Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) make changes to styles across an entire Web site much easier – and ensure that content displays beautifully on multiple platforms and Web browsers. Or at least, it can if the CSS is implemented correctly and your visitors aren’t using an old version of Internet Explorer. If you’re interested in seeing all that CSS can do, start with CSSZengarden. You’ll find both gorgeous design and direction on how to achieve similar results in your own design and development.
We came across dzone.com recently, a developer-focused social bookmarking site that has gained considerable popularity in the programming community. With "fresh links for developers" as a mantra, dzone leverages its users to highlight useful resources, tips and code-related news. You can read posts from the three founders at the dzone blog or click on popular links to see what’s hot now and in the past.
wikiCalc is a mashup of a wiki and a spreadsheet. Dan Bricklin, the inventor of VisiCalc, the first computer spreadsheet, posted about it on his blog when he first released the beta. Now, the application is out of beta and ready for you to put through its paces.
The application works like a wiki as part of a web of potentially editable pages in a collaborative environment. Imagine a streamlined Web-based Excel that’s a living document. Dan’s idea is both simple and powerful. In his own words, wikiCalc is “a complete server-based spreadsheet that runs on your own server, not only on a service provided by others.”
Dan thinks anyone concerned or responsible for any of the various forms of compliance will find the audit trail that wikiCalc keeps quite helpful.
The inaugural Internet Governance Forum took place from October 30 through November 2, 2006, in Athens, Greece.
The IGF Web site, which features text transcription of the opening ceremony and sessions on openness, security,
diversity, access and emerging issues was “set up to support the process started by the UN Secretary-General with a view to convening a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue.”
Archived webcasts of the proceedings are also available, in untranslated form, in English, Français and Español. The opening ceremony featured words from Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn. Much of the dialogue at the event was marked by implicit – and some times explicit – criticisms by delegates of US authority over ICANN.
The Secretariat’s informal summary of all the sessions is available here as a PDF.
As former Speaker of the U.S. House of Represenatives Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local.” Perhaps with that in mind, the Google Earth Blog has announced that Google Earth has geared up for future U.S. elections by adding “U.S. Elections Guide” and “U.S. Congressional Districts” information layers. Once you’ve downloaded the most recent version of Google Earth, you’ll be able to select layers that will display the boundaries of voting districts, local polling places, campaign finance data, links to candidates Web sites, news and other information related to the election. The layers are not available through Google Maps, so you’ll have to have access to a PC able to run Google Earth. (Hat tip to Slashdot.org and Greg Sterling at SearchEngineWatch.com.)
If you work with Microsoft Office, you may be aware of the Office-specific HTML tags that the various applications in the suite add to your code when you save as HTML. This handy tool, available as a download from Microsoft.com, enables the user to easily remove those pesky tags. Nifty.
Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart founded Project Gutenberg when he was granted an account with $100,000,000 of computer time in 1971 by the operators of the Xerox Sigma V mainframe at the Materials Research Lab at the University of Illinois.
The Project Gutenberg Philosophy is “to make information, books and other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority of the computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search.”
Only books that have entered the public domain are entered into the database of 19,000 titles, of which nearly 2 million are downloaded every month. That means the database is full of the classics of Western literature, with names like Twain, Doyle, Shakespeare, Dickens, Kleiser, Poe, Wells, Austen and Verne dominating the top 10 most downloaded list.
EarthCode is the blog of Ajax and Rails coder Andre Lewis. He uses it as a venue for technical projects and interests like this mashup that locates and rates free WiFi locations using a combination of Google Maps, user input and ratings or this tutorial that shows how to use Rails, Geocoding and Google Maps to create your own mashup.
Google Code Search is up and running! Google Labs has released a new search engine specifically designed to help software developers search for code. Google’s stated goal with Code Search is to “provide a useful resource for developers and help increase collaboration within the developer community.” Google maintains a blog with news and developments regarding the tool and a FAQ for developers would want to keep their code from being crawled.
Go, go Google Gadgets! Google has now made more than 100 of its gadgets available for free download and use. Like Apple’s Dashboard widgets, there have been a huge variety of Google Gadgets created, including mapping software, weather forecasts to Bible verses, quotes, IP address mapping and language translations, all available right from your desktop.