Month: October 2008

iframes and cross-domain security

I’m working on an HTML-based course interface that serves up content in an iframe. I had everything working great until I needed to move the content to one domain while hosting the interface on a different domain (kind of a simplified home-brewed CMS approach). BAM! Cross-domain security issues. Course interface dead in the water.

Just say no to corporate drone

I don’t often link to other blogs, but I think Cathy Moore has written a very good overview of a common issue: corporate-speak killing readability. Quick ways to increase your score and sound like a human being Say "you" and "we." Cut 98% of adjectives and adverbs. Write active sentences that make clear who does what. Use strong verbs instead of wimpy "is." Look for tacked-on clauses ("blah blah, which", " "blah blah, because"). Turn them into standalone sentences. This is important not just for courses, but for documentation and specifications, too; no one likes to read what Cathy calls …

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Introducing PDFObject

I recently worked on an e-learning course that required embedding some PDFs into an HTML file. PDF embedding piqued my curiosity, and has become something of a pet project. I decided it would be nice to have a JavaScript script that could dynamically embed PDFs as easily as SWFObject allows SWF embedding. I managed to whip up a script, and decided to name it PDFObject. (I know, I know… what a creative name!) As you may have inferred from the name, the concept and functionality is pretty similar to SWFObject.

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