A few useful links

A commenter on my earlier blog post asked me if I could point him in the right direction on for information about making WordPress themes. So, I thought I would expand on that idea a bit and post some links to sites that helped me get started.

Way back in the day, circa 1998, when I started learning about web design, a man by the name of Joe Burns ran an HTML tutorial website called HTML Goodies. I hate to think about all the hours I spent studying Joe’s “So you wanna learn, huh?” This was back in the hay day of HTML 3.2. I can’t tell you how excited I was when HTML 4.0 came out… It seems as soon as I had HTML 4.0 down pat, along came the XHTML/CSS standard… and we started all over again.

Fast-forward a few years. One day I was killing some time in a bookstore and I came across a book titled Designing With Web Standards by Jeffery Zeldman, and my whole web development thinking process changed. Out with the old <table> based layouts, in with the new standards-based design. Actually, come to think of it, I bought Web Standards Solutions by Dan Cederholm at the same time as Zeldman’s DWWS.

Looking back, I guess I’ve done web development professionally since 2001. I wonder if there will be an old folks home for web developers like me someday. I can see it now, a bunch of old geezers sitting around arguing about web standards, CSS parsers, and who had the best box model hack.

I’m rambling now, on with the links!

I will probably add more to this list later. I used to have a ton of useful websites bookmarked. They probably ended up in the same place as my missing socks.

Ma.tt New Spring Design is LIVE!

The new spring design for Matt Mullenweg went live today!  I guess I can stop chugging coffee now…

I’m keeping an eye on the comments that people are posting.  A few people are seeing some alignment issues.  I will try to fix those as soon as I can.

I really have to take my hat off to Julien Morel, this was an awesome design to work with.