User experience, web, technology

Okay, so this site uses

Okay, so this site uses frames. Why do I bring this up? Because frames have taken a beating in the web development community for the last few years.
Here are a few reasons why:

  1. They mess with our ability to bookmark pages. If you try to bookmark a page that is inside of a website using frames, usually you’d just bookmark the main page of the site, which wasn’t what you wanted. Irritating. However, new browsers are fixing that problem.
  2. Accessibility for people with disabilities and for alternate browsing technologies (like cell phones, PDAs, etc.) was questionable. Still is, as far as I can tell.
  3. For a while, many framed sites didn’t want to let you go when they linked outside the site. Incidentally, if you notice me doing this, it is an accident and please let me know.

I grapple with the decision to use frames, even now that I am using them. Do frames still have the problems listed above? Yes.

However, because this site is hosted on MSU’s pilot server, it doesn’t have basic web serving capabilities like accomodating dynamic content placement on sites, even using such basic technologies as server side includes. So, it is simply more convenient for me to use frames, given where I am at.

So, to all of you who are irritated by this frames based site…sorry, but deal with it.


Great post from Noel. Gas

Great post from Noel. Gas rage…conflict, drama, and a let down at the end. Go to Noel’s page to check it out. Look for Gas Rage (at the top today) and choose option 3.


heh…guess I have to wait

heh…guess I have to wait until tomorrow to see if it works


Okay, testing blogger…want to see

Okay, testing blogger…want to see if I have styles set correctly so I get a white box around each day’s entries. Bear with me.

Lila and Eva

The power went off in

The power went off in our house a couple nights ago. It went off at midnight; our alarm system let us know.

Lila, our daughter woke to the noise, and, as her nightlight was not lit, she wasn’t likely to go back to sleep. So, we brought her into our bed, thinking that she may be comforted and go back to sleep.

How wrong we were. For two hours Chey and I wearily endured little fingers in our ears, pajama feet shoved into our necks, flailing arms, and her little voice whispering to us, “Mommy sleeping, Daddy,” and, “Daddy sleeping, Mommy,” and, “My sleeping too.”

Which neither of us bought for a second.

At times she actually did lie down and rest. But just for a couple minutes at a time.

Honestly, not to be such a complaining parent, I enjoyed it a bit, laughing at our situation and appreciating our daughter.

At 2 a.m. the power came back on and she went back to her room to sleep. Though she was back up at 7, unphased.


First post to this site…wanted

First post to this site…wanted to start this section of my personal site to sound off on a variety of things. From reviews of books I’m reading or web sites I’m browsing to life with my wife and two-year old daughter Lila. And anything else that strikes me. So, more to come.