WPDFD Issue #69 - December 01, 2003

It is very difficult to be involved in Web design and not have to put an ad on your page at some stage. It might be an ad for some other company or product or simply one for your own services. To some, they are an necessary evil. They can help finance the cost of running a site or bring some product or service to the attention of the public. No matter what their purpose, people usually hate them. Advertising on the Web is probably resented more than anywhere else.

It's amazing how floppy disk became obsolete so quickly, I don't think I've used one for three years or more. When I started using CD-ROM disks in the early '90s, they cost about $30 each for blanks and now they cost little more than a 1.4 Mb diskette. It's even more amazing that you can get 128Mb of Flash memory for $36. That's what Amazon are currently charging for the Lexar 128Mb JumpDrive. There are various brands of these keyring-size USB flash drives and there isn't a huge difference between one brand and another.

Jeffery Zeldman is renowned in Web design circles for his tireless work in promoting Web standards, both to browser manufacturers and to the Web design community. His new book, "Designing with Web Standards", brings together all his thoughts, arguments and philosophies into one neat package that is both easy to read and entertaining. Zeldman's claim that 99% of all Web sites are obsolete might come as a surprise to many designers who think that they are at the cutting edge.

Know your audience

When you want to know what browsers people are using these days, there are several sites that offer monthly statistics for surfing trends. One of the best known is TheCounter.com . The stats they give are based upon their own server logs and those of their customers so don't take them as being anything other than that. Browser News hedges the bets by giving stats from four different sources – and they differ quite considerably.