Sunday, June 29, 2008

Flexible Layouts

Flexible Layouts: Challenge For The Future | How-To | Smashing Magazine: "According to, the larger and wider screen resolutions (larger than 1024×768px) will become a standard in the future.

More problematic is the overwhelming confidence of developers that the individual decision-making is better for users from the accessibility point of view. When applied to fixed layouts the web-developer delivers a clear message:

Dear users, your browser can zoom my fixed layout - so please help yourself if you want or need to!

From designer’s perspective with this argument it is tempting to switch to a more comfortable (fixed) design solution at expense of accessibility. Why should a user adapt his viewing preferences to a web-site? Shouldn’t a web-site rather adapt itself to the viewing preferences of its users? If you think about it for a second, you have the same situation as in a cloth store where you are offered cloth only in some very specific size. If the size doesn’t fit to you, it’s your problem, not store’s owner. And if you want to you can take a needle, some fabric and create the cloth of its own choice for free. That is not user-friendly."


25 SEO WEB DESIGN TIPS: "You may have a beautiful website but that alone does not promise a bright future in the web arena. It is essential that a website design must be properly optimized to reach out to the target audience. A well optimized website which is both search engine as well as user friendly makes a strong presence in the web world. Here are some SEO web design tips that can help to optimize your website properly."

with thanks to Pat Geary

Friday, June 27, 2008


Joomla!: "Joomla! is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable."

but no sitemap

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Life at the Home20

Life at the Home20 - Genealogy: "This research began in 1986. It covers both my family and my husband's. Amazingly, we are both, so far, from southern families (Delaware and down) who originated mostly from the British isles. We were each told we have an American Indian line but neither can be proven at this point. Both families have been traced back several generations on most lines and there is but one line from France (tradition, but no proof) and no lines going back to Germany or Eastern Europe (although my grandmother swore otherwise). There is one possible Scandinavian line but I base that theory on the fact that the surname ends in 'son', no other reason. So while I ponder a few brick walls, I will try to share my findings here."

Life at the Home20 blog

Thompson Name Meaning and History

  1. English: patronymic from Thomas. Thompson is widely distributed throughout Britain, but is most common in northern England and northern Ireland.
  2. Americanized form of Thomsen.

Thomsen Name Meaning and History

Dutch, North German, Danish, and Norwegian: patronymic from a short form of Thomas.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

thanks to Thompson Family Civil War Service -

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Using Rootsweb Online Editor

Using Rootsweb Online Editor: "This very basic guide will get you familiar with the resources on RootsWeb that can help you build your own Web page. It will not help you create the page of your dreams—yet. I will write several follow-up articles on this topic over the upcoming months that go into more depth."