Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike (male), Rhodopes, Aug. 2nd, 2009

Red-backed Shrike (male), Rhodopes, Aug. 2nd, 2009Червеногърба сврачка, мъжка (Red-backed Shrike), Родопите, 2-ри август 2009

Photos are from Rhodope mountains, this Summer.

A beatiful bird! And it allowed me to come very close, maybe as close as 3-4 metres away! I got lucky! ;-)

A better, more accessible CSS way to hide outline from links

When starting a new project, I do not use global CSS resets — like Eric Meyer’s excellent CSS reset. That’s why, I rarely have problems with removed outlines from links.

As you probably know, users which do not use a mouse but navigate webpages with keyboard only, need to see outlines on links when they tab through them. This helps them visually understand which link they will activate.

A fairly new trend is to remove (suppress) this dotted outline on links to make pages look “nicer” to the eye. While design may look “nicer” and more “Web 2.0” to some, when this outline is removed, the accessibility aspect of this remains, and it is very serious.

But Roger Johansson suggested a much better approach: remove links from :active state only!

This is the article that he recommends to all Web developers:

Better CSS outline suppression

Basically, what happens:

You remove the dotted outline from links which are only clicked with the mouse, while keyboard users will see the outline normally!

How? Just use this bit of code, and that’s it:

a:active {outline:none;}

Excellent tip!

I promise to myself that if I will ever try to remove the outline from links, I will do it in this, much more accessible way! :-)

Fiesta (Jacques Prévert)

Et les verres étaient vides
Et la bouteille brisée
Et le lit était grand ouvert
Et la porte fermée
Et toutes les étoiles de verre
Du bonheur et de la beauté
Resplendissaient dans la poussière
De la chambre mal balayée
Et j’étais ivre mort
Et j’étais feu de joie
Et toi ivre vivante
Toute nue dans mes bras.

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