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Archive for October 2010

Is Facebook the ONLY Social Network?

On some days, you might really think that’s the case. Some say that plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. There’s no real plagiarism here, but check out some of these other ways to get social:

Go ahead. Check some of these alternatives to Facebook out.

You’ve Seen Twitter – But have You Seen ???

Here some sharing sites that perhaps you haven’t come across yet. Which of these are your new favorite?

Emoticons – They’ve Been Around A Long Time!

Emoticons Date Back To The 1400’s

You’ve seen these emoticons :-)  They indicate when you’re happy or sad :-(

I bet you didn’t know that Medieval manuscripts in the 1400’s used hand drawn figures and faces to highlight certain lines of text and cue emotional responses. In 1881, Puck Magazine, the American humor periodical unveiled proto-emoticons.

In 1953 the advertisment for the movie “Lili”, in the New York Herald Tribune read “Today you’ll laugh :-) you’ll cry :-( you’ll love <3 Lili”.

Readers Digest featured a story showing emoticons being used in personal correspondence. And how can we forget that yellow smiley face sticker form the early 1970’s?

The first Internet emoticon was in a post  on the Carnegie Mellon message board on Sept. 19th. “From” Scott E Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c> I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers: :-) Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this use :-(“.

CSS versus Tables For Layout

A common problem with table based layout is broken tables. By this, I mean that the table is missing a closing </td> data cell, or </tr> table row tag. The layout might present OK on the screen… Until you add one more piece of data. Then the entire layout self destructs in front of you. I’ve had several sites that I’ve agreed to do on-page SEO work on. The net result was that it took more than twice as long as it should have. I’m no stranger to tables – I’ve been building table based layout since 1995.

Industry Best Practice today calls for the separation of “Content”, “Presentation”, and “Behavior”. This is accomplished by utilizing HTML to label content, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control the look and feel of the site, and Javascript to control client side behavior. Here are some concrete reasons behind this separation of duties.

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