Lots of times, it makes sense to pre-populate a form field with some text to guide the user. Usually you see this when space is limited, and the site tries to use the field’s value as a label. However, the field’s value isn’t the label— it’s the value. We see this often when a form has little real estate available to it, or sometimes when the designer doesn’t want to clutter up the interface with extra text. Continue reading “Replace Default Field Values with Labels”
As promised, here is a discussion on how I customized some form elements with a fancy look and feel. It’s really fairly simple and utilizes nothing but standard form controls and some unordered lists. Continue reading “Customizing Form Fields with CSS and jQuery”
Here’s a piece I put together recently for a client who wanted a tabbed interface on one of their pages. My goal in doing it was to make it as accessible and semantic as possible. One requirement I gave myself was to NOT use redundant elements (like one list for the tabs, and another for the content).
Continue reading “Creating a Tabbed Interface with CSS and jQuery”
I’ve noticed a paradigm shift recently in my trollings of ye olde interweb. More and more sites are reversing their titles! Thus far in my experience, it’s been mostly personal sites, blogs and agency shops that are doing it, but these are the sites run by the people making the larger sites. What do I mean by reversing titles? I mean putting the name of the CONTENT before the name of the site instead of the other way around.
Since switching from the written content-heavy world of academia to the more photo and data-driven world of retail, I’ve been inundated with tables. There’s really nothing new about this— tables have been the web designer’s best friend since 1996. But as the web matures, we’re realizing that tables needn’t be (and shouldn’t be) used for layout purposes, but rather for the tabular data that the W3C had intended them to be used.