Archives by Month: December 2004

December 9, 2004

The difference between the alt and title attributes

456 Berea Street provides a good summary of the difference between the alt and title attributes

Alt text is not meant to be used as a tool tip, or more specifically, to provide additional information about an image. The title attribute, on the other hand, is meant to provide additional information about an element. That information is displayed as a tooltip by most graphical browsers, though manufacturers are free to render title text in other ways.

Filed in Usability | Permanent Link

December 3, 2004

Bridging the gap between User and Business Goals

Keith Robinson expands on his ideas about bridging the gap between User and Business Goals in a new article over at Digital Web.

Once you’ve altered your process to help align business and user goals, look for ways to show the value of your efforts in business terms. You can start slowly by holding a postmortem with your client and/or stakeholders to discuss how the project went. Gather success stories that show how user-centered design actually helps meet business goals and go out there and evangelize those to the people who count.

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Best Software Essays of 2004

Joel Spolsky is editing a new book: a collection of the best software essays published anywhere - on the web or in print - during 2004. Nominations are now closed, but the list will make for great Christmas reading.

Filed in Miscellaneous | Permanent Link

December 2, 2004

Work in Progress

I'm making some changes to the website today, so some things might be broken.

Please check back later if things do not work as they should.

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Creative Design in New Zealand

Microsoft today announced that New Zealand-based Ambient Design Ltd, creator of ArtRage, is the $100,000 grand prize winner of the Microsoft(R) Tablet PC Does Your Application Think in Ink? contest, a competition challenging developers to utilize the Windows(R) XP Tablet PC Edition Software Developer Kit (SDK) 1.7 to create new applications or ink-enable existing Windows XP-based applications.

Read the full press release.

Congratulations guys!

Filed in New Zealand | Permanent Link