About Nicholas C. Zakas

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The mysterious Wii remote JavaScript API

I remembered some time ago coming across an article over at the Opera Developer Community about a JavaScript API for the Wii remote that was supported in Opera for the Wii. I just went over there tonight and found a mysterious “access denied” message on the page. I then found this post that showed the... […]

New site feeds – please update!

Just a quick note to let everyone know I’m going to be moving the location of the feeds for my site. This is part of my ongoing quest to finally update the design/layout/architecture of this site. I’ll keep the old links working for a bit, but for better forwards-compatibility, please update your favorite newsreader to... […]

PC Magazine: My Yahoo given 4/5

In what will hopefully be the first of many positive reviews this year, My Yahoo! was given a 4-out-of-5 rating in a PC Magazine review. The review, which came out today, makes comparisons against what are perceived to be the two biggest competitors: Netvibes and PageFlakes. The old My Yahoo! seemed to get a little... […]

Can text nodes receive events?

One of the most annoying things that developers discovered when the first DOM-compliant browser, Netscape 6, was released had to do with events. Due to the new DOM event flow model, text nodes could receive events. The result was utterly confusing. Suppose you had the following code: <div id="myDiv">Click Me</div> If an event handler was... […]

How to markup blog comments?

I’m going through the painful process of redesigning my personal site in my spare time…okay, so I don’t really have spare time, but I’m finding a few moments before bed to work on it. I’m trying to make everything semantically correct in terms of the HTML I’m using, with the ultimate goal of top-notch accessibility... […]

Torn between two lovers

She’s a pretty girl, that’s for sure. Everywhere she goes, she gets noticed. It’s that sort of girl-next-door thing that gets everyone’s attention. Some would call her a hippy; she does like wearing her flip-flops and sundresses whenever possible. Growing up in Silicon Valley, she cares about the environment, loves diversity, and needs her double... […]

Getting element dimensions: A follow up

In my previous post I discussed the tragedy of the getBoundingClientRect() method and its different implementations. Reader Jose Jeria pointed out that Opera 9.5 has implemented the method as well and has used the Firefox method of originating at (0,0). Distraught over the need to use browser detection for a cross-browser solution, I started playing... […]

Getting element dimensions

Figuring out exactly where an element is on the page can be confusing. There’s all kinds of things to take into account, and the offsetTop and offsetLeft element properties require funky calculations to determine actual position as you step back up through the document hierarchy. The YUI DOM utility hides the ugliness from you by... […]

Microsoft to buy Yahoo!?

I’m sure by now that everyone has heard that Microsoft has bid for Yahoo! at a price of $31 per share. As you can probably imagine, there’s been a lot of buzz around the office today regarding this, from shock at the movement of the Yahoo! stock to jokes about how this would change our... […]

Book pre-release reviewers wanted

I’m about halfway through writing the second edition of Professional JavaScript for Web Developers, which was my very first book. I had a lot of people sign up to review pre-release chapters of the book as I’ve been writing it. Unfortunately, due to a number of circumstances, I’ve been left with a very small number... […]