Anne van Kesteren


I have written my first article ever! It is probably going to be published somewhere today on naar voren, a Dutch web magazine for web professionals. Although I am kind of new in this world (over 1 year now). I think my personal weblog (what you are reading now) was the reason I was asked (I was contacted by the mail form on this site :-)) and I felt really flattered. I never thought I was asked to write an article.

Coming up with a subject was hard and there was some confusion between me and Robert Jan Verkade. That was mostly my fault. Fortunately I got some extra time, and when I finished writing Breng detail aan in je markup. I was asked to send it to Kristiaan Thivessen (designer at cinnamon). When he mailed it back to me he was kind of playing the 'devils advocate' and I had to rewrite some parts :-). I think I really learned a lot from him about writing an article for non-technical people. The basics were correct I think, though it was to technical, it probably still is, but now it is far more understandable.

If you have any negative (or positive) feedback you can comment here if you wish. naar voren hasn't got any comment system yet, though you could send an e-mail I will get eventually.

It is online: click!


  1. Congratulations!

    Posted by Jeroen at

  2. Nice and clear article. It tipped some points I usually forget to apply in my HTML. And I think it is really readable for the non-techies.

    But I was wondering (I am new to aural stylesheets), is there a simple way to test aural stylesheets, before you publish them to the mainstream?

    Posted by JW at

  3. great stuff! congratz m8...i haven't read it all yet...but it definitely looks good! The article can be found here...

    keep it up!

    Posted by Aratramba at

  4. Congrats on your first Naar Voren article. I'll go and read it now ;-)

    Posted by Rogier at

  5. Very nice indeed, I'm going to read it now.

    I hope we are going to hear more about you. I've been writing for a Dutch magazine for almost a year and a half, and it is very nice to do. It's something else than programming and designing ;).

    Mark Monster

    Posted by Mark Monster at

  6. Well done, Anne. It is good that your tireless pursuit of web standards is now receiving recognition. Is there an English language version?

    Posted by Simon Jessey at

  7. Somehow Dutch doesn't seem too hard to read, when you know the topic is about separation of HTML structural markup combined with CSS and semantics.

    You also noticed many authors are oblivious to the above fact and the real world benefits of using both in an efficient manner even though we are lumbered with outdated user-agents, well-done sir.

    Posted by Robert Wellock at

  8. Thanks for the comments!

    Probably the best solution is to make sure they validate and I think you must have some understanding on how they work. The rules supplied in the article are valid and are correct according to the W3C specifications.

    Posted by Anne at

  9. Styling <q> can, as you show in the article, become pretty involved.

    Have you seen Mark Pilgrim on this?

    I still think what Mark calls the “pragmatic” solution is the preferable one. But sometimes it’s fun not to be pragmatic.

    I liked the reference to IE:

    Bad browser, no biscuit.

    And you want two installations of it!

    Posted by Michael at