Who are the international standardistas

I’m in Bangalore, India this week for a Yahoo! front-end engineering conference. It’s great to get out of the U.S. to visit with developers from other countries. Each of us bring a unique perspective, cultural background, appreciation of colors/design, icons, etc. At the beginning of the year, I predicted a new bunch of standardistas and cutting-edge programmers would be coming from areas outside of Europe, US, and Australia.

So, here’s my request. What pages do you routinely visit for web design ideas, design, programming content, etc that are not among the same 20 euro/US-centric blog lists? Leave your favorites in the comments section and we can all begin expanding our horizons.

Is Akismet losing it’s spam filtering power?

Are you seeing a massive increase in comment spam recently? Akismet, the spam filtering plugin for WordPress, has been the savior of bloggers since its release. However, it seems like the spammers have figured a way around the plugin. I’ve seen the number of comment spam that gets by the filter increase from one a week to a dozen a day.

Luckily, the cure is easy. If you are having a problem with comment spam, simply upgrade your version of Akismet. I’m now on version 2.0.2 and the comment spam is gone to the bad place it belongs.

Web Accessibility Toolbar for Opera

Hot off the presses. Download the Web Accessibility Toolbar for Opera if you are an Opera user or develop for Opera as a supported browser.

The Web Accessibility Toolbar has been developed to aid manual examination of web pages for a variety of aspects of accessibility. It consists of a range of functions that:

  • identify components of a web page
  • facilitate the use of 3rd party online applications
  • provide links to references and additional resources.

The Paciello Group

Looping and Reg Exp helpful links

I’ve been dragged into the world of command-line processing and Unix. Arrggh. These links have been helpful for me over the past couple weeks. The first is a new post by Christian Heilmann on looping.

Goodbye Amazon Badge

I have been neglecting this site’s coding for too long. I was shocked this morning to find a ton of gibberish in the edit css window in Firefox/Web Dev Toolbar. I was able to track it down to a huge mangled mess of JavaScript coming from an Amazon.com badge. I first installed the badge while reviewing a book.
Here’s a brief snippet of the junk code:

<script src="function%20%28iterator%29%20%7B%0A%20%20%...
20%7D%0A%20%20%20%20%7D%0A%7D"
type="text/javascript"></script>

<script src="function%20%28iterator%29%20%7B%0A%20%20%...
%7D%7D%29;%0A%20%20%20%20return%20result;%0A%7D"
type="text/javascript"></script>

<script src="function%20%28iterator%29%20%7B%0A%20%...
%0A%20%20%20%20return%20result;%0A%7D"
type="text/javascript"></script>

<script src="function%20%28iterator%29%20%7B%0A%20%20%...
29;%7D%29;%0A%20%20%20%20return%20results;%0A%7D"
type="text/javascript"></script>

<script src="function%20%28iterator%29%20%7B...
%20%20%20%20return%20result;%0A%7D"
type="text/javascript"></script>

<script src="function%20%28iterator%29%20%7B%...
%0A%20%20%20%20return%20results;%0A%7D"
type="text/javascript"></script>

It’s pretty ugly stuff. This is only about 10% of the code inserted into the pages. Hopefully it’s just a small bug on the Amazon badge service that is sending the encoded scripts. Regardless, it’s pretty nasty to import over 40 script tags with a complete library of Amazon js files. Check your site’s generated code if you are using Amazon’s associate program. You too may have this junk.