Dreamweaver Spry Accordion Widgets

Spry widgets were introduced in Dreamweaver in version CS3.

Source Order and Mobile Users

One of the most important and least noticed facts about CSS layouts for sites meant for mobile users relates to source order. The elements of a web page—header, main content, sidebar, footer, and other such divisions—can be written in the the HTML in any order and laid out anywhere on the page using CSS. This means the main content div can be first in the HTML source in many layouts.

For mobile users who may be viewing a page without the help of CSS, seeing the main content first in the can save considerable time and many clicks to get to the relevant part of a page. If you look at this page with CSS turned off, you will note that the links at the top of the page are first in the source order. One of my goals in adapting this page for mobile users would be to either 1) use CSS to put the links last in the source order while still displaying them on the page under the title graphic, or 2) put a skip navigation link at the beginning of the list of links that would let a mobile user jump right to the first blog entry.

Live Bloggers in the Media Room

At last night's PBS All-American Presidential Forums at Howard University, there were bloggers seated in the media room. Live blogging right beside the "real" journalists. This represents a major change in business as usual in my opinion.

I haven't spoken about the merits of the different candiates web sites in a while, although I've maintained an interest in how each candidate is using the web to his or her advantage (or disadvantage). In a recent post, Birdie Jaworski offered up an opinion as to the effectiveness of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's efforts in the Web 2.0 world.

Note Takers with Art Supplies

I noticed a few folks with sketch books and watercolors rather than computers at SXSW's Interactive Conference this year. Just recently I discovered a sketch one such conference goer made at the panel Stephanie Troeth and I gave.

sketch of Virginia and Steph

The sketch is from ngenworks photostream on Flickr, where there are bunches of other SXSW sketches, too. The artist make Steph look fabulous, as she should. He even did a good job on me, except for the George Bush ears. I wouldn't mind, except I hate being likened to George Bush in any way.

What happens if we try to insert a second accordion panel?

New label
New content
Another new label
Lots more new content