Archive for the 'Web Design' Category

Rounded Corners in Paint Shop Pro

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

Paint Shop Pro 7 and 8 do a very poor job of creating rounded corners if you create a rounded rectangle. It has frustrated me to no end. Ironically PSP 6 made perfectly fine rounded corners. What gives? Fortunately I found this tip: how to round corners (it is a ways down in the tips). […]

Rounded Corners in Paint Shop Pro

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

Paint Shop Pro 7 and 8 do a very poor job of creating rounded corners if you create a rounded rectangle. It has frustrated me to no end. Ironically PSP 6 made perfectly fine rounded corners. What gives? Fortunately I found this tip: how to round corners (it is a ways down in the tips). […]

Making the most of CSS

Thursday, December 9th, 2004

I’m always on the lookout for new ways to tweak CSS for design purposes. The more you can rely on CSS to drive layout, versus images, tables, etc. the faster your site is going to load and the more you’ll distinguish your site from others. Mandarin Design is one such site that is pushing the […]

Google Calculator

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Google has a calculator built into it’s search engine. I never knew that. If you type “meters in mile” for example, it will give you the answer. You can also type typical math problems such as (2*4)+9 and the answer will appear. You can also ask it to return definitions. Type “define: google” for example, […]

On-line Utility to Split Images

Saturday, October 30th, 2004

This is a very neat on-line utility for splitting images. It will build the mouseovers even. It will only work with proportional images needing splitting, but if you only do one every once in a while it might work well for you.

Favicon Builder

Saturday, October 30th, 2004

This little on-line utility will help you build a favicon. You can build one manually if you wish using irfanview and your image editor, but if you don’t need a lot of control, give this a try.

Find a Missing Font

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

Find a missing font by answering a few questions. The bigger the sample you have, the more likely you are to find what you are looking for. Hint, if you don’t know say you don’t.

Introducing sIFR: Headlines in Nice Fonts

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004

I am considering adding Mike Davidson to my personal list of web/html heros. He has something called sIFR (flash replacement of text so a nicer anti-aliased font can be used). Or as he puts it: Introducing sIFR, The Healthy Alternative to Browser Text. I think I will try playing with this. If I understand it […]

XHTML/CSS layout generation

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

CSS on the fly at this site. You can try various layouts via drop down and radio buttons and the css is generated for you.

some nice image links

Friday, October 15th, 2004

This lady has some nice image links in her blog.

Google: Hard Drive Now Searchable

Friday, October 15th, 2004

Google has done it again, come up with something for free that will make your life easier, and finding what you lost possible. How often do you have to look all over your computer for something? Cannot remember where you left it etc. Google now offers a 400k download that will index your hard drive […]

Picasa: how much does it cost?

Friday, September 3rd, 2004

I love Google. At the bottom of a recent Google search up pops a promo for Picasa. It said: You can find any image you want on the Web. How about on your own computer? Albums. Editing. Printing. Sharing. Try Picasa, Google’s new photo organizer. Free Download! Now I have to tell you, it looked […]

Do the sight impaired like your website?

Friday, July 16th, 2004

The world has millions of sight impaired people, Australia has at least 300,000, and other countries have an order of magnitude more. Should they be discriminated against by web designers? Most countries have laws that give an emphatic NO! In fact, there have been court cases where companies have been sued for not providing for […]

Scintilla and SciTE

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

SciTE Text Editor is a very nice text editor for syntax highlighting in many languages. Cheers Don

Rename files with this utility

Friday, April 30th, 2004

This is a great little Rename Files Utility that I have used on occaision. It allows you to preview the damage you are about to do before inflicting it. It is compatible with Windows 95/98/2000/XP.

css Zen Garden: a comic twist

Friday, April 30th, 2004

css Zen Garden: A Comic Twist is to date one of the coolest implementations of the Zen Garden project. The project is simple: take one html page and separate the design from the content. There are thus hundreds and hundreds of designs for this one web page, all enacted simply by switching up the stylesheet.

Nice Color Change via clicks

Sunday, April 25th, 2004

See the Color Change in the top right corner. I really like the simplicity of this. It is just lines like this: <span style=”background: #eeeeee; border: 2px solid #006699″> <a href=”#” onclick=”setActiveStyleSheet(‘default’)” title=”default” style=”text-decoration: none;”>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</a> </span> and then this javascript kicks in to manage the change:

The Regex Coach – interactive regular expressions

Thursday, April 15th, 2004

Now this looks like a nice utility! The The Regex Coach will help you see the effect of a proposed regex (Regular Expression) match using a perl compatible engine. I am going to give this a try. What do you use for this purpose? Leave a comment on what you use. I have always struggled […]

Deprecated HTML tags and alternatives

Monday, April 12th, 2004

For those seeking to drop the outdated, you may wish to reference our page: HTMLfixIT list of Depreciated Tags; or visit codehelp for their list of Deprecated HTML tags and alternatives.

CSS 101: Cascading Style Sheet Beginner’s Course

Monday, April 12th, 2004

Excellent introductory css course called: CSS 101: Cascading Style Sheet Beginner’s Course. Ever notice that out of the millions of pages on the web you wind up at a handful over and over? This is one worth some time.

some sites just look good

Monday, April 12th, 2004

We sometimes lament the fact that we just don’t seem to have that “magic” that makes a site look good and clean. We often wonder is it an inate talent? Is it something that can be learned? How do you get better at it? This site explains a redesign: Maki. I wonder what I can […]

Resize and Rotate Images On-line with this Utility

Wednesday, April 7th, 2004 is a nice little on-line utility you can use to change your images, reduce size, rotate, etc. It seemed to work very well in my tests. It was written by a friend of a prior student of mine, but I resisted any impulse to check out the html coding :-)

DHTML slide-in menu

Sunday, March 28th, 2004

I came across this nifty little DHTML Slide In Menu on another site and decided I liked it enough to track it down. It looked a lot better to me on the site where I found it. What I don’t like is how it acts/reacts when you scroll down as it bounces.

Opaque or Transparent Backgrounds via CSS

Monday, March 22nd, 2004

Some of the cooler looking sites sometimes use transparent layers/div’s to achieve the look. One method to get a transparent background is to use a png image with partial tranparency (see a discussion of that here). Unfortunately, Internet Explorer doesn’t much like png’s unless you go a bit to make them work. You can also […]

Mark-up Plain Text to Valid XHTML

Monday, March 22nd, 2004

How many times did someone send you a word document complete with numbered paragraphs and ask you to convert to (x)html? It happens to me all the time. Next time I am going to try this on-line as it worked very well on a demo. Daring Fireball: Markdown Web Dingus. You can also get a […]

Browser Header Checker

Sunday, March 21st, 2004

Browser Header Checker is a nice little site to check your browser header string, remote address and other browser variables. Very handy.

Color Shorthand RGB in CSS

Saturday, March 20th, 2004

I have been working on understanding CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) better as they appear to be where it is at for good web design. I really enjoy looking around the Zen Garden Project and the Word Press CSS Contest. These are awesome examples of style separated from content. Web hosting is also a service that […]

Independent – Home Page

Thursday, March 18th, 2004

Independent – Home Page is a site that will have various volunteers look through a site on different browsers and provide a report back. Interesting concept as long as the volunteers don’t mind the grind :-)

Color Eye Dropper Nice for Grabbing Quick Color

Thursday, March 18th, 2004

I often am looking at something on my computer and think, now that is a nice color … what is it. In the past I most often look either at the coding (if it is CSS for example) or save the image locally and then look using my photo/image editing software. So today I said […]

New Tute!: The IE5 Box Model Hack and other solutions for fixing IE5/CSS layout problems

Sunday, March 14th, 2004

I have posted a new “tutorial” although it is really just an accumulations of findings I had in trying to solve the broken box model in Internet Explorer 5. This results in problems for css layout sites when viewed in IE5 unless some adjustment is made. In this article, The Box Model Hack and other […]

Google: Risk/Benefit Analysis

Friday, March 12th, 2004

An excellent article on how to use Google’s Search Engine for good and evil: The perils of Googling. It both points out how you should carefully think through what you do in your day to expose data/information, and suggests many helpful ways to use Google to find exactly what you are looking for. Certainly worth […]

Simple CSS Mouseover Text Buttons

Thursday, March 11th, 2004

No JavaScript, no images, no tables! Simple clean Cascading Style Sheet solution to rollover text buttons. The idea and much of the coding for this one came from the yahoo html group. It has been tested in current Internet Explorer/FireFox/Mozilla browsers with success. Demonstration page showing simple text buttons with highlight on rollover. The […]

Use of Iframes in Web Design

Tuesday, March 9th, 2004

I frames are starting to make some interesting site designs possible. The other day we came accross this one which uses a combination of iframes and javascript: Cantalope Music. Click on a link in the left iframe and it will load content in the right iframe and show a different image to the left. When […]

Color Blender – Nice On-Line Utility to Pick Color Gradients

Monday, March 8th, 2004

One of the hardest things for those of us with limited color skills (or is it artistic skills?) is to get a nice set of colors for a site. We have many places we look when we want to find coordinating colors for example. However, one that I really like is this one that allows […]

Special Google Searches

Monday, March 8th, 2004

Ever want to search for something special in Google? They have some special search capabilities, like just Linux, or U.S. Government for example. See this page for the choices: Special Google Searches

Web Design Is A Moving Target

Sunday, March 7th, 2004

If we know one thing for sure it is this: Web Design is not static. Things that were amazing five years ago, or three minutes ago, may not be so amazing any more. The web is the classic open forum where each participant can seek his/her/their own level of sophistication. Often things are collaborative, much […]

What happened on any date in history?

Sunday, March 7th, 2004

This site will tell you what happened on a particular date in history, which may add interesting content to a web site. How much was a gallon of milk, gas, etc. Who was born, what were the headlines? Enter Date (MM/DD/YYYY)   (Be sure to enter slashes in the date. For example: 07/20/1969)       This can […]

Make PDF files from your files

Sunday, March 7th, 2004

I sometimes have documents submitted to me with a request to make them into pdf (portable document format) files so that they will display in Adobes free Acrobat Reader program. I have never had enough demand for this to justify buying the full blown Acrobat program. In the past I often use Corel WordPerfect (because […]

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