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My First "Let's Encrypt" Cert
Now that it is in beta, I decided that I should request HTTPS certificates through the new Let's Encrypt certificate authority. It is free, secure, and provides a unique way of requesting certificates.
There have been lots of problems with my GNUsocial instance, starting at the very beginning with Identi.ca and firstname.lastname@example.org (which rendered Identi.ca users unable to subscribe to me). I've learned a lot, but now I feel like I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place.
I have been working with base64 encoding a lot recently, specifically regarding image files. Using base64 is a cool way to embed images in your CSS, and happens to be useful when writing Django tests that involve an image file field.
On the surface, the concept of an "evergreen" browser – a browser that is always updated to the latest version – sounds like a no-brainer. Finally, browser makers have delivered us from the hell that was stagnant browser versions! IE6 is dead, and will never return!
I recently checked out the browser statistics page over at W3 Schools, and was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The chart indicated that Firefox had grown to a 31% market share in the year of January. Holy smokes! Do we have the kind of leverage we need to influence the standards compliance of Microsoft'sInternet Explorer? Will they finally have to clean up their act to stay alive in the browser game?
I've been exploring the way Internet Explorer 7 handles things, and I'm overwhelmingly disappointed. IE7 suffers from the same "Microsoftitis" as most Microsoft products - which means that it behaves the way Microsoft believes it should, and not the way the rest of the world does.
Recently, I've been able to make a layout for Warren County that is too good to be true. It is completely standards compliant (xHTML 1.0 Strict, even!), very accessible (passes automatic verification on Sec. 508 and others) and still looks half good. It also works on all major browsers, degrades beautifully on those that don't support CSS, and only has some minor hiccups on browsers that have... "misguided" CSS support. It's taken tons and tons of work, and I just about peed my pants when I finished it. To a web designer, this is a thing of beauty. This is what we strive for.
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