Jason Santa Maria | Grey Box Methodology

Article: Jason Santa Maria | Grey Box Methodology

Great article on the methodology of designing a web site. You start with pen and paper freeing yourself of technology to create a design. Next you move on to Illustrator using the ‘Gray Box Methodology”. This step allows you to create a perfect functional layout without worrying about which font works best or which color to use. You have a simply grayscale layout to look at. Then you finally move on to implementing the CSS / XHTML / FLASH / PHOTOSHOP graphics and coding at the end to produce exactly what you want without the distractions. Read the full article.

Audible.com – Digital Audio Books

Was about my business tonight surfing and found a link to Audible.com — an Online Store for Digital Audio Books. Quite an amazing online business and very well run. Their offer (free month subscription and one free audiobook) caught my attention and I signed up. Within 10 minutes of signing up I recieved my free audiobook of my choice, The Face by Dean Koontz. You have the option to select from 4 different audio qualities to download, plus the option to stream. It took me all of 5 minutes to download the first half of the book (128 MB) at highest quality and is now transferring to my iPod. Quite impressed. Now I can finally get all the audiobooks I want on my iPod.

CSS, XHTML, W3C – Getting Started

If you’ve been doing web design for the past few years and just recently learned about web standards, welcome. Let’s get started.

  • What’s CSS
  • W3C Validation
  • Get Started!

What’s CSS?
What happens when you say to someone, ‘I do web development’? Their answer is, “Yeah, I learned that h… t… m… l…. once.” Well good for them, they know how to make tables… with frontpage. Why am I telling you this? Well because people think that HTML is the design language of them web. Wrong. CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets that allows an xhtml page of content to be formatted. CSS is the design language of the web, while HTML or XHTML is the content language of the web.

What is XHTML? What is the difference between HTML and XHTML. Web browsers allow web developers to write sloppy html. Just like the english language, HTML has grammar. When HTML is written sloppilly, the browser tries to figure out what the writer was trying to say, and then guesses. Each browser has a different guess which makes the exact same page show up different in each browser. XHTML compliant pages use grammatically correct HTML.

More questions about XHTML? Check out w3.org.

W3C Validation
W3C validation is how XHTML checkts to see if it is strictly compliant. It’s just like taking your English paper to your teacher, and she tells you everything that is wrong with it and what to fix. By checking to make sure your page is W3C compliant, you have officially accepted web standards.

Get Started!
Start using web standards!
Here are some links to get started:

Why Choose CSS

Still debating the fact of whether or not CSS is worthwhile. CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets that allows an xhtml page of content to be formatted. An example you say? Check out www.cssvault.com.

Going from pure flash sites to pure CSS sites is quite an overhaul. Taken the fact that Flash is completely ‘on-the-fly’ versus the static nature of css, it will be hard to decide which is better. Conforming to universal standards is always a plus, such as the W3 standards of CSS.

Right now the main plus of CSS is fast, and I mean uber-fast content. Secondly, any browser can view the content. Thirdly, you can proclaim yourself a CSS God when finished (a few years back I claimed myself to be linux god as well…)

Well here goes my live test of CSS in the working world…