Simon Willison’s Weblog


Tuesday, 12th November 2002

Patterns for web sites

Patterns for Personal Web Sites (via Peter)—a fun and (as far as I know) original concept.

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DOM inspector tutorial

An Introduction to the DOM Inspector (via Scott Andrew). The DOM inspector is a powerful but little-known tool that comes packaged with Mozilla and can be used to interactively browse through the DOM of both Mozilla interface components and any web page. The article mainly discusses using the inspector to investigate Mozilla internals, but as a web developer I frequently use it to analyse pages and see how they work. It is also great for tweaking other people’s sites in my browser (see my post covering Jeffrey Zeldman’s redesign for an example of this).

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Leaky abstractions

Joel Spolsky: The Law of Leaky Abstractions

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Macromedia Contribute

Macromedia Contribute is a cut-down version of DreamWeaver designed for end content providers to add and edit content on a static website without fear of breaking the design. Coverage by Jeffrey Zeldman, Ordinary Life, web-graphics and Aaron Swartz, who asks if this is a return to Tim Berners-Lee’s original vision of a web where contributing is as easy as browsing.

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