Archive for May, 2006

DOM structure visualized

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Web pages are written in HTML. HTML consists of tags, arranged in a hierarchy. Therefore, they can be represented in a graph. Aharef shows a few examples of these graphs of well know sites.
This is what my blog’s DOM structure looks like.

Very pretty. You can do your own with Aharef’s visualizer applet.

Creating a colour scheme

Monday, May 29th, 2006

Natalie Jost writes about an interesting way to come up with a colour scheme.
The exercise is

Find a picture you like
Pixellate it in Photoshop
Pick out the main colours

And hey presto, there’s your palette

Classics for people with no time

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

30 second versions of classic movies re-enacted by bunnies.

Universal capture - 3D video

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Well spiffy. Record a scene from different perspective to create a 3D video. And much more.

Ever wondered how accessible your site is?

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

The peeps over at have written a very useful checklist to score your site for accessibility. One of the people who grades sites using the checklist has written some more explanation on it, too.
I think not all of the points in the checklist are strictly accessibility, some are more whether you have a Good […]

Skip links: hidden or visible

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

The designer versus usability practitioner argument.
The conclusion is that to be really useful, they really have to be visible.
It’s not beyond the capabilities of a good designer to incorporate visible skip links that meet the user’s intentions and expectations, whilst not detracting from the design; it just demands creativity and an open mind.

A good accessibility statement

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

How to write a good one?
Most accessibility statements are too technical, and don’t necessarily address the needs of the visitor. Those that do address the needs of visitors often have the information lost in a myriad of other information. This is unlikely to be understood by the average visitor to the website.
So, what should and […]