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WebJam Perth

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

That’s right folks, WebJam is finally coming to Perth. Whoo hoo! So, what is WebJam? To put it in Myles’s words, WebJam is an event where: …we have a number of presenters who get 3 minutes to show us what they are working on, why it is cool and why we should vote for them. […]


Sunday, June 24th, 2007

The word “should” is one I took a dislike to years ago, ever since the man I married at 19 (when I was too young and naive to know better) would say to me, “You should not do this. You should not feel like that”. By definition, “should” is unrelated to reality, except to exemplify […]

The people of Web Directions South ’06

Friday, October 13th, 2006

It’s already two weeks after the event, so it’s about time I put pen to paper (so to speak) and blogged about Web Directions South. (Actually, it’s about time I blogged about anything at all, it’s been so long!)

Plenty of people have talked about the sessions and how much they gained from them. I’ve found it fascinating to see the different areas in which different people found value.

For myself, because of my hearing (or lack thereof) it’s not so much about the sessions: it’s about the people.

Perth Web Standards Group Meeting — Thursday 31st August

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

For those of us in Perth, this is just a reminder that the Perth WSG meeting will be tomorrow night. Nick Cowie is presenting on making web forms both attractive and accessible. Nick is a great guy who really knows his stuff, and together with the networking fun (and the nibblies! and the cheap drinks available at the bar!) it will be a great evening.

Set your own standards

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

When I say “Set your own standards”, I’m not talking about creating our own web standards here but about the quality of our work.

Marketing guru Seth Godin writes, in his article Better than they deserve:

Letting your customers set your standards is a dangerous game, because the race to the bottom is pretty easy to win. Setting your own standards — and living up to them — is a better way to profit. Not to mention a better way to make your day worth all the effort you put into it.

Did that ever strike a chord with me!

Designing for wide screens and high resolutions

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

My 17-inch MacBook Pro laptop shares the same screen resolution as my 20-inch iMac. Obviously, to fit the same number of pixels on the screen, those pixels are going to be a lot smaller on the MBP than on the iMac.

I have good eyesight, but there are many sites I view on the MBP where I find I have to bump up the font size because the text is painfully small.


Friday, April 14th, 2006

It’s been a while since I posted, so this seems a good time to mention that I’ve been invited to speak at TODCon 8 in Orlando, Florida, in May 2006.

Is there room for another web editor from Adobe?

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

There has been much discussion by web professionals everywhere about the future of their favourite applications since Adobe acquired Macromedia last year. Recently, on the Webweavers discussion group, Lynn Grillo posed a question that sparked quite a discussion.

Lynn asked, “So do you folks think there is room for two web editors from Adobe? You know, aimed at different markets?”

Where are the women of the web?

Monday, January 30th, 2006

A recent conversation with a widely known and respected web designer friend in the U.S.A. raised the oft-asked question, “Where are the women in web design?”

My friend found herself in a situation where she was asked to fix the work of a relatively prominent male in the area of web standards.

Extending Safari

Monday, November 14th, 2005

In my ongoing search for the elusive “perfect browser”, I have been back and forth a bit lately. I’ve gone from Safari 2.0 (a very fast and elegant browser), to Firefox (for the zillionth time), to Flock, back to Firefox, over to Camino and am now back with Safari. Here’s why: