A Blog Not Limited

to web design, standards & semantics

August 2008

Web Accessibility Is Important
The National Federation of the Blind v. Target lawsuit was settled this past Wednesday on the following key terms: By February 28, 2009, Target.com will be fully accessible to blind users. Target will pay $6 million in damages to claimants.
As I posted previously, I'm doing the one hundred push ups challenge: a six-week program designed to get me able to do 100 consecutive push ups. I am now on my seventh week.
Self Acceptance
“I honor my personality flaws. Without them, I'd have no personality at all.” — unknown
Adding Social Media Links to ExpressionEngine Templates
Even though the "social" nature of the web isn't anything new (at least in web terms), I've only recently joined the masses. Yeah, I've been working in the web industry for over 10 years now, but I was a latecomer to social networks like Facebook, Twitter and (the horror) MySpace. I was even late to the social bookmarking sites like Digg, Ma.gnolia and, my preference, Delicious (yeah, I have it right: they aren't using the periods in their name anymore).…
The Best $40 I Ever Spent
I love my two cats, Guinness and Jersey. Yet there is one thing I hate about having cats: the shedding. Guinness' shedding is particularly bad. While she's a short-haired cat, she has an undercoat that leaves behind clumps of hair everywhere she goes. From the day I brought her home almost 12 years ago, I have had to brush her every day. Still, the shedding was a problem. And I end up having to vacuum every day because I can't…
Half Empty
“The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.” — George F. Will, American columnist, journalist & author
Customizing ExpressionEngine RSS 2.0 Template
Like everything with this blog, I wasn't entirely satisfied with ExpressionEngine's out–of–the–box solution for my RSS feeds (surprise, surprise). Some of the features I wanted that didn't come standard with EE's RSS: Links and markup to display properly formatted Display blog name Display author name Link to the category in which the article is published Links to the tags with which the article is tagged Tracking for links to support analytics Two feeds; one for full articles and one for…
Job Satisfaction
“Our ability to delude ourselves may be an important survival tool.” — Jane Wagner, American writer, director & producer
IE6 and Link Pseudo-Classes
While working on a freelance project a few months ago, I spent hours upon hours struggling with a bug in IE6. But a bug for which I could find absolutely no documentation. And a bug I had never seen before. IE6 wasn't properly recognizing the styles I had assigned to my navigation links :hover pseudo-class. After far too many hours (especially considering it was a freelance job), I discovered the solution to my problem.

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Emily Lewis

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I'm a freelance web designer of the standardista variety, which means I get excited about things like valid POSH, microformats and accessibility. I ply my trade from my one-person design studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106 USA.

A Blog Not Limited is my personal blog where I pontificate about web design, web standards, semantics and whatever else strikes my fancy. Head on over to Emily Lewis Design if you'd like to see my work or, even better, hire me.


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