- Feeling validated
The W3C recently removed the ability to view the document outline (including heading structure) from its HTML validator. It turns out this useful feature is now available as a part of the little-known semantic data extractor tool, also from the W3C.
- NetBeans 5.5 has been released
Sun’s open source Java IDE gets better with every version, and this release includes major speed improvements, a preview of the NetBeans Visual Web Pack (basically Java Studio Creator bundled as a NetBeans plugin), and a lot more!
- Designing for Dyslexics: Part 2 of 3
Mel Pedley explains that the current WCAG recommendation does not take dyslexia into account in its treatment of contrast. Consequently, she recommends offering a style sheet with non-compliant contrast ratios to increase your site’s accessibility.
- Firefox 2 vs IE 7
- GWT 1.2 Release Candidate – with Mac OS X support!
Google has delivered on its promise to support Mac OS X as a development platform for Google Web Toolkit (GWT) with this release candidate of GWT 1.2.
- Framework 2.0
The hype surrounding Ruby on Rails is fading, according to Google Trends. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but merely a recognition that Rails is “just another framework”, and that other frameworks are learning from the unique strengths of Rails.
- Drupal 5.0 beta 1
The first beta of a major update to the venerable PHP-based CMS, Drupal, is now ready for download and testing. The development team is looking for help not just from experienced users, but from new users to test the usability improvements.
- Microsoft Wants Speed Advantage With Open Source PHP
Microsoft is teaming up with Zend to improve the performance of PHP on the Internet Information Services (IIS) web server built into Windows.
- Coldfusion Studio 6 A Big Mistake or A Godsend
Some initial whisperings that Adobe may be working on an update to ColdFusion Studio to coincide with the release of ColdFusion 8.
- Search engine optimization (SEO) from black to white
Like most things, the ethics (and legalities) of search optimization are not a black-and-white affair. This is a fascinating description of the different shades of gray that exist today.
- Gmail mobile client is live
Google has launched a client for Gmail on mobile devices. Written in Java, the app is the first “official” client released by Google that isn’t web based. This makes me wonder why Google hasn’t released a desktop client app for Gmail.
- PHP and the FastCGI Module for IIS 7.0
This is worth reading just because it’s the General Manager of Microsoft’s Developer Division blogging about PHP. It’s also cool to see the new FastCGI module for IIS7 in action.
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