Archive for “Coding & Markup”

The following entries were made in the “Coding & Markup” category.

Built like a House

Posted May 5th, 2006 by Mike Cherim

I was explaining web standards, compliant mark-up, and web accessibility to my wife. I used a “house” analogy. Not “House MD” like the television show (which is very good by the way), but like the structure some people live in. I equated a house to a website. I told my wife some sites can look great on the outside yet be very poorly built on the inside. The outer walls can be nothing more than a thin veneer. A website can have a great looking design, yet it may be built of straw on the inside and not able to withstand the huffs and puffs of the big, bad wolf of technology. It’s hard to tell by just looking I explained.

Continue reading “Built like a House” »

Experiments at

Posted April 3rd, 2006 by Mike Cherim

What does a man with a half-dozen domains need most of all? If you said another domain, then you are right. I’ve owned the domain for quite some time, but finally I have decided to put it to use. But for what!? you may ask. One would think, knowing of all of my domains, that enough is enough. You’d be right, but I did it anyway. The purpose: Experimentation. Fun. Some play and some research!

Continue reading “Experiments at” »

IE 7: Is Your Site Ready?

Posted March 24th, 2006 by Mike Cherim

Internet Explorer 7 You may have heard about it. You may know it’s coming. Perhaps you’ve been playing around with beta versions 1 and 2. Some of your sites may be broken in it, perhaps not, but regardless of your situation, if you’re messing around with the IE Beta 2 version, what you see now is what the masses will see later so it seems.

Continue reading “IE 7: Is Your Site Ready?” »

C.H.U.B. - Comment Hyphenation Ugh Bug

Posted March 22nd, 2006 by Mike Cherim

<!--WTF-CHUB--> I recently encountered a bug on one of my sites that has to be the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. It was a major rendering issue on a single page — the main Showcase page at

Continue reading “C.H.U.B. - Comment Hyphenation Ugh Bug” »

The Alt and Accessibility

Posted February 11th, 2006 by Mike Cherim

The idea here is to provide that which is needed only to deliver the content in a smooth and natural way.

The proper use of the alt attribute is perhaps one of the most misused, misunderstood, and most debated attributes. I’m not going to set out and try to change that or anyone’s thinking, but luckily I have permission from the owner to give you my hopefully comprehensive views and opinion, and that’s what I want to do, at least as it pertains to the use of the alt attribute on an accessible website.

Continue reading “The Alt and Accessibility” »

Chicletification and Sloppy Code

Posted November 14th, 2005 by Mike Cherim

Just lately, after learning more about this blog promotion and “feed” stuff as I mentioned in a previous post, I have decided to put a little more effort into getting found by people who read blogs. After all, if more people come to this blog and read my stuff as a result, then that’s probably a good thing. It could lead to web design opportunities, all sorts of good stuff, right? So I took a half day and ventured forth on the web in hopes of being properly Chicletified. Here’s how it went…

Continue reading “Chicletification and Sloppy Code” »

A Link Curve

Posted June 8th, 2005 by Mike Cherim

This is pretty old so I wouldn’t put too much stock in it. It could be better.

I was thinking about list manipulation and I came up with a really simple way of building curves into a list — “S”-curves, “C”-shapes, or a simple sweep (see the example). The possibilities are endless. Anyway, here’s what I came up with, using inline-styles and a definition list for this example, the former because it was as it was easier in my blog:

Continue reading “A Link Curve” »

All Browsers Agree

Posted May 19th, 2005 by Mike Cherim

It’s well known that various browsing devices have their differences in the way CSSs are interpreted. It may seem that these differences are irreconcilable as well at times. Of the various differences the most annoying affects the positioning of various containers such as <divs> and <tables> on the pages. I’m not going to write about that, though. That’s not what this short article is about. Instead I want to mention something all of the browsers have in common, then explain the advantages of its exploitation.

Continue reading “All Browsers Agree” »

Do you Need a Splash Page?

Posted May 5th, 2005 by Mike Cherim

To splash to not to splash? That is the question. And do you really need another page between the visitor and the content they are requesting? For those who are reading this thinking what the hell is he babbling about this time?, let me clarify things a bit. Do keep reading. *The subject of this post may reveal why only 50% of your site’s visitors are actually checking out the site.

Continue reading “Do you Need a Splash Page?” »

Note: This is the end of the usable page. The image(s) below are preloaded for performance only.