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Jeremy Keith’s latest article is something that anyone reading this will realise I liked, especially the bit I’ve bolded in this quote.

Luke has famously advocated a mobile first approach to web development, which is a great way of focusing on what’s most important to deliver to the user. But don’t take it too literally. In some ways it would be equally viable to try out “print-stylesheet first” or any other “non-desktop environment first” strategy. The key point is that you’re thinking about the content first and foremost:

I think the only reasons not to have your print stylesheet be your main stylesheet (on a text heavy site) are finding stuff & adverts. For example here’s a recent article on The Walrus about Nucleon Plants1 and here’s the print version. For just reading the article the print version is better in every way, no pagination, no adverts2, no comments & no UI cruft. The only thing that sucks is finding other stuff on the site from that view

That’s why I’ve done the next thing/last thing/search box on this version of the site. Not perfect but a decent step & I expect most readers would be coming from RSS or Google, so probably don’t care about the rest of the site. But I should probably rip off the hand picked top articles from

1 “Miss work? But my life would be nothing without the nucleon plant.”
2 Walrus is a non-profit so it would be polite to look at their ads

New Designs

Web Design

As you’ll see, outside of RSS, the site has a slight change. And I didn’t mention there’s a new And a nice work site that has a few cool bits of html/css

Dots in class names, a useful css note

Web Design

I’ve never put a . in a class name before, but need to for a current job, just found out that this works


<span class="">span</span>


span.class\.name { /* styling */ }


Web Design

Just upgraded the site to WordPress 3. A few cool things:

  • I’ve installed the WP-DBManager plugin, very usefully sends .zipped backups of your Database when you want.
  • And added WP Super Cache on the off chance I get fireballed
  • Best of all, I’ve simplified the design with v3 of my blog theme. The old version was much too busy.
  • This includes integrating every tweet I’ve ever done on every single pixel.

edit: damn, I’ve now tweeted so that joke no longer makes sense

He’s a miracle, Saviour of the universe, King of the impossible – Cash Gordon

Internet, Moans, Web Design

Any number of things are wrong with the tory’s comically bad attempts to smear Gordon Brown, here’s a list:

The internet is great