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We're delighted to say that the the Revolt web site is launching today. We've given our web properties a top-to-bottom overhaul to make your surf experiences easier. Powered by the TYPO3 content management system, the website has been redesigned and rebranded.

What's new?
The new website features a flurry of blogs, social-networking tools (Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Virb), company news, and web development industry insights. Additionally, we have added a blog where we will post news, photos, tips, and cooperative articles that we hope you find very useful. Get a head stat by subscribing today to our blog's RSS feed.

Simply navigable
The website also comes along with a new, more usable interface and a clean and simple navigation structure. We hope you find this improved website easier to use.

As always, we'd love your feedback on the new design.

The TYPO3 Core Team announced today the third and final beta release of TYPO3 version 4.3. Since the first beta version served as «feature freeze», this release is more focused on bugfixes than new features.
According to the TYPO3 Newsfeed the final version is expected to be ready by the end of November 2009.

Read the full story on news.typo3.org »

WordPress 2.8.6 fixes two security problems that can be exploited by registered, logged in users who have posting privileges. If you have untrusted authors on your blog, upgrading to 2.8.6 is recommended.
The first problem is an XSS vulnerability in Press This discovered by Benjamin Flesch. The second problem, discovered by Dawid Golunski, is an issue with sanitizing uploaded file names that can be exploited in certain Apache configurations. Thanks to Benjamin and Dawid for finding and reporting these.

Get WordPress 2.8.6 here »

Web site footers

As you might already be familiar with the «footer» subject, a footer is the last and probably most significant element in modern web design, as well as the coolest place to put social network updates, popular posts, bookmarks, recent comments, and photo streams.

Smileycat.com recently posted a nice showcase of cool website footer design examples (85 examples). Go ahead and check out these footers, which make it stand out of the rest.

See all footers on smileycat.com »

virb.com

There has been a lot of internet talk about the poorly designed Myspace interface, and a huge mayority of web designers may agree that Myspace could do a lot better than that. However, despite the ugliness of the site (it doesn't follow nearly any visual design principles), Myspace is still very successful. Although «un-designed» sites are painful to look at, in the end they are about function (and Myspace did a great usability job).###MORE###

Competition grows
Apart from Facebook, there have been plenty of Myspace wannabe's coming up over the last couple of years, but none of them being able to come close to it's success. But there is one underdog, that is making waves: Virb.com. Virb originally launched its social network two years ago as something of an experiment, and has since grown to a user base of around 250,000 users, including many musicians who use the site to share their music and find fans.

Full CSS/HTML editing
A main difference of Virb over Myspace is looks. Virb looks ways lot better. And for those who enjoy customizing profiles, Virb offers full CSS and HTML editing. Another way of changing the layout is the abilty for users to «skin» their profiles. Skins are similar to WordPress themes, in that they can totally change the appearance of a profile. The new skins allow users to differentiate themselves, and also allow users to drag-and-drop widgets in their profiles to rearrange their layouts.

The new Myspace?
Virb.com is definitely well designed, clean, sleek, polished, and modern. The site is one of the only true Social Network platforms released in the last two years. But I personally don't think they will replace MySpace. Why? Because looks aren't just enough to pull users out of MySpace. The large majority of MySpace folks don't seem to care neighter about the ugly layout, nor how their sites look like. But I do think Virb.com will capture or is capturing a lot of users that have already left the MySpace community.

Sign up and have a go yourself on Virb.com.

Google has released the source code for the ChromeOS operating system at an event at the company's Mountain View offices. The event saw Google give the first details of the new operating system which was announced in July this year. ChromeOS has been described by Google as «our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be». Traces of the browser-centric system had only been spotted in changes in the source of Chromium Browser. Google have now taken the wraps off ChromeOS and ChromiumOS, the open source version, which it expects to launch on devices in the fourth quarter of 2010. The company has released the source code to ChromeOS to allow technology partners, the open source community and other developers to collaborate on the work bringing the operating system to market. Google also announced that they have opened up their design documents for the operating system to allow developers to get a better idea of where Google want to take ChromeOS.

Source: h-online.com

By the end of November the TYPO3 Association released the newest version of their Open Source project TYPO3. The latest version 4.3 comes packed with numerous brand new features and improvements. Highlights include the completely new Frontend editing module and the integration of Extbase and Fluid. Additionally, TYPO3's already excellent security features have been improved even further.###MORE###

Intuitive and stress-free
The completely revised Frontend editing now provides a modern look and feel, and makes working with content intuitive and stress-free. Using «drag & drop», content elements can be moved or deleted, lightbox-based editing takes place directly on the page, and the entire page no longer needs to be reloaded when you use AJaX-technology to save changes. TemplaVoila as well as classic templating are of course fully supported. However, the new Frontend editing is not part of the TYPO3 Core, and has to be installed as a «feeditadvanced» extension. This allows updates of the extension in a more frequent and convenient way.

Migration to version 5
The two extensions «Extbase» and «Fluid» smooth the way for a carefree migration to TYPO3 version 5. Both extensions are backports from FLOW3 and therefore already allow future-proof development using TYPO3 version 4. Using Extbase, developers can use the MVC-Concept (Model View Controller) for development, while simultaneously ensuring compatibility with TYPO3 version 5. With Fluid, TYPO3 version 4 is expanded with a new and highly flexible templating engine. Fluid combines established ideas and concepts from different templating approaches.

Improved security
Although TYPO3 is considered to be one of the most secure Open Source Content Management Systems available, TYPO3 version 4.3 improves security even further. Using «Salted MD5 Hashes» for password storage makes unauthorised decryption nearly impossible. At the same time this function can be used transparently in custom extensions. Sensitive data can be transferred over a secure channel using RSA authentication even if the website does not support HTTPS. Furthermore, authentication of frontend and backend users is now optionally possible over OpenID.

More convenient backend
Besides improved security, TYPO3 users can look forward to having a more convenient TYPO3 backend. A Flash uploader allows simultaneous uploading of multiple files. Automatic code completion and an integrated documentation with intelligent as-you-type suggestions have been added to the TypoScript Editor, t3editor. This will especially help beginners learn TypoScript and assist advanced developers in writing error-free code more quickly. For many users the most helpful innovation may be the new recycler. It allows restoring of deleted records in a convenient and uncomplicated way.

Easier task management
Thanks to the new system scheduler, the TYPO3 Core now offers a central location to manage tasks which should happen on defined dates or at regular intervals. This no longer requires the creation of several CRON jobs on the server — every extension can now create its own tasks and have them executed by the system scheduler. Management of tasks is straightforward using the system scheduler backend module.

Conditions in TSconfig
Backend developers can now also use conditions in TSconfig. This has already long been possible in the frontend using TypoScript, but with TYPO3 version 4.3 this feature is now also available for PageTSconfig and UserTSconfig. Integration of the well-known JavaScript framework Ext JS as a common library offers simple yet powerful possibilities to create attractive user interfaces. For example, Ext JS supports grid views, dialog windows and dynamic panels and a lot more.

«Deprecation log»
Searching for deprecated functions in custom extension will be a lot easier now with a «deprecation log». Developers can check the log entries and update their extensions, since these deprecated functions will be removed completely with TYPO3 version 4.5 at the latest. The error and exception handling of FLOW3 has also been backported, in line with the goal of easing the transition between TYPO3 versions 4 and 5.

Performance improvement
Website projects relying on high performance will profit from two new features in TYPO3 version 4.3. Autoloading only loads files into the memory that are really needed for an application. This results in a dramatic improvement of performance. The new optional caching framework which was backported from FLOW3 also adds to performance. It offers different methods to store data in the database, in the filesystem and in memcached environments. Furthermore, cache entries can be tagged, giving developers more flexibility.

Read the full story on news.typo3.org »

Web Typography Mistakes

Web Typography is more than just choosing a font family. Using a web font because it looks fancy or cool might bring acceptable results, but really practicing the art of typography requires a deeper understanding of typefaces and their use. Picking an attractive font is one thing, but using it properly is as important as its look. Typography is a essential part of Web design, and unfortunately many designers overlook it. Spending more time on your website typography and avoiding common web typography mistakes won't hurt your site's design. Far from it! It will help to improve readability and increase reader comfort of your website.###MORE###

Below is a list of 10 common mistakes to avoid in your web typography, and details on how to fix them.

1. Using too much emphasis
You can bold, italicize or underline text. You can even use all caps if you really need to stress something out. Just don't use more than one at the same time.

2. Too many fonts at once
Don't use more than two typefaces (one for headlines and one for everything else). Also, don't use too many font sizes, colors, or treatments per page.

3. Improvising symbols
A copyright symbol hacked together out of a capital C and parenthesis isn't really sexy. Use ASCII Character Codes for HTML instead (©).

4. Double-spacing between sentences
The debate over how much space to put between sentences may seem petty, but often it's the little details that make or break a design. The use of proportionally spaced type makes two spaces at the end of a sentence unnecessary (if they ever were). The extra spacing is often distracting and unattractive. Therefore, onlyuse single spaces between sentences.

5. Misuse of the dash
A common typographic error is the misuse of the dash. If you need to set off parenthetical elements, do it with an em dash (—) instead of a pair of minus signs.

6. Not enough leading
Leading/linespacing can improve the overall readability of large blocks of text on a page, making it easier on readers to follow lines of text without losing their place. Too little can cause a cramped feeling. It's important to remember that different fonts need different linespacing. Varying heights in letterforms may demand more or less.

7. Three little dots...
What you see above is just three periods, not a true ellipsis. Want a proper ellipsis? OK then: (…)

8. Not all sans serif fonts are created equal
Just because a font is sans serif doesn't guarantee legibility. And while the fancier fonts may look great in titles, they can be hard to read in paragraphs.

9. Mixing serif and sans serif fonts
Avoid mixing serif and sans serif fonts. The transition between reading such different types of fonts can slow down a reader.

10. The hyperlink issue
Don't contradict common web practice in your use of type styles. For instance, avoid using colored, underlined text for anything that's not a hyperlink.

Wordpress

The long awaited version 2.9 of WordPress, codenamed «Carmen», is now out! The development team worked very hard to have the new version ready before Christmas. And yes, they did a great job!

For those of you who don't know what WordPress 2.9 has to offer, check out a full list of all new features on wordpress.org. You can download the latest version manually by going here. Or by going to your blog's dashboard and clicking on Tools > Upgrade.

Okay, that's it for 2009. We all wish you a merry christmas and great holidays. Hope to welcome you back on this site in 2010!

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