Author Archives: Peter Wilson

About Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson is a Web developer based in Melbourne, Australia, and started making Websites in 1994.

Peter co-founded web production studio Soupgiant in 2009 and forms opinions on all things web at Big Red Tin.

Quick Notes: Faux Columns Revistited

It’s time to update Dan Cederholm’s faux columns to take advantage of CSS3 gradients and reduce http requests.

Behind the Websites: WordPress Theme Elements

When producing a theme, we try not to limit the website owner’s options within the WordPress Dashboard. The owner may wish to enable an option down the track and be disappointed to find they can’t.

Quick Notes: How we do IE Hacks

We’ve recently changed the way we do IE hacks at Soupgiant. For years we were using conditional comments to load separate CSS files.

Quick Notes: Big Red Framework on

Big Red, the Soupgiant WordPress framework, has been added to the theme repository.

Behind the Websites: Maintaining Link Focus

Anyone who has attempted to navigate a web page using the keyboard will have experienced sites that remove the default a:focus style without adding in a replacement.

Behind the Websites: Minimum Page, A CSS Base

We decided to release Soupgiant‘s CSS base to the world at large, you’ll find it at

Business: Euthenasing Internet Explorer 6

Much of the time website owners & developers decide to drop IE6 support and they forget a key tenet of customer service: it has to be focused on the customer!

Quick Notes: Putting the “distributed” in CDN

I wrote yesterday that Google appeared to have taken the distributed out of their public CDN hosting a variety of JavaScript libraries. I even provided some trace routes comparing their CDN to Microsoft’s. I was wrong.

Quick Notes: Taking the “distributed” out of CDN

Over on Twitter @bobearth prompted me to do run some trace routes against the Google CDN and compare it to the Microsoft CDN. It appears Google have taken the distributed network out of their CDN.

Behind the Websites: !important is Important

The !important declaration has really bad reputation, and deservedly so. As is often the way, this reputation results from abuse rather an inherent problem with the property itself.