However, I found that my workflow for checking a contrast ratio with them was far from ideal. I had to convert my CSS colors to hex notation (which I don’t often use myself anymore), check the contrast ratio, then adjust the colors as necessary, covert again etc. In addition, I had to adjust the lightness of the colors with a blindfold, without being able to see the difference my adjustments would make to the contrast ratio. When using semi-transparent colors, it was even worse: Since WCAG only describes an algorithm for opaque colors, all contrast tools only expect that. So, I had to calculate the resulting opaque colors after alpha blending had taken place. After doing that for a few days, I got so fed up that I decided to make my own tool.

Lea Verou hat ein Tool zur Farbkontrast-Kontrolle gebaut, dass ein paar mehr Eingaben als die bislang üblichen entgegen nimmt.

Easy color contrast ratios | Lea Verou

Nils Riedemann:

Today I had to create a new Drupal installation and it has been a while that I had to create Drupal installation from scratch. So I thought about writing up this guide for future reference and find a way to create a complete new Drupal install entirely from the command-line to get as fast as possible to a state where I actually start working.

Hatte das mit Drush schon mal irgendwo aufgeschnappt. (Eins der Dinge die ich für Contao gerne hätte.) Ziemlich coole Sache jedenfalls und hier nochmal kurz und knapp erklärt. – Set up a new Drupal site from the command-line with git and drush

Andy Rutledge mit einem weiteren Teil aus seiner Redux-Rubrik:

My friend used sports franchise websites as an example of the polar opposite of clean and minimal design in his answer. He was, of course, correct. I smiled at that fact and said, “You know, I wonder if a clean and minimal design would work for a sports franchise website. It would be interesting to see how or even if that could be done and still work.” We talked about it. He suggested that maybe I should give it a try.

Die Redux-Artikel von Andy Rutledge sind es im Grunde immer wert, gelesen und beachtet zu werden. Schon so manche Website ist ihm zum Opfer gefallen und wurde im Layout vereinfacht, verbessert und aufgehübscht.

Andy Rutledge – Baseball Redux

Then I read „JavaScript Enlightenment,“ and everything started making sense. JavaScript stopped being the big bad wolf and started being my little kitchen helper. Plus I started working for a company where I got to own the JavaScript, CSS and HTML without having to justify every move to a head of Marketing who was afraid to let go of frames. Coderwall

Rachel Nabors über ihre anfänglichen Schwierigkeiten mit JavaScript mit ein paar Buchtipps. Werde ich mir auch mal zu Gemüte führen.

Rachel Nabors : Learning new things: Don’t beat your head against a wall.

Internet Explorer 10 launches on 10/26/2012, and as a result, we will discontinue support for Internet Explorer 8 shortly afterwards, on 11/15/2012. After this date users accessing Google Apps services using Internet Explorer 8 will see a message recommending that they upgrade their browser.
via Google Apps update alerts: Supporting modern browsers: Internet Explorer 8 support discontinued.

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