Bigger, Faster, Stronger

Fueled by a Black Milk Tea from the Formosa Tea House and a House Burger from Cedar’s, my other project for today was to take this website and teleport it into the present era of web standards. To be honest, I have all but ignored Cascading Style Sheets until now: I’m a content and applications guy, and while I appreciate and try to practise Good Design, I’ve never been one of those webheads to enter into protracted discussions of the minutae of browsers and browser technologies.

But you cannot stay mired in the past forever, and, in part inspired by Scoble’s recent efforts in this regard, today I renovated the site to conform with these modernistic standards. It remains a work in progress, but much of the site has turned over this new leaf.

One byproduct of all this is that the site may cause early web browsers to catch on fire, kill your dog, or cause your roof to leak. You have been warned. The solution? Upgrade your browser to one released in this century. It’s easy, quick, and your life will improve dramatically.

Along with the invisible changes behind the scenes, I used the opportunity to make some aesthetic changes to the site: the body text, by default, is bigger, and the stuff that used to live along the right side of the page has been either eliminated or moved down and to the left. My eyes are getting older (as are the eyes of my readers, presumably), so this is a welcome change.

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Alan's picture
Alan on October 13, 2002 - 13:56

As I read and rant here usually as the caffine is still seeping into my brain, the bigger font is appreciated. Learning now that such things are of interest to web designers, my Opera 5.12 browser responds well to your new design. It does not squeeze to fill the space — a function about which I am still up on the air — but as you have the 75% white reading and writing space, simple scrolling fits it all nicely.

Can you add a “web radio stations I like” spot as I agree with most of your choices and then forget to write them down.

hannah's picture
hannah on October 15, 2002 - 13:20

the federal government IT procurement department believe that Netscape 4.1 is the height of modern browser availability. Consequently your website currently looks like it was designed by my 11 year old. But I have faith…

Johnny's picture
Johnny on October 16, 2002 - 16:22

I miss the new posts showing up in red. Your fans (well, me anyways) are demanding that you return this feature.

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on October 16, 2002 - 20:56

Your mother has asked for the same re-reddening, and I will do it soon.

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