Web standards in South Africa – Top 10 SA sites validated

Web standards doesn’t seem to be a very important aspect of functional web design here in South Africa. Websitewriters.co.za was recently launched to try and help South African designers relise that Web Standards aren’t two words made up by some university graduate, so I thought it would be a good time to visit some of the top SA sites to see if they have adhered to web standards. Continue reading Web standards in South Africa – Top 10 SA sites validated

Google’s Blog was hacked!

Ok, not really, but the headline got your attention, right? It seems that some junior at [tag]Google[/tag] deleted their blog account, and therefore some lucky fellow named [tag]Trey[/tag] got his moment of glory, claimed it at [tag]blogger[/tag].com and posted on the blog!

Google reclaimed their blog address – googleblog.blogspot.com, but I still received Trey’s message in my Bloglines account pictured below.

Google’s explanation of the problem…
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Awards season

It seriously seems that the month of March is awards month. First it was the Oscars with our very own Tsotsi bringing our second golden statue home. Next up were the Bloggies – the internet version of the Oscars, I think. Some of my favourite blogs took home some of the honours. Prizes were mostly related to 2006 ($20.06 gift vouchers all over the place) .

Tonight is the turn of the SA blog awards. So if you don’t see your blogroll light up tomorrow with new posts, you’ll know either their blog didn’t win, or they still recovering.

But special mention must go to the inaugaral Zimbabwean BlogAwards. It’s great to see that at least their blogs aren’t being controlled by the government. (or are they…) So go and vote for your favourites. Prizes are a massive $2006 Zim dollars. :-)

SA vs AUS – The greatest cricket match in history

SA vs Aus DVDUpdate: The DVD is available from Kalahari.net!

Its a 3 DVD box set. The 1st DVD contains a highlights package of the entire series – Pro20 game and the 5 ODI’s. The other 2 DVDs consist of the entire 5th ODI match, with ball by ball coverage. It is a real collectible that you will watch for years to come.

Order your copy today!
438 – The Greatest One-Day Game SA Cricket

For those of you that got to watch South Africa take on the Aussies in the 5th and final one-day international at the Wanderers on Sunday, might not be able to comprehend what happened. The match had so many emotions in it that you felt that someone had died and you had won the lottery on the same day.

Depressing = watching Australia taking the South African bowlers to the cleaners for the highest one-day score ever, 434/4.

Utter exhilaration = Seeing South Africa come out and actually surpass that mammoth total to win the match and series, and take the record for the highest one-day score, 438/9

This series will go down in history as one of the most exciting series between these two countries and you could not have scripted a better one-day final, even if you tried. Records were broken on Sunday that will take years to beat, if not never.

The records that tumbled

Highest team total: 438 – beating Sri Lanka’s 398 against Kenya
Highest total runs of runs: 872
Most sixes in a ODI: 26 – previous record was 21
Most fours in a ODI: 87 – previous record was 79
Bowler conceding the most runs in a ODI: Mick Lewis bowled 10 overs for 113 runs.
Herschelle Gibbs scored 175 – the second highest score for South Africa, the highest South African score against Australia and the quickest century by a South African.

For those of you that might not understand the wonderful game of cricket, I will compare what happened yesterday to a game of soccer (football): The top two teams in the world, Brazil and Argentina play in a tournament final. The first half sees Brazil score 20 goals and leave Argentina stunned as they go into half-time 20-0 down. (As you can see, all records are smashed with that amount of goals). After half-time Argentina come out and in the final 30 seconds of the game take the score to 21-20, beating the world’s best team. That’s what South Africa did yesterday. They rewrote the history books.

Today, I don’t think I could be any prouder to be a South African. It was amazing.

HTML Statistics

Everyone loves statistics, especially us web designers. From checking your traffic stats 5 times a day to Technorati this or that, everyone likes to compare stats.

So a couple of okes did a web study on sites that validated, which type of HTML tags were most common or how many different ID tags were used. These studies were based on less than 1000 websites or pages. So the results are more interesting than conclusive. December 2005 roles around and in steps Big Daddy and did “an analysis of a sample of slightly over a billion documents”. Woah… Continue reading HTML Statistics