Monthly Archives: January 2006

Books I read this month

Here are the books I read this month, comming from the University Librairies,

  • Les sites Web : conception, description et évaluation[Stockinger Peter]
  • The Art & Science of Web Design [Jeffrey Veen]
  • Usability for the Web [Tom Brinck, Darren Gergle, Scott Wood]
  • Big Book of Typographics 1 and 2 [B. Duncan, Roger Walton ]
  • Penser le WebDesign [Benoît Drouillat, Nicole Pignier]
  • Design and Management of Multimedia Information Systems [Syed Mahbubur Rahman]
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    Target Resolution Safe Area

    Here’s a little table that I take from the book “Usability for the Web“(designing web sites that work).

    Target Platform
    Space Used by the Browser
    Target : 640 x 480
    Target: 800 x 600
    Target: 1024 x 768
    PC        
    Internet Explorer
    43 x 160
    597 x 320
    757 x 440
    981 x 608
    Netscape
    46 x 125
    594 x 395
    754 x 475
    978 x 643
    MAC
    Internet Explorer
    53 x 152
    587 x 328
    747 x 448
    971 x 616
    Netscape
    44 x 130
    596 x 350
    756 x 470
    980 x 638

    That table lead us to a minumun standard :

    Target Platform
    Target: 640 x 480
    Target: 800 x 600
    Target: 1024 x 768
    ALL
    587 x 320
    747 x 440
    971 x 608

    Now you just have to decide if you build your site for the 640 x 480, 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768 resolution. The resolution you choose must be choosen from the user you want to touch. Like if you do web composant (meanning that your user are mostly designer) you can go for a 1280 x 1024. In the other hand if you do a website for ranch tools(meaning that your user may have the same monitor for years) you should go for a smaller resolution like 800 x 600 or even 640 x 480.

     
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    My First Night With Premiere Pro 2.0

    Well Adobe did a nice work with this version #2, the interface is clearer, lot more of new video and audio effect, and there is no problematic change for a #1.5 user.
    In the Audio I did noticed no difference (?), but Adobe have also realease Audition 2.0, which I will inspect as soon as possible. There is also a usefull link with the after effect composition.
    Export to flv
    The big thing is that we can now export directly to Macromedia Flash Video(.flv). With all the parameter from the Macromedia Flash 8 Video Encoder, and then send it by the “in- it” ftp app.
    The “hik” is that we can’t add cue point … Or I didn’t found it yet

     
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    Web users judge sites in the blink of an eye

    “Unless the first impression is favourable, visitors will be out of your site before they even know that you might be offering more than your competitors,” [Lindgaard]

    Here a nice publication informing that potential readers can make snap decision in just 50 milliseconds and the first impression last. It’s also well known that the crucial time is 6 sec before the potential reader make his choice about staying or not. Seems that the amount of graphics must be stricly limited.

    “These days, enlightened web users want to see a “puritan” approach” [Caudron]

    Read this news from nature.com

     
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    What we saw when we looked Through their Eyes

    I’ve found a nice article about the eye attention on a webpage. It talk about:

  • The hompe page layout
  • Want people to read, not scan ?
  • Partial viewing of headlines
  • What creates “hot spots”
  • Where’s your navigation?
  • What about article layout
  • Advertising
  • Text for facts, multimedia grpahics for unfamiliar concpets
  • Read this article

     
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    My powerbook HD crashed

    Powerbook
    I just had the joy to open my powerbook, to change my HD. This is the first time I’ve opened my powerbook and everythings went well. So now I’m back to work (exams time)!
    By the ways I used this tutorials to change a hard drive in a powerbook. It’s in french but well understandable.
    I also learned some shortcuts for the mac use.

  • Stay 20 sec on the reset button will reset the mainboard
  • Press C at the begining and it will diretly boot to the CD/DVD
  • Press cmd left & right with S will bring you to the Unix mode where you can make an “fcsk -y” (a sort of check disc)
  • If you got trouble with your mac you also want to see the macos.com website which has a huge base of article and forum related.

     
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    Adobe 2006 Design Achievement Awards

    Don’t know if u heard about it, the ADAA is open and we have until April 28, 2006 to submit our works.
    The official rules are :

    The contest is open to students enrolled in visual arts programs at accredited institutions of higher education in the 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Canada, the U.K., Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, and Switzerland. Projects must be created primarily with Adobe software.

    In the product information they don’t speak about Flash but they do speak about Adobe software, so I guess the use of Flash is possible ?
    Official website of ADAA 2006

     
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    Logical notation

    Just to remember, here are the most used notation in logical writting (mostly used for integrity rules definition).

  • ε : belongs
  • ⊆ : is include in
  • ∪ : union
  • ∩ : intersection
  • – : is different
  • ∅ : is empty
  • ∧ : and
  • ∨ : or
  • ¬ : is not
  • ∀ : for all
  • ∃ : it exist
  • ≡ : strickly egal to
  • × : cartesian product
  • |: such as
  • {} : ensemble
  • ⇒ : imply
  • I hope it help.

     
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    Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes

    On useit.com I found a nice topics about the Top Ten Design Mistakes for Weblogs :

  • 1. No Author Biographies
  • 2. No Author Photo
  • 3. Nondescript Posting Titles
  • 4. Links Don’t Say Where They Go
  • 5. Classic Hits are Buried
  • 6. The Calendar is the Only Navigation
  • 7. Irregular Publishing Frequency
  • 8. Mixing Topics
  • 9. Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss
  • 10. Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service
  • It seems that I have some works to enhance my blog!
    Read the full article from Jakob Nielsen

     
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    Missing snow ?

    This is not one more flash snow animation, but if you miss snow watch this video, you will have more than enough 😉

     
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    Debugging XML files in Flash

    In Flash when a XML class is loaded it has a status property which return a value between 0 and -10.
    Here are the values of those error.

  • 0 = No error
  • -2 = Character data (CDATA) not well terminated
  • -3 = XML declaration not well terminated
  • -4 = DOCTYPE not well terminated
  • -5 = A comment not well terminated
  • -6 = XML element malformed
  • -7 = Application out of memory
  • -8 = Attribute value not well terminated
  • -9 = Start tag did not matched an end tag
  • -10 = End tag without a start tag
  • Founded in the Book of Sas Jacobs.

     
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