Story of my life

Odd Todd (cureently unemployed)

Odd Todds Laid-Off series is seems to hit close to the mark with me. A little too close…

There has to be a name for this type of Flash animation. Amateur productions doing funny stuff outside the main stream. I guess some net guru will come up for a name for it. God bless em anyway. Power to the masses I say.

p.s. at an internet cafe and the guy next to me… well he stinks.

Cross browser html editor

Seems cross browser HTML editors you can embed in a web page are everywhere

For content management systems (CMS) that you want to allow users to mark up their posts here are some cross browser solutions.

  • Cross-Browser Rich Text Editor was the first one brought to my attention by Coach Jason. Simple and does the basic job.
  • FCKEditor which I’ve implemented in an online help system manager for Cable and Wireless. Quite feature rich: multi language, skins, right click context menu etc. Had some problems with version 2Beta:
    • Can’t handle complex code generated by some other editor i.e. MSWord
    • Image insert not finished (but looking promising).
    • Needs more documentation as its a huge API.
  • Another one I haven’t really looked at yet.

Drop-Down Menus = CSS HELL

Seems there is a bit of a hoo-har about making nice dropdown menus since most recent article on ALA which has got Zeldman started on about how he hates drop downs anyway but supports the right to rant about them. There does seem to be some empirical evidence to support the idea that dropdowns are bad UI design, but try telling that to a designer.

This is all fine and dandy since I woke up this morning and decided to solve all my CSS dropdown problems once and for all. So I’ve been researching and this is what I’ve found:

  • There‚Äôs mention of some Dutch dude who has a pair but bugger me if I can read Dutch. Works in everything except IE/Mac (bain-of-my-facking-exsistence). So no good :(
  • There are better suckerfish menu’s avalable now, which I originaly gave up on because of IE/Mac problems. Still no work in IE/Mac but offers a dubious solution.
  • Whatever I come up with, I’d like to intergrate it with the sexy sliding menus. Pitty they don’t use CSS for positioning.
  • Finaly there is the XHTML/CSS/DHTML Semantically Correct Drop-Down Menu v1.1 which I have been using thus far but have done something to the CSS that makes it wig out on Safari 1.2 and quite frankly I’m over it.