Archive for 2008

Safari CSS text-shadow changes in Leopard 10.5.2

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

I’ve just applied the recent Leopard 10.5.2 update to my iMac at work and noticed that there seems to be some CSS rendering issues with Safari when the text-shadow property is applied to text.

text-shadow: #000 2px 2px 1px; before the 10.5.2 update:
Safari text shadow in 10.5.1

text-shadow: #000 2px 2px 1px; after the 10.5.2 update:
Safari text shadow in 10.5.2

Changing the code back to text-shadow: #000 1px 1px 1px; produces the the same effect as before the update, but now older versions of Safari render the text without the shadow. Is the old version or the new version applying incorrect pixel values?

Flickr: The Commons

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Flickr have just announced The Commons, a collaboration where the Library of Congress has placed over 3000 images from their collection on Flickr. These images have been selected, based upon them not having any known copyright issues.This is similar to what has been done with Picture Australia here at the National Library, but in reverse. Picture Australia incorporates Flickr images with images from Australian cultural institutions – bringing the masses to the museums. The Commons works in reverse, bringing the museums to the masses. This model opens up huge range of possibilities that just aren’t possible with the current version of Picture Australia. Now a user can easily add tags, comments, notes or add location data, greatly enchancing the value of the collections.It’s currently limited to the Library of Congress, but hopefully more museums, libraries and galleries will be added to the project in the near future.