Posts Tagged: semantics

Back slash versus forward slash

I hear people using these wrong all the time. Here’s a mnemonic device to help keep them straight: think of “forward slash” and “back slash” in terms of them leaning in the direction you’re typing. You type to the right, so when you enter a “/” it’s leaning forward, toward the end of the line, and when you enter a “\” it’s leaning backward, back toward the beginning of the line. Easy! So, urls use…Continue Reading →

Responsive website semantics: let’s avoid discussing multiple “versions” of a site

Let’s be careful when discussing responsive websites to never describe them as having multiple versions. Let’s always talk about the desktop layout or the desktop view, the mobile layout or the mobile view, but never the desktop version or the mobile version. A responsive site is one site that has multiple views, or variable layouts, depending on screen size. I’m a stickler for this kind of semantics, because it’s extremely important that we use the…Continue Reading →

Semantics: Veeva and iRep

If you’ve been in meetings with me, you might wonder, why does Manning always say “Veeva iRep” instead of just “Veeva?” There’s a reason. Veeva is a software company, and iRep is their iPad presentation platform, i.e. just one of their products. (Other Veeva products that we work with include Vault, Approved Email, etc.) A lot of folks — our clients and our colleagues — refer to the iRep platform as Veeva. This is inaccurate….Continue Reading →

Semantics: overlays versus pop-ups

An overlay is a box or content area that appears overlapped onto a website. It exists within the same window as the website, so it doesn’t have an address bar at the top. It typically has a transparent color that masks out the full-screen page behind it. Overlays are built with javascript (often jquery) and are widely compatible across browsers and devices. They can contain any kind of content; text, graphics, links, etc. They often…Continue Reading →