Knowledge on the Web: March 2010 Archives

The Web is ruled by Geeks

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How many times have we seen Star Wars used to help us learn about the Web?

There's the mnemonic to help us remember the proper order of CSS states of a link:

a:link {}
a:visited {}
a:hover {}
a:active {}

L,V,H,A or 'Lord Vader Had been Anakin'. (Or to include the :focus, it's: 'Lord Vader's Former Handle, Anakin' attributed to Andrew Krespanis)

And there's the brilliant way to explain specificity numbers with Stormtroopers and Emperors:


Designers who can't code

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With all the old 'architects don't need to know how to do the plumbing' arguements. True, but they better know how a person sits on a toilet or their designs aren't going to work.

To restate my position, as a web builder, I don't care if the designer handing me a .psd knows about the double margin float bug. What I do care about is that they know not to shove tiny lorem ipsum into a fixed height layout. They must understand what happens when the browser, content or font size scales, and design for it. 

All to often design decisions have to be made after the comp is approved. When it's a developer making those decisions, the designer has failed. 

If I have to ask whether a design will be centered in the browser, or what happens when the copywriter gives me a headline with more than two words, their failure has nothing to do with ignorance of CSS.

Designing with lorem ipsum in Photoshop is a flawed process, and it's beyond that the designer doesn't know CSS, it all to often shows the designer has a weak knowledge of the medium itself.

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