Tuesday, May 19, 2009


In the book Fresher Styles for Web Designers: More Eye Candy from the Underground by Curt Cloninger I found a review of an interesting website Modernista! When you link to the current version of it from any other page on the web, the page from which you came appears behind the minimal Modernista! menu. It's wecome disclamer reads "You are viewing Modernista! through the eyes of the web. The menu on the left is our homepage. Everything behind it is beyond our control." As you scroll through the M! menu, notice that all its portfolio content is hosted on publicly available, "web 2.0" sites. Its print work is on Flickr, its video work is on Youtube, its web work is linked from del.icio.us, and recent news about the company is found at Google News. As you navigate to each of these subsites, the Modernista! menu continues to hover on the top left, uniting these disparate web locations under one logo.

This Week Terms And Definitions

Del.icio.us - a social bookmarking Web site that serves as a bookmarks manager for users, similar to a collection of favorite links. You can add bookmarks to your del.icio.us list, categorize the bookmarks, tag them and also share them with others. On some blogs the words "del.icio.us" may appear below a blog post as a hyperlink that readers can click to submit the post to their del.icio.us bookmarks.

Follower - on Twitter, blogs, and other social media sites, a follower is someone who subscribes to receives your updates.

Social media - a term used to describe a variety of Web-based platforms, applications and technologies that enable people to socially interact with one another online. Some examples of social media sites and applications include Facebook, YouTube, Del.icio.us, Twitter, Digg, blogs and other sites that have content based on user participation and user-generated content (UGC).

Social networking site - abbreviated as SNS a social networking site is the phrase used to describe any Web site that enables users to create public profiles within that Web site and form relationships with other users of the same Web site who access their profile. Social networking sites can be used to describe community-based Web sites, online discussions forums, chatrooms and other social spaces online.

UGC - user-generated content, UGC is the term used to describe any form of content such as video, blogs, discussion form posts, digital images, audio files, and other forms of media that was created by consumers or end-users of an online system or service and is publically available to others consumers and end-users. User-generated content is also called consumer generated media (CGM).

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A New Step In Site Interactivity

When I first visited the site of Publicis & Hal Riney I was very surprised by the way it could be navigated. Besides the usual navigation by using a mouse you can navigate by using just your hands! (you need a web cam to do this) I felt like I'm in a movie about space ships or in some kind of James Bond high-tech labs. Unbeliveable! You don't even need to touch anything - just move your hands. Everybody should definetly visit this web site for some great user experience!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

This Week Terms And Definitions

A-List blogger - a term used to describe a group of elite bloggers who post daily on their blogs and receive a huge number of links back to the blog they write. The defining element of an A-List blogger is the size of the blog's readership (e.g. its traffic).

B-blog - short for business blog, a blog used by a business to promote itself.

Bliki - short for blog and wiki, bliki is a type of blog that can be edited by readers or an agreed upon group of collaborators, contributors and editors.

Digg - a community-based Web site where users submit content and rate that content by "Digging" what they see and like best. A submission that earns a larger number of Diggs, and therefore is more popular with users, is moved the Digg homepage for the category of content it belongs in. The Digg Web site was founded by Kevin Rose and launched in November 2004.

RSS is the acronym used to describe the de facto standard for the syndication of Web content. RSS is an XML-based format and while it can be used in different ways for content distribution, its most widespread usage is in distributing news headlines on the Web. A Web site that wants to allow other sites to publish some of its content creates an RSS document and registers the document with an RSS publisher. A user that can read RSS-distributed content can use the content on a different site. Syndicated content can include data such as news feeds, events listings, news stories, headlines, project updates, excerpts from discussion forums or even corporate information.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Web Accessibility

The original article "Introduction to Web Accessibility" http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/accessibility.php

Web accessibility encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the Web, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities. It is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with disabilities. An accessible Web can also help people with disabilities more actively participate in society.

Making a Web site accessible can be simple or complex, depending on many factors such as the type of content, the size and complexity of the site, and the development tools and environment.

Many accessibility features are easily implemented if they are planned from the beginning of Web site development or redesign.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

This Week Terms And Definitions

@ sign - pronounced at sign or simply as at, this symbol is used in e-mail addressing to separate the user’s name from the user’s domain name, both of which are necessary in order to transmit e-mails.

Child domain - Also called a sub domain , a domain that is part of a larger domain name in DNS hierarchy. DNS hierarchy consists of the root-level domain at the top, underneath which are the top-level domains, followed by second-level domains and finally subdomains.

Domain name registrant - the person, company or entity who owns or holds a domain name. When corporations and companies register a domain name, the registrant should be the company name (not an individual employee within the company) to ensure the business maintains ownership of the domain name.

Root server system - system of 13 file servers that are distributed around the globe and contain authoritative databases that form a master list of all top-level domain names (TLDs). There is one central, or "A", server that replicates changes to the other servers on a daily basis. Different organizations maintain the servers on the root server system. The U.S. government plays a role in maintaining about half of the servers.

TLD - short for top-level domain, and refers to the suffix attached to Internet domain names. There are a limited number of predefined suffixes, and each one represent a top-level domain. Current top-level domains include:
• com - commercial businesses; this is the most common TLD
• gov - U.S. government agencies
• edu - Educational institutions such as universities
• org - Organizations (mostly nonprofit)
• mil - Military
• net - Network organizations
• ca - Canada
• th - Thailand

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Little Efforts Can Make A Big Difference

The original article Seeking to End World Hunger, One Search at a Time by Jenna Wortham

The trio of students built Hoongle.org, a custom Google search engine that promises to donate 20 grains of rice per search to schools in the developing world. To date, they raised about $1,500, enough for about 6,000 meals.