Christian Ziebarth

Archive for March 2009

Verify Fail

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Was trying to leave a comment on somebody else’s blog the other day and saw the following verification word:

Verification Fail

and entered “movement5” but when I tried to submit the comment it told me I did not enter the word correctly. If “movement5” is not what I should’ve entered can somebody tell me what the correct thing should’ve been?

Six Levels of Headers

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Had just started this entry on how I use HTML headers when I came across this site called The H1 Debate. It posits the question, “Should H1’s be used for a company logo or a page title?”

My belief is that the H1 should be the most important bit of information about the whole site, in other words, the string of text that names the entire site, while the H2 is the next most important header (obviously) and in most instances, though not all, would be the page title for any page of a site other than the front page. On this blog here the H1 throughout the entire site is “CMZ Media Developer.” The H2 is the title for each individual entry. When you are only looking at one entry there is only the one H2 on the page (unless you put an H2 within an entry, which you shouldn’t be doing as any header within an entry would be subservient to the H2) but in some cases, such as on the front page, there is going to be multiple H2 instances.

There’s going to be some differences from site to site since every site has different kinds of information but let me go through a couple examples from sites I have worked on to show how I have implemented headers. Read the rest of this entry »

Waiter, there’s a hair in my tag soup

In Uncategorized on March 13, 2009 at 11:26 am

So, I got a new project to work on and it is basically adding one page to an existing site and updating some content throughout the site. This is the first site I’ve worked on in a while with loads of legacy code on it. The site has been laid out using tables and makes liberal use of the FONT tag.

Fortunately, the code is not as bad as it could be. There doesn’t seem to be any unused code or overuse of BR tags or empty P or DIV tags for creating whitespace, and, no, I haven’t found any BLINK tags on it. I’d like to convert the whole thing to a CSS layout and sweep out the legacy code but I’m not sure right now if the project’s budget will allow it.

Okay, so that wasn’t much of a post. More like a vent. So here’s a couple things I have found out about recently that I’ll be looking into more:

CSS Libraries

In Uncategorized on March 7, 2009 at 6:29 pm

I think at least 20% of the job of a web developer is keeping up with all the new developments out there in our realm. It seems like every day there is new CSS this, or new jQuery that. One of the CSS libraries is Blueprint and a few months ago I began to use it for a project but realized it was like my own unnamed (as yet) CSS/JavaScript framework that I’d been using so I scrapped that idea.

Blueprint CSS

A couple months later I found a job listing for a Blueprint developer and wrote to them and said, “I have my own thing that’s like Blueprint that works even a little better. Would that work for you?” The guy was nice but said, “Well, we would give preference to a Blueprint developer.” And that was the last I’ve heard from him.

When I started my next project (United States Mexican Restaurants; yes, I have three Mexican food-related websites, but only three) I decided I would put it in Blueprint so I could say I had Blueprint experience. So what is my opinion on Blueprint? It’s okay, but maybe not really better than the framework I had created on my own (but was not visionary enough to market). I think I will probably at least keep this one project in Blueprint. People have discussed drawbacks to Blueprint, the main complaint being, “What I find with a lot of these frameworks is that they try to be ‘all things to all people,’ which leads to using more code than is necessary.” But I can live with it on one of my sites. Read the rest of this entry »

Data Tables, Lesson #2

In Uncategorized on March 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I’ve talked before about how there are proper uses for HTML tables in addition to the improper use (i.e., page layout) that most web developers seem to be aware of. Now I’m going to show an example of an HTML table put to proper use. On my Los Angeles County Mexican Restaurants blog I have an entry that shows the restaurants that have been covered so far.

Mex Food LA Table

This table has a number of interesting features that I will go through one by one. Read the rest of this entry »