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10 years of CSS, and still not a wrinkle

On December 17, 1996, the W3C published the first version of its Cascading Style Sheets. Ten years later, CSS has entered into the mores to the point of profoundly changing our web development methods: lighter, simpler, more beautiful. I discovered CSS quite by chance in 1998, in an article intended for webmasters on iFrance entitled “a pixel-perfect design with CSS style sheets”. I had little interest in the web at the time, at least certainly not in design, and was content to plaster minimalist stylesheets on my various sites, using dividentifiers and header tags hxand pcleanly, doing my Monsieur Jourdain of structural semantics without knowing...

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A hand holding a remote control

Occupy space

Note: this post in no way concerns the attempts to install a permanent lunar base by the United States, nor the military strategy in a desert environment. Between the growth in the width of screens and that of mobile phones and other PDAs offering a web browser, we can bet that mastery of space will be the big problem in 2007, and probably the following one. If the custom which wants us to develop in 720 pixels wide for a resolution of 800,600 is now tending to fade in favor of 950 pixels for 1,024,760, the games are not made for all...

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A person sitting on a table

One year already

It’s been a year since publishing technical notes on my late personal blog I finally decided to open this one, dedicated to my profession and my related interests. A year later, some statistics like this by the way: Internally 280 tickets. 606 reviews. Attendance Lowest day of the year: 84 visitors (January 8, 2006). Highest attendance peak: 7,190 visitors (May 6, 2006) Average over the year: 481 visitors per day. Total attendance: 175,875 visitors. Page views: 658,060. RSS pic: 387 subscribers. Referers Excluding search engines and aggregators Freenews . WordPress Codex . Planet Ubuntu FR . John TP . Emily Robbins . Standblog (what an honor)....

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A man standing in front of a crowd

Let’s rediscover the benefits of human aggregation

Interesting discussion last night with Delphine Dispa, who was in Paris, on how RSS feeds have changed our way of understanding information, and on the changes in our perception of the information delivered by our aggregator. Collecting a large number of feeds – sometimes several hundred, 459 in my case, some very verbose – results in more selective reading of the content. The choice to read such or such a post then depends on completely subjective criteria such as the length of the article, and especially its title. Hence the even greater need to endow posts with relevant, precise and catchy titles containing the...

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A young boy sitting at a table

Just because no one has ever done it doesn’t mean it’s impossible

I have just received confirmation of the admissibility of the response to my second call for tenders. I am now really entering the dance of the admitted to compete. A response to a call for tenders consists of an administrative envelope and an envelope containing the response itself. If the administrative envelope does not fully comply with the appellant’s requirements and the public procurement code, the second envelope is not even opened. It was really a file as I like them, in which everything is done to make life easier for the companies called upon to respond. The Special Technical Clauses (CCTP) took the place...