Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Summer Status Update and Firefox Persuasion!

Status Update
We are quite literately very busy this summer, and this status update reflects some changes from the previous one in May: (Which is a good thing, it means we accomplished stuff!)

Current Projects:
  1. Our own site - Stikmen Graphic Design. (This is very liable to get shoved back down to Backburner Projects when our Upcoming Projects get underway.)
  2. Rayworth & Roberts Surveys Ltd.
Upcoming Projects:
  1. Jennifer Harrison, Photographer
  2. Town of Parrsboro (Complete Revamp)
Finished Projects:
  1. Ghost in the Kitchen, the update went very smoothly - we added two new pages: Current Events and Links. Using some PHP, we set up online booking and reservations for Glenn's dinners as well as Photo Gallery. The links page has links to other websites of interest in the Parrsboro / Minas Basin shore area. There still might be a few more little updates to do but for the most part- it is complete.
Firefox Persuasion
As Malcolm so subtly stated, yes, Internet Explorer is a problem - as displayed in this nice, fun pie chart. Which makes me laugh every time I look at it... because it is so true.Internet Explorer is a problem because not only does it not display PNG images properly, as Malcolm stated. Microsoft fixed the transparency issue - but not the gamma issue. It does not fully support CSS, which is necessary in this ever expanding Web 2.0 world. Many people do not even know that there are alternatives to Internet Explorer, to some, mostly the older generations - Internet Explorer is "The Internet". They use it because it is installed default on Windows computers and they don't know that they have a choice. Internet Explorer has many bugs and problems with it including the big problem that it is very susceptible to viruses and other attacks.

The alternative that I suggest to everyone is Firefox, a cross platform, highly customizable, open source browser that is currently being used by 14% of internet users. It is more secure and though the current version does not fully support CSS like IE, it does a much better job and the next version (Firefox 3 coming Fall, 2007) does.

Firefox is widely used and appreciated by web designers for its many features and support for "Open Standards" which IE lacks.

I suggest to every internet user to at least try Firefox. If you hate it that much, sure go back to IE, but I feel the advantages definitively out way the... wait a sec, there are no disadvantages.

So please give it a try. we have a link at the bottom-right of this page. Seriously, you will make your web designers happy!

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