Ethan Marcotte now blogs at Unstoppable Robot Ninja.



Yours truly has an article in issue #233 of A List Apart. Yours truly is freaking the hell out.

An Ethan Apart

One has been asked to speak at An Event Apart, Boston. One has not yet stopped doing victory laps around one’s apartment.

Reminder: Get NEWD tonight

Come one, come all. Boston-area web geeks, young and old. Or something.

Time to get NEWD: August 4th

Pants optional, DOCTYPEs mandatory. (And yes, it’s far too early for me to be funny.)

Coming Soon: Bulletproof Web Design

Dan Cederholm wrote a new book. I was the tech editor. That niggling little detail notwithstanding, it remains a very fine book.

Performance + validation = hotness

Update: Ethan sees a presentation by Safari’s product manager. Ethan then promptly blogs about something unverified and likely untrue. Ethan would also like to buy the Brooklyn Bridge, if you’re still selling it.

Tagging out

After much deliberation, I’ve decided to leave the Web Standards Project.

Adobe acquires Macromedia, Ethan weeps openly for SVG

Adobe and Macromedia have merged. Welcome to the world of the ├╝bercorp! Everything is shiny and doubleplusnew…we simply ask that you leave your open graphics format at the door. Many thanks, citizen.

Speaking at MIT

Not looking forward to another teary-eyed evening watching Hee-Haw reruns over a package of Ho-Hos? Well, not that it’s an improvement, but I’m speaking at MIT tonight.

IE5/Mac mattered

Macintosh IE5 users, it’s time. It’s been fun. Really.

Web Design World presentation online

I am the emperor of tardy. But hey, it’s finally posted.

Go go gadget ethnocentricity

So, I’m curious: do any of the three of you have any practical experience in which separating style from structure paid off in the internationalization arena?

I heart lightweight markup

Score a rather dubious point for web standards and SEO lovin’.

I hate tables

…or perhaps, they hate me. Though at least, I’ve figured my problem out.

Boston geeks’ get-together, redux

If you’re in Boston this Thursday night at 7PM, meet up with Dan and I at the Cassava Lounge.

Browse Happy

Because you know you want to.

Boba in Boston

What follows is deeply rooted in my tradition of posting hours, if not days, after I’d initially intended to do so.

Reminder: Beantown geek-out

We meet tonight. 7.00PM at Cassava Lounge, 1076 Boylston Street in Boston.

Beantown geeks

Calling all Boston-area CSS junkies, web designers, and otherwise geek-esque individuals.

Flying car markup

As a web developer/designer/something, I consider myself a creature of habit first, a creature of requirement second.

Blowing off steam

Validate this.

Sexily styling horizontal rules

A CSS debug session with Monsieur Orchard. Now with new Gecko bugs!

Box model hack, redux?

Is this an acceptable, W3C-friendly alternative to Tantek’s voice-family hack? Or, more likely, am I just a raving loon?

Better living through standards

I still rather fancy myself a golden, fiery god. Or not.

The W3C steps into the Eolas fray

Tim Berners-Lee just fired off a letter to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, asking its director to invalidate the Eolas patent.

All about the BUZZ

I’ve just become one of the newest members of the Web Standards Project. Once I stop hyperventilating, I’ll be ready to get to work.

Note to self

Three things every good presentation on web standards should include.

By logical extension

Just how far should we remove presentation from content?

The Eolas matter

An open letter to Mike Doyle: bite me. Thank you.

Late-night housekeeping

Mozilla’s fixed, my apartment isn’t.

Does Mozilla heart CSS?

Is there a standards-based redesign of the site on the horizon?

Recent Mozilla CSS bug

Recent Mozilla builds are choking on some of the new background-image replacement techniques. If you’re like me and can’t hack Mozilla to save your life, vote for bug #220266.

CSS only mostly stupid.

I think I found a workaround for Matt Haughey’s CSS woes. What’s it look like to you?

A dialogue list

Honestly, I’ve no idea.

Is the Buzz still worth it?

This was a long one, but I had some serious questions I wanted to raise. Hope you can help me out.

I want to believe.

I know I’m raising my freak flag even higher here, but I’m excited to be part of the "X-Philes".

Cross-browser rich text editor.

Go on, add an image. Saucy, no?

The When, Why, and How of CSS hacking.

Why test on the least standards-compliant browser available? The game’s changed, and so have the rules.

DMXZone gets its Zen on

A new interview with Dave Shea has been posted at the DMXZone. A worthy read, for one and all.

Better background-image replacement.

Filed under the "I Will Steal This Often" category.

Mo’ mezzo, less blue.

Mad ups to Dave Shea for going all-CSS, all-structural XHTML over at Not-so-mad ups to me for saying "mad ups"., redux.

I’ve published a proof-of-concept version of the Harvard University homepage, using nothing but standards-compliant XHTML and CSS. Mo’ betta, mo’ standards. it’s not about looking ahead. only allows access to one browser, and on one platform: are you up to their standards?

Death of Netscape, continued.

Understandably, there’s been flurry of postings on the web in the past 12 or so hours on the Mozilla Foundation-cum-Netscape dismantling.

More browser wars…?

Peter-Paul Koch has written an excellent (albeit lengthy) state of the browser union.

Givin’ a talk at Harvard.

On 24 July, I’ll be giving a talk at the monthly ABCD-WWW meeting here at Harvard on standards-based web design. I just got the confirmation, and I’m all sortsa excited.

WaSP on Internet Explorer, redux.

The WaSP (finally) publishes its position on the recent Internet Explorer hubbub, and your faithful author achieves some measure of peace on the matter. Plus, he desperately needs coffee…but you already knew that.

Speak, and receive thy answer.

The Web Standards Project speaks out about the recent Internet Explorer headlines.

Such an impulse buyer

I’m such a bad man…

"DASIE, DASIE, give me your browser, do…"

Get your WaSP on.

They hit me back first.

Dave Winer mad. Dave Winer smash.

Weep for humanity.

Zeldman asks Dave Winer to consider standards-compliant markup. Dave Winer asks Zeldman to consider a long walk off a short pier.

Life gets so weird, art doesn’t want to imitate it.

In which the author discovers that multi-threading does not work well in the human world.

Code, delete, repeat.

In which the author learns a thing or three, and is very glad he did.

Why the web is good.

In which the author bites his thumb at the W3C.

Speaking of Opera…

Håkon Wium Lie is a pretty smart man. Yours truly, however, is not. Still, we disagree with a few of his points…

Elsewhere redesigns, and is all sorts of standards-compliant. Microsoft gaffes, and yours truly snaffs.