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.

Great job opening for senior web devs

posted: June 19, 2007

If you like to travel, work on many different projects, and make a difference to millions of web viewers… I’ve got the job opening for you.

Skills required

  • You’ve worked with web applications before
  • You are solid with HTML, CSS, Semantic Markup, and JavaScript
  • Knowledge of XML, XSL, PHP
  • Ability to work with people, strong communication, and passion about the web industry

This is an interesting job and you’ll certainly be challenged. The team is filled with brilliant programmers and are making an impact on the web.

Send resumes and sample web sites to me directly Ted@tdrake.net and I will pass them on to the right person. You can get more information and submit your resume here: Senior Front End Engineer, Yahoo! MediaSuite

Using Screen Magnifiers on the Web an Introduction Video

They Yahooo User Interface group has added another video to their accessibility library. This time Karo Caron and Victor Tsaran introduce the screen magnifier.

Screen Magnifiers assist people with limited vision by magnifying small portions of the screen. This causes new problems with “popup” dialog boxes, sliding components, and more. It’s especially important for User Interface and DHTML programmers to understand the impact of screen interactions.

Things I missed in the Silicon Valley

I’m leaving the Silicon Valley soon for the less-techy, less-paxilled neighborhoods of Paris. While I’m looking forward to the move, there are a few things I missed during my tenure in Sunnyvale. These are some of the things I wish I could have seen.
Old Faithful geyser of California

  1. A good old fashioned food poisoning at Google. Nothing too dangerous, just a good case of random explosive diarrhea to wipe the “we get free gourmet food” smile off their faces. I can imagine the perky blonde TV news reporter describe Googlers pooping all over their swimming pools, snack rooms, and massage chairs.
  2. A Perl vs. PHP knife fight like the one in West Side Story. The Ruby on Rails guys could sit on the side line and watch the battle as they reward their superiority
  3. Watching Oracle and Ebay employees argue at Starbucks about which company generates the most nightmares.
  4. Seeing my name in Valleywag, preferably tied to some naughty scandal with missing money, illicit photographs, and a red Ferrari.
  5. VC hawks battle on Hot or Not for a startup
  6. Hotshots from “the City” hanging out in San Jose because it’s cool
  7. An official “Dress Like Steve Jobs” day. Although this seems to be a daily ritual in some circles

Things I did get to see before leaving
Ted in Jail

  1. Google, Yahoo!, Sun, Adobe, Microsoft, IBM, and other shops getting together to make web sites more accessible.
  2. The best taco shop period: El Galope in East Palo Alto
  3. Del.icio.us and Digg founders one upping each other at a SIG
  4. Ask.com getting the biggest oohs and ahhs at an online maps SIG
  5. Older men with bald heads and pony tails on every corner
  6. Garlic Festival, Artichoke Festival, and the most flavorful: Folsom Street Fair
  7. The temperature dropped 30 degrees within 15 miles, driving southbound 1 towards the Golden Gate Bridge
  8. A geeky high-schooler dressed head to toe in valleyschwag looking mighty impressed with his insider self

Set up Dreamweaver to color code alternate file types

I’ve been stymied lately by Dreamweaver, my preferred coding program. I still hold onto this program because I know it’s key commands and color coding. However, I’ve been working in a new template system and the internal files have a new file extension.

I don’t know if it is a Yahoo! secret system, so let’s just call this new extension .ted. I like the way that sounds. So, how do I get this new .ted file to look like a .php file in Dreamweaver’s code view? I tried to find the information on the Macromedia Adobe site and only came up with documentation about the preexisting .inc files.

David A found this page: Changing and adding file extensions recognized by Dreamweaver MX. It solved the issue.

Dreamweaver has a series of text and xml files that let you customize it’s functionality. You’ll need to open these files in something other than Dreamweaver. I used XMLSpy but Notepad would be just as peachy. There’s a txt file, Extensions.txt, that lists all of the file types recognized. Add your new file name at the top and then under the subcategory. I added .ted under php.
You then need to open MMDocumentTypes.xml and add the new file extensions in the appropriate win and mac file extensions fields.

This may sound complicated but it is pretty easy. I’d give it a 1 star on the difficulty ratings.

I was hoping that I could set up multiple .ted files, i.e. css.ted, php.ted, and js.ted. Dreamweaver doesn’t like these double file type strings. So just choose the category that best fits your programming field.

Finding this information could take you hours, possibly days. Adjusting the files and living a much happier coding life will take about 5 minutes. Now stop staring at black text and make it purty!