October 28, 2009
Shares Well With Others?
Expect your site to be shared with Facebook users and on other social media platforms? Don't forget to provide page/article appropriate thumbnail and copy.MORE...
March 24, 2009
IE8 et compatible, vousMORE...
September 20, 2008
MacNikto 1.1 Released
MacNikto is an Universal Binary, Open Source (GPL) AppleScript GUI shell script wrapper built in Xcode and Interface Builder. It provides easy access to a subset of the features available in the award-winning Perl-based Nikto web security scanner, installed along with the MacNikto application.
Use it to audit and lock down your web servers. Works on Panther, Tiger, and Leopard OSen (OS X.3-.5), and now supports Nikto 2.03 along with interface enhancements and bug fixes. More info and downloads at the MacNikto page.
August 10, 2008
The Web Design Survey, 2008
June 23, 2008
Firefox 3 Blocklisting
Firefox 3 phones home
at launch daily and checks to see if it should disable any of your plug-in/extensions. One plug-in currently being considered for blocking is pre 9.0r124 releases of Flash Player. If you are a Firefox 3 user and your Flash content suddenly no longer works, this new feature may be the reason why. Via John Dowdell.
June 18, 2008
Flash Player 10 Public Beta
Code-named Astro, Flash Player 10 was announced last October at Max 2007 and released for public preview mid-May. I highly recommend immediately downloading and installing the beta and testing your Flash content, submitting any issues you run across to Adobe's bugbase -- better that issues are uncovered early and given a chance to be addressed before general release.
A common problem with upgrades are older detection scripts that fail to recognize newer versions -- fix these now rather than when your client calls to complain (hint: swfobject 2.0 was recently released).
Key New Features (from Flash Player's Sr. Product Manager's coverage):
3D Effects - transform any display object in 3D with easy to use ActionScript APIs while retaining full interactivity.Really cool stuff discussed by Adobe engineer/product mgr types:
Custom Filters and Effects - In addition to the native filters in Flash Player you can also make your own using Adobe Pixel Bender. These filters, blend modes and fills can be scripted and animated using ActionScript
New Text Engine - Bi-directional text, vertical layout, styeable device fonts are all part of the capabilities of the new text engine. In addition, this generic engine will power a new set of text components with really mazing typographic and layout functionality.
Visual Performance - through two new wmode settings you will be able to take advantage of the video card to speed up rendering and blitting.
Vector - A new ECMAScript 4 data type that is very much like an array but only accepts one type. By knowing what type will be stored in the array access performanc is dramatically faster.
Runtime FileReference access - With Flash Player 10 beta you can open a file dialog box to ask a user to select a file and load it into the runtime. You can also save content from the runtime to the desktop.
April 07, 2008
Flash Hardens, Some Sites May Shatter
Skinny: upcoming Flash Player update may break sites that use Flash to talk
cross-domain, via sockets, or to the hosting html, especially via
The Security update is expected to be released this month, so the time for retrofitting and testing potentially affected content grows short.
Full details in the Adobe Dev Center article Preparing for the Flash Player 9 April 2008 Security Update.
March 14, 2008
Turns out that later-model Flash Player 9 ActiveX installers "fix" the registry to prevent IE users from downgrading.
So if you are running the latest and greatest but need to test an earlier version, say the first release of Flash 9, it will install but won't run. Starting with r45 the installer will helpfully complain and then refuse to complete.
Preventing users from downgrading protects same from security vulnerabilities, but makes the life of a tester difficult. The fix is to run the official Flash Uninstaller from the command line while passing a special argument that tells it to delete the relevant registry settings. Simply open a command line prompt, cd to the Flash Uninstaller's directory and run the following:
Now you can confirm that your baseline r28 detection works and your interactive does what it's supposed to. Angst lifted.
March 06, 2008
IE8b1 released, Literally Breaks With The Past
This week Microsoft released a public beta of Internet Explorer 8 for developers, which promises to fix long-endured standards compliance issues while breaking all of your sites.
Don't panic -- this is actually a Good Thing™!
Why? Because better standards support means easier/faster development and maintenance. And breaking all your sites? A stop-gap solution is trivial to implement (see below) and provides an opportunity to renew old client contacts and relationships which could lead to more work. Perhaps now is a good time to consider/pitch that redesign?MORE...
December 11, 2007
The Favicon Support Chart has been updated to reflect changes in newer versions of Safari and AOL along with needed corrections due to an improperly formed multi-res favicon. Check it out and let me know what you think.MORE...