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This week we continue our thread on CSS layout repositories. In other news MIT ponders blogs, Macromedia promotes Flash MX, and Herman Miller hires an Information Architect. Amazon and BN.com have settled, the Web's shine is wearing off, yet only 8% of the world's population has access.

MacTV talks to Karen Gauthier, Adobe's Sr. Product Manager for Photoshop 7, due out in April. Highlights include a "healing" brush that removes unsightly wrinkles, configurable brushes, OS X support, and a number of other tweaks.

Turns out your humble editor made a slight misstatement in yesterday's JavaScript.com News about our new JavaScript Charting tutorial. It does indeed work with dynamic charting, it just doesn't work in Mac IE for *interactive* forms. The author is investigating a solution. More next time.

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1. FEATURE: CSS Repository? 2. OTHER VOICES: * CSS Site List * Interview: Adobe talks Photoshop 7's coolest features * Blog This * Flash MX: Top 10 New Features * Herman Miller RED Case Study 3. NET NEWS: * Amazon, Barnes & Noble settle patent suit * Survey: Web goes from novelty to utility * Global Net Population At Half-Billion - NetRatings

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1. FEATURE: CSS Repository?

Thanks for all your responses to my CSS layouts question last time. If you'll recall we reported on the Open Source Web Design site as a great place to snag some free layouts, mainly using tables:

http://www.oswd.org

I wondered if there was an equivalent site for CSS layouts. Folks e-mailed in a few links, some highlights:

http://www.zeldman.com/daily/faq.html#csslayout http://www.bluerobot.com/web/layouts/ http://www.glish.com/css/

These are close, but I still haven't seen what I envisioned. A site similar to OSWD (or a CSS section on OSWD) that rates open source CSS layouts and styles. Ideally this source of CSS layouts would be vetted by CSS experts, only accept valid CSS/(X)HTML, and provide hack-free 1, 2, and 3-column layouts. Hundreds of layouts wouldn't be necessary.

Designers could browse CSS layouts and choose the one they like. The adoption rate of web standards would increase. Jeffrey Zeldman found another site that lists 500 CSS layout sites, Web Nouveau.

http://webnouveau.net/

I noticed that the domain CSSLayouts.com is available at press time, perhaps someone with more time on their hands will take up the torch. Let me know if you find more CSS layout sources, and I'll update this story.

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2. OTHER VOICES: CSS Site List, Interview: Adobe talks Photoshop 7's coolest features, Blog This, Flash MX: Top 10 New Features, Herman Miller RED Case Study

* CSS Site List

Ask and ye shall receive. Web Nouveau lists over 500 table-less sites. http://webnouveau.net/ Webnouveau.net, Mar. 2002

* Interview: Adobe talks Photoshop 7's coolest features

Adobe announces Photoshop 7 for Mac OS X last week (due in April), and this week, Adobe's Sr. Product Manager for Photoshop, Karen Gauthier, talks about Photoshop's new features with Dru and Robert Aldridge. Also Dru talks about Harry Connick Jr.'s patent-pending sheet-less music story. This is a one-hour show in Quicktime. http://www.hconnickjr.com/ http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/ http://www.mactvnetwork.com/radio/tuesday/archive/story598.shtml Mac Help Radio, Mar. 6, 2002

* Blog This

Online diarists rule an Internet strewn with failed dot coms. http://www.techreview.com/articles/jenkins0302.asp MIT's Technology Review, Mar. 2002

* Flash MX: Top 10 New Features

Video support, dynamic sound/image loading for smaller file sizes, named anchors, more accessible content, and optimized application server integration with XML round out Macromedia's newest offering. http://www.macromedia.com/software/flash/productinfo/newfeatures/ Macromedia.com, Mar. 2002

* Stylesheets or JavaScript?

Learn how to use transparent GIFs and CSS hover to create rollovers, instead of using conventional JavaScript. http://www.designmeme.com/zeldman/ Stuart Robertson, Mar. 5, 2002

* Herman Miller RED Case Study

"To build a strong foundation, hire an information architect. Three months into development, information architect Nathan Shedroff joined the team. He was tasked with determining the interface, interaction, navigation and information design of the site." http://www.designinteract.com/features/red/ Design Interact, Mar. 2002

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3. NET NEWS: Amazon, Barnes & Noble settle patent suit, Survey: Web goes from novelty to utility, Global Net Population At Half-Billion - NetRatings

* Amazon, Barnes & Noble settle patent suit

Amazon.com said Wednesday that it has settled its long-running patent-infringement suit against Barnes & Noble (BN.com) over its 1-Click checkout system. The details of the settlement were not disclosed. http://news.com.com/2100-1017-854105.html News.com, Mar. 6, 2002

* Survey: Web goes from novelty to utility

The Internet has lost its novelty for many U.S. users but is turning into an increasingly important tool for everyday living, according to a study released Sunday. http://zdnet.com.com/2100-11-850152.html ZDNet.com/Reuters, Mar. 4, 2002

* Global Net Population At Half-Billion - NetRatings

A half-billion people worldwide have Internet access at home, with North America showing the greatest number of Net surfers but the slowest growth rate of all, Nielsen/NetRatings reported Wednesday. That's about eight percent of the world's population with Internet access. http://www.nielsen-netratings.com/ http://www.washtech.com/news/media/15517-1.html Washington Post, Mar. 6, 2002

That's it for this week, see you next time.

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