August 2008

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Please do your bit at your home for peace.

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Bulletproof Web DesignWhen I bought that book I didn’t know it was going to be so good. In less than 300 pages, Dan Cederholm shows you how to build bulletproof websites by replacing old-style (tables, spacer gifs and so) messy code with clean and meaningful XHTML and CSS. Bulletproof means flexible design and content easily readable by any device, including assistants for visually impaired people.

It’s not a book for newbies nor a CSS reference, but if you already know the basics and want to get some advanced skills, that’s your book. Each chapter starts with an unbulletproof approach to do something, explaining why it’s not bulletproof, and then a bunch of ways to accomplish the same design using bulletproof approaches, explaining their pros and cons and why are them bulletproof.

In eight chapters you can learn how to design and implement flexible text, scalable navigation, expandable rows, creative floating, indestructible boxes, meaningful structure without CSS or images, stylish tables, fluid and elastic layouts, and sum it all up in a final master chapter. Dan also gives useful references to online articles for further reading.

What I’ve personally learned is that you don’t need a lot of markup to create really good-looking designs. Forget about tons of divs and spans and start styling your pages like the pros!

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These days I’m continously hearing complaints about lack of privacy on the Internet due to social networks, collaborative bookmarking, mail scanning and more.

People are often afraid of putting their sensitive data online because they don’t trust the sites’ policies. They might think these hosting companies are going to sell their data to the spammers, track their web searches, and run to their homes to arrest them.

Well, I don’t have any problem at all with publishing my bookmarks online, sharing what I’m doing with my friends on the social networks or, why not, speaking my mind on this blog, because I don’t want to hide all that, I would love everybody interested to read it and be happy. Of course, if I had something to hide, the last place where I would put it is a social network or any other public site on the Internet: I’d encrypt it in a piece of paper, or better, in my brain.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments… if you don’t worry about being indexed by Google! ;-)

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