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Internet Explorer Document Modes

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Interoperable HTML5 Quirks Mode in IE10

Activating Browser Modes with Doctype

Compatibility View and "Smart Defaults"

META Tags and Locking in Future Compatibility

MSDN: Defining document compatibility
"If Internet Explorer encounters a webpage that doesn't contain a <!DOCTYPE> element, it opens the page in quirks mode, which can lead to several unexpected side-effects if you're unfamiliar with the directive. For more info, see How to Enable Standards Support."

MSDN: Specifying legacy document modes
"Note  As of Internet Explorer 10, quirks mode behaves differently than it did in earlier versions of the browser. In Windows Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions, quirks mode restricted the webpage to the features supported by Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5. In Internet Explorer 10, quirks mode conforms to the differences specified in the HTML5 specification. For more info, see Specifying legacy document modes."

MSDN: document.documentMode property (Internet Explorer)

MSDN: document.compatMode property (Internet Explorer)

Internet Explorer 8 document and browser modes

Testing sites with Browser Mode vs. Doc Mode

DOM Content Events

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IE onreadystatechange Event

Dean Edwards: Order of Events

onLoad and onDOMContentLoaded

What external resources are loaded when window.onload event is fired and what is the loading order of the resources?

DOMContentLoaded Inconsistencies (in Browsers and JavaScript Libraries)

Web Application Project vs Web Site in Visual Studio

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Web Application Project vs Web Site in Visual Studio

Web Application Project vs Web Site

Converting a Web Site Project to a Web Application Project

Web Deployment Projects vs Web Deployment Tool

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Web Deployment Projects

Visual Studio 2010 Web Deployment Projects RTW – Available Now (5/26/2010)

ScottGu: VS 2005 Web Deployment Projects

MSDN Magazine: Web Deployment Projects

Download Center: Visual Studio® 2010 Web Deployment Projects - RTW

Web Deploy (aka Web Deployment Tool aka MSDeploy)

(Only works with Web Application projects, not Web Site projects)

Video: Web Deployment Made Awesome: If You're Using XCopy, You're Doing It Wrong

Web Deployment Made Awesome: If You're Using XCopy, You're Doing It Wrong

Overview Post for Web Deployment in VS 2010 (9/22/2009)

ScottGu: VS 2010 Web Deployment


Log Parser and IIS Logs

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Analyze your Web Server Data and be empowered with LogParser and Log Parser Lizard GUI - Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen - 9/4/2011

Parsing my IIS Log Files with LogParser 2.2 to learn more about Blogs stats from NewsGator and NewsGatorOnline  - Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen - 1/21/2005

Log Parser 2.2 - Microsoft Download Center

Log Parser Lizard GUI

Log Parser Plus Web Site - Queries to help you analyze logs

Log Parser Plus Utility - version 0.3 released - James Skemp's StrivingLife - 9/7/2009

The benefits of using a file for Log Parser SQL queries - James Skemp's StrivingLife - 9/26/2010

A brief overview of IIS 6.0 and the W3C extended log format - James Skemp's StrivingLife - 11/3/2007

W3C extended log format fields and IIS 6.0 - James Skemp's StrivingLife - 11/6/2007

Log Parser script: Percent of status codes across all hits/requests - James Skemp's StrivingLife - 10/1/2007

For My Coworkers

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My Standard Web Design Practices

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During a phone interview recently I was asked what practices (layout, accessibility, etc.) I used during web design. So here's a quick write-up of what easily came to mind. It's not exhaustive nor in any particular order.

  1. Tables are for tables. Don't use tables to format your content. Only use them if you actually need to display data in a tabular format.
  2. Use appropriate header tags progressively at the appropriate levels. The title/text that describes what's on the current page should be in an H1 tag. Sections below that should use H2 for their titles, etc. Don't use an H4 tag if you don't have an H1, H2 and H3 above it.
  3. Use appropriate tags for the content. Use header tags for headings, use P tags for paragraphs (not DIVs!), use OL and UL for lists, etc. Don't try to use DIVs or SPANs with goofy formatting for everything.
  4. Make sure your content looks orderly and readable even if there's no CSS. Text only readers will ignore most if not all of your CSS.
  5. Make sure links are visually obvious. Underlining is the standard cue for links. Don't take that away from your users.
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