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Internet Explorer Document Modes

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Interoperable HTML5 Quirks Mode in IE10
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2011/12/14/interoperable-html5-quirks-mode-in-ie10.aspx

Activating Browser Modes with Doctype
http://hsivonen.iki.fi/doctype/#ie8

Compatibility View and "Smart Defaults"
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2009/06/17/compatibility-view-and-smart-defaults.aspx

META Tags and Locking in Future Compatibility
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc817574.aspx

MSDN: Defining document compatibility
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288325%28v=vs.85%29.aspx
"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
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj676915%28v=vs.85%29.aspx
"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)
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ie/cc196988%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

MSDN: document.compatMode property (Internet Explorer)
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ie/ms533687%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

Internet Explorer 8 document and browser modes
http://www.nczonline.net/blog/2010/01/19/internet-explorer-8-document-and-browser-modes/

Testing sites with Browser Mode vs. Doc Mode
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2010/10/19/testing-sites-with-browser-mode-vs-doc-mode.aspx
 

DOM Content Events

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IE onreadystatechange Event
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms536957%28VS.85%29.aspx

Dean Edwards: Order of Events
http://dean.edwards.name/weblog/2005/02/order-of-events/

onLoad and onDOMContentLoaded
http://javascript.info/tutorial/onload-ondomcontentloaded

What external resources are loaded when window.onload event is fired and what is the loading order of the resources?
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/473628/what-external-resources-are-loaded-when-window-onload-event-is-fired-and-what-is

DOMContentLoaded Inconsistencies (in Browsers and JavaScript Libraries)
http://www.zachleat.com/web/domcontentloaded-inconsistencies/
 

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
http://vishaljoshi.blogspot.com/2009/08/web-application-project-vs-web-site.html

Converting a Web Site Project to a Web Application Project
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdevtools/archive/2009/10/29/converting-a-web-site-project-to-a-web-application-project.aspx
 

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)
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdevtools/archive/2010/05/26/visual-studio-2010-web-deployment-projects-rtw-available-now.aspx

ScottGu: VS 2005 Web Deployment Projects
http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2005/11/06/429723.aspx

MSDN Magazine: Web Deployment Projects
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc163448.aspx

Download Center: Visual Studio® 2010 Web Deployment Projects - RTW
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=24509


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
http://channel9.msdn.com/events/MIX/MIX10/FT14

Web Deployment Made Awesome: If You're Using XCopy, You're Doing It Wrong
http://www.hanselman.com/blog/WebDeploymentMadeAwesomeIfYoureUsingXCopyYoureDoingItWrong.aspx

Overview Post for Web Deployment in VS 2010 (9/22/2009)
http://vishaljoshi.blogspot.com/2009/09/overview-post-for-web-deployment-in-vs.html

ScottGu: VS 2010 Web Deployment
http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/07/29/vs-2010-web-deployment.aspx

 

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
http://www.hanselman.com/blog/AnalyzeYourWebServerDataAndBeEmpoweredWithLogParserAndLogParserLizardGUI.aspx

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
http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ParsingMyIISLogFilesWithLogParser22ToLearnMoreAboutBlogsStatsFromNewsGatorAndNewsGatorOnline.aspx

Log Parser 2.2 - Microsoft Download Center
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=24659

Log Parser Lizard GUI
http://www.lizard-labs.net/log_parser_lizard.aspx


Log Parser Plus Web Site - Queries to help you analyze logs
http://logparserplus.com/

Log Parser Plus Utility - version 0.3 released - James Skemp's StrivingLife - 9/7/2009
http://strivinglife.com/words/post/Log-Parser-Plus-version-03-released.aspx

The benefits of using a file for Log Parser SQL queries - James Skemp's StrivingLife - 9/26/2010
http://strivinglife.com/words/post/The-benefits-of-using-a-file-for-Log-Parser-SQL-queries.aspx

A brief overview of IIS 6.0 and the W3C extended log format - James Skemp's StrivingLife - 11/3/2007
http://strivinglife.com/words/post/A-brief-overview-of-IIS-60-and-the-W3C-extended-log-format.aspx

W3C extended log format fields and IIS 6.0 - James Skemp's StrivingLife - 11/6/2007
http://strivinglife.com/words/post/W3C-extended-log-format-fields-and-IIS-60.aspx

Log Parser script: Percent of status codes across all hits/requests - James Skemp's StrivingLife - 10/1/2007
http://strivinglife.com/words/post/Log-Parser-script-Percent-of-status-codes-across-all-hitsrequests.aspx
 

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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