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Newsletter issue #70 - 4th January 2010

This issue

Happy New Year! Welcome to the January 2010 edition of the Webcredible newsletter!

In this issue:

  • Feature article: The importance of the !important CSS declaration
  • Blog highlights in December
  • New articles in December
  • Useful program: jQSlickWrap
  • Top link: Styling HTML Lists with CSS
  • New training courses for 2010


Feature article: The importance of the !important CSS declaration

The !important declaration has been valid since CSS1 but it seems to have acquired a bad reputation over the years. Even if the !important declaration should be used with caution, it's a very useful and powerful expression that much deserves its place in our CSS world. This article offers a guide to what the declaration is, what it does and how you should use it.

Read this article in full

Blog highlights in December

Our most popular blog posts this month include:

  • Retrospective BA miles claims hinder online experience

    British Airways might have enough problems at the moment what with making big financial losses and reports that its cabin crew have voted nine to one in favour of striking over the Christmas period. Nevertheless, I'd like to talk about a shortcoming I encountered deep within its website, specifically in the Executive Club section...

  • Eye tracking - A short-sighted future?

    A trend that we've noticed this year in the user experience sector is a dramatic decrease in demand for eye tracking. When the recession first kicked-in at the start of this year we were warned that usability was going to be thrown out in view of reduced budgets. We've seen no evidence of this whatsoever - budgets have been cut...

  • E-readers at a crossroads

    I've been intrigued by the user experience challenge that electronic readers make on physical books. Beyond issues like e-ink and screen sizes, it's the versatility of the physical books that sets them apart. Book lovers are used to riffling pages, recycling books to their friends, or dropping them on the floor! E-reader design is at a crossroads...

Our other blog posts were:

New articles in December

  • Accessible online video for keyboard-only users

    When making accessible video online we all tend to think about the needs of blind and deaf users, concentrating on subtitles and transcripts. This is only part of the accessibility job, with the needs of motor impaired often overlooked. This article looks at what you need to do to ensure that your online videos are accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

Read all our articles

Useful program: jQSlickWrap

Need a way to wrap text around an unusually shaped image and not just around the image box borders? jQSlickWrap is a free, easy-to-use plugin for jQuery which enables you to easily wrap text around floated images of any shape, wrapping around the image content rather than the surrounding box. Simply download the program and start using the text wrapping functionality on your website.

Check out this useful program

Top link: Styling HTML Lists with CSS

When it comes to making lists on your website, HTML lists are extremely useful as they're versatile and graphically flexible. This makes them an important tool for developers and this article from Smashing Magazine provides some great tips on the available lists, how to implement them and, importantly, the differing requirements of a variety of popular browsers.

Check out this useful link

New training courses in 2010

Our interactive training courses will begin again at the end of January with all the usual courses on offer throughout 2010. The beginning of February will also see the first sessions of our new PPC and SEO courses and we're currently running an introductory offer. If you'd like to learn how to deliver a highly successful pay-per-click campaign or search engine optimisation strategy, we're offering a 10% discount on the cost of these new courses. Simply enter 'newcourse-promo' into the comments box when you sign up for either course to receive the discount.

Usability, focus group & training facilities hire

Our purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities are available for hire! From our London-based offices, we can provide:

  • Usability lab hire
  • Focus group & market research facilities
  • Training facilities & room hire

Find out more about hiring our facilities

Training courses

Come on one of our training courses and become a web guru! Our 18 courses are run across 5 training streams:

Training courses are held every 2 weeks in London and are fantastic - small class sizes, highly interactive and taught by experts.

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