I haven’t written in a while. Mainly because I didn’t have much to write about, or was just too lazy to do it. So to anyone interested, here are a few bits that have happened to me lately.
I’m done with my 3rd year in faculty. Well, sort of. I still have to collect a few signatures (oh the paper work …). And there’s this little piece of an album I have to do for photography class.
What have I learned this year? Besides the usual, “learn and forget” stuff, two classes stood out:
- Photography - mostly for reviving this old hobby of mine. I couldn’t say I learned much in the class, but it was a good enough reason to buy my first digital camera and go out and shoot. So to anyone who hasn’t seen it, I’m proud to present my photostream. And if you’d like to see me in action, here’s a 5 am shot :).
- Typography - For a while now, I’ve wanted to devote some time to the art of type. So this class came in quite handy. For a change, the lectures were great, thanks to Klementina Možina, who introduced typography to us students. But I guess I still have much to learn and have to change a few of my writing habits in order to claim “I can do typography”.
While talking faculty, I am also being exhibited throughout the summer, along with a few colleagues at the typography class. The works being shown are my study calendar and the corporate identity for Fora d. o. o.. So if you find yourself in a big purple building, see my works in the 2nd or 3rd floor (not sure where exactly). Here’s my version of the invitation poster, which was sadly too poor to be exhibited. Come to think of it, I have another version, which I’m not too ashamed to show here.
For those who’ve seen my post Introducing web accessibility, let me point out that the 2nd, more technical part has been published as well. The first part has gotten a lot of feedback - from the “I don’t wanna do it, it takes time and brings no money”, to the “Hey thanks, this is what we all needed”. Strangely enough, the second part has gotten almost no feedback. Maybe not provocative enough? Should I take is as a good thing, that no one has anything to complain about it?
And what’s new on the www scene? Let’s see that in an unordered list …
- Some influential British people started laying out a standard for accessibility. Hooray for that. I wonder how many referendums we would need to get that in Slovenia …
- Opera presented a Web Standards Curriculum, a series of articles to help beginners as well as more experienced developers to understand HTML better. I only skimmed trough the articles, but didn’t fully agree with them in some aspects. In short - I don’t fully agree with strict doctype being the only rational choice, not until we get an alternative to target=”_blank”. And yes, I know you and me don’t need it, but I can assure you that my aunt needs it, as not to lose that page she was reading. Nevertheless I do recommend reading these articles.
- It’s still too early to use the modern web technologies, like css 3, alpha transparency in png files, svg, …, since a bunch of people are still using the 7-year old IE6.
- Firefox, Opera and Safari are coming along quite nicely in delivering fine browsers. Seems like the competition is doing us all a great favor.
To finish of, I’d just like to link to a blog I’ve found recently (but has been running for a while). It’s the Photoshop disasters blog. It’s quite fun to read but also teaches you about some common mistakes you should be aware of when photoshopping.
A bunch of irrelevant thoughts thrown into one post. It’s just my way of saying “don’t blog about every stupid thing that happens in your life”. Blog about five of them together ;)