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Behind the Scenes in WYSIWYG

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 1/6/17 (3:21pm)

Looking at the 'plain text' behind the WYSIWYG. I'm impressed:

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<h3>Alumni Receptions 2017</h3>
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Message to Box.com

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/5/15 (11:46am)

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You call this a slideshow? By default, over a third of the photo is covered up with usage data (of all things) on the right. Why not make showing usage data optional through a setting in the embed code?

WebDev with a Bag Over My Head

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 8/27/14 (1:59pm)

Mystery website at MPOW. I inherited the thing. It was put together maybe 6 years ago or more. What system does it run on? Nobody knows -- not even the original developers. On the other hand, many of the pages end in 'aspx'.

Some links on the main navigation end in '#' (i.e. empty hashtag). "#"? You click on that link and you'll go absolutely nowhere. It's the web equivalent of a dead-end. What'd they do? Launch the site without bothering to develop those particular pages?

I guess you could call this the equivalent of walking into a house with a bag over your head. I think I'd prefer an actual bag.

On HTML5, CSS3 & Human Evolution

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 5/11/12 (9:37am)

Went to sleep looking at new web template; Woke up noticing that one of the div's (i.e. sections) wasn't aligning properly; Reached over to laptop near bed and right-clicked for 'inspect element with Firebug', got information about the styling markup.

And then I thought: Is this what one million years of evolution has brought us to?

The Age of One App Per Website is Over

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 1/29/12 (1:40am)

While preparing for next week's presentation on Responsive Design, I tried to recall my original uneasiness over the phone app frenzy. You remember -- that short painful period only a few months ago when either you were developing a phone app version of your site or you just weren't serious. You thought it silly? So did I. But it took me a second to remember why. I mean, this was before Responsive Web Design had sunk in as a possible solution. So why the initial uneasiness? And then of course I remembered: the notion that your average user was going to download a separate app for every site -- the equivalent of taking your collection of bookmarks and downloading a separate program for each -- was a complete absurdity. Thank God, we're beyond that. It's history.

Presentation on Responsive Web Design at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/26/12 (4:38pm)

Gearing up for a presentation on 'Responsive Web Design' that I'll be giving at the UIC Webmaster Brownbag next week. From the official announcement:

UIC Web Professionals,

Join us for a discussion about Responsive Web Design on Thursday, February 2, noon - 1 p.m. Leo Klein, Coordinator for Web Communications in the Office of Admissions and Records, will discuss Responsive Web Design as a significant development in how we approach web design -- what's got us to this point, the need to design for various platforms from PCs to tablets and smartphones. The session will include discussion of key topics including Media Queries and Mobile First.

Audience: all levels. Also, experience and thoughts from others on this subject is encouraged and highly appreciated.

The New Delicious

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 2/9/11 (4:14pm)

I'd say we have a problem here.

New Website: UIC Office of Admissions & Records

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/2/10 (10:29am)
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So the site I've been losing sleep over for the past couple of weeks months is finally up. I had set a deadline for the beginning of the year and, by golly, I made it -- even if the thing kind of put a damper on my holiday activities: http://oar.uic.edu

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Big Project over the Holidays

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 12/22/09 (11:21am)

No break for me. Sometimes when people are off, it's the best opportunity to do big systems changes.

I'm redesigning the template for our site at MPOW and I've been telling everyone for months that I'll have the thing up by the beginning of the year. So it's time to put up or...

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