We’ll make the best of it. I’m hoping to get some Scrabble playing in. See you next week…

Thank You

Today while crossing the street, I mouthed the words “thank you” in a very Clay Aiken-like manner to the kind motorist that allowed me by. I couldn’t belive myself. I didn’t, however, flutter my eyelids. Man that is annoying. If you have no idea what I’m talking about… be thankful.

OL ordering update

Thanks to those who wrote in regarding my earlier curiosity about the separate styling of the number generated within an ordered list. The good news: you can do it with CSS2. The bad news: it’ll only work in Opera. Oh well. I could wrap the content of an li tag with span and be done with I suppose — for now.