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Mid-March Link Dump

Comics Grammar & Tradition
I once worked on a comic for a marketing campaign and foolishly assumed the illustrator would know these conventions as they seemed so intuitive to me.
Specify your canonical
A way to avoid duplicate content using a link tag; also supported by Yahoo! and Microsoft.
Saturday Morning Watchmen
It’s been linked from everywhere recently (often to the inferior YouTube version though) but deserves every bit of attention, fantastic stuff.
Survey of Preferences of Screen Readers Users
The clearest findings seem to be that headings and search are important, pop-up windows and Flash are a pain. Also some interesting preferences regarding image alt attributes.
The “I Can Read Movies” Series; Harry Potter Redesign; Video Game Classics
Alternative cover designs. Bonus design-related link: Tape Cassette Inserts (this one is amazing)
How To: DIY $10 Macro Photo Studio
I’ve had to resort to building things like this in the past to cobble together half-decent photos.
Paper Toys!
Kids love this stuff. So do bored adults with colour laser printers in their offices.
Caravan
A sanctuary in the woods.
The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
For all of your integer sequence needs.
cufon
Another way to embed fonts, using canvas or VML rather than Flash. Bonus font-related link: Not a Font
The mystery of Ireland’s worst driver
Oops.

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