Show 67: Marcusworld

This week Dan Rubin looks at the design fundamentals and Marcus continues his series on the statement of work.

This week on the Boagworld Podcast, Dan Rubin looks at the design fundamentals of white space and page layout.  Marcus continues his series on the statement of work, while Paul explains openID and tackles the HasLayout bug in Internet Explorer.

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News and events

Keyword forecasting

Last week saw an interesting new tool released by the Microsoft Adcenter Lab. The keyword analyser is an experimental tool which allows you to see predictions of future searches on specific keywords. You can compare the growth of multiple keywords and even get basic demographics on who is searching on these terms. I am not sure that this tool is actually that useful, however it is strangely compelling nevertheless.

Introduction to the DOM

Chris Heilmann shows us a sneak peek of his upcoming DOM scripting workshop in a 10 minute  Screencast. Although not enough to get you started in DOM scripting it will certainly help you grasp the underlying principles.

Lessons in freelancing

As Cameron Moll prepares to leave the world of freelancing he shares his experiences from the last 18 months on his blog. Cameron gives a valuable insight into the lessons he has learnt and I would strongly encourage any freelancers to take a few moments to read it.

Jonathan Snook on CSS

When it comes to CSS we all work in slightly different ways, which is why it is always interesting to get an insight into somebody else’s approach. This week Jonathan Snook shares his top CSS tips and it is nice to see he has added some controversial tip bits.

Clients corner: Statement of work (technologies)

Marcus continues his series on the statement of work by discussing what needs to be said in the documentation about technologies, training and content population. He also looks at the hidden costs associated with hosting and how it should be handled in the contract.

Ask an expert: Dan Rubin on white space and layout

I remember sitting behind Dan at a conference once watching him work on a design (when he should have been listening to the speaker!). It was fascinating to see how he approached user interface work so I thought it would be great to get him on the show to talk about the fundamentals of design; white space and layout.

Agony Uncle: HasLayout

This week in the agony uncle segment we look at the HasLayout bug. In my experience this one bug creates the majority of problems that we encounter in IE. It’s an amazingly hard bug to explain and yet fortunately relatively easy to fix. I explain what it is and what problems it causes as well as looking at some possible solutions.

Review: Open ID

This week saw the announcement by Microsoft that they are going to start supporting Open ID. We take a look at what Open ID is, how it works and why you should consider implementing it on your own site. Most of what we cover is also tackled in Simon Willison’s excellent Screencast on Open ID.

  • Paul, I’m one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
    The Church of LDS are sometimes called Mormons.
    Just FYI.
    Love the Podcast. Keep up the good work.

  • Hi Sean,
    I thought it sounded wrong when I said it but my brain went blank. Hope I didn’t cause offense!

  • ummm, Cameron Moll is LDS. Read the further commenting in the blog post.

  • O, Btw, what rocked most about this last show was the eating of the biscuits!
    Have any left?

  • Paul,
    No offense taken!
    I just realized…I may be able to join you and Marcus for a pint in Austin.
    I live in San Antonio (1 hr from Austin) and it kind of slipped my mind that SXSW is in Austin. I doubt I can get in to the big events now, but I may be able to make it to the barcamp and hopefully the Great British Booze-up.
    If you’re going to booze it up in Texas, Austin’s the place to do it.

  • Fred D Yocum

    Unfortunately, there is no American equivalent of chocolate HobNobs or chocolate digestives or chocolate Bourbons. In fact, it is hearting that you can’t often get a decent cup of tea &#8212 it lessens the loss.

  • Choccy Hob Nobs are the best. Rivaled only by Custard Creams. I’ve always got an opened packet of one or t’other in my desk!
    Thought I’d add that the hasLayout article is brilliant, not only for its thorough content, but the fact that it might well be the most beautiful document when printed (check print preview). Very impressed by the print styling.

  • I’m also one of Jehovah’s Witnesses! I’m enjoying the show, as it is like the “anti TWiT” – English and unpolished, in a good way of course.

  • Choccy Hobnobs are the biscuits of the Gods but custard creams? Girls biccies! My current biccie fix-de-jour are stem ginger cookies. Expensive but wonderful – they even make your mouth burn afterwards because the ginger is so strong. Fantastic!

  • Don’t get me started on TWiT. A better example of insular cronyism would be hard to find.

  • Dear Paul,Great show again guys! (as always :-)About marcusworld – you were fruitlessly tying to claim Paul – it should be lillingtonworld if you wanted to be consistent. But no matter, it’s already taken aswell…Cheerz!

  • Margaret Jayko

    I am listening to all your shows, starting at #1. I am just getting back into Technical Writing/Design and I find your show extremely helpful. I’ve learned a lot and I find my dog gets lots of extra walks around here in Houston, Texas, because I want to keep listening to the podcast on my ipod, instead of going home and turning it off.
    I have one complaint, however. I have a close friend who has a “sense of humor” like Marcus’, and there is no way to find his “jokes” on the website. Is it possible to remedy this? (I know Marcus has brains, as well as jokes and music, so please don’t be offended.)
    Margaret Jayko

  • This is to Confirm that you can buy Chocolate Hob Nobs in the states. I bought some about 2 weeks ago at my local shop in the British section, they have Branstons Pickles too – Nice, I sent some to a client in San Fran, ah the joys of home (that being Ireland).

  • Fred D Yocum

    Aha Globalization. I can now buy some British Isles essentials in my local supermarket here in Lancaster (…County Pennsylvania USA) and can purchase pretzels in my local shop in Wood Green (London, UK) when I return to visit. At this point, the products are not made by the Chinese but, perhaps that is around the corner.