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March 2012

Simple Embedded Media
MediaElement.js looks like a pretty slick way to support embedding media (audio or video) into a webpage with robust support.
Wednesday Mar 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

December 2007

Still More 24 Ways
For the third year in a row, Drew McLellan is serving up another 24 helpings of web design/development goodness.  I’ve mentioned the other two years previously, but the annual 24 Ways site is always great. So far, the day one Transparent PNG article, the trick …
Tuesday Dec 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

August 2007

Blueprint CSS Framework
Frameworks seem to be all the rage these days. Blueprint is one for CSS layouts that looks pretty good: customizable grid, default typography, a "reset" for default styling, and more.
Friday Aug 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

September 2006

Automated Image Layouts
Well, I’m way behind the curve on posting this one, but I only just got around to finally reading the article.  Back in the July issue of A List Apart, Harvey Kane shared an article about doing an Automatic Magazine Layout.  Essentially, what it does …
Monday Sep 4, 2006 | 0 Comments

March 2006

40 Layouts, 1 Source has a new Layout Gala feature.  Simply put, it shows you how to achieve an amazing forty different CSS-based layouts all using the same base HTML source.  Not only that, but the layouts have also been “tested successfully on Internet Explorer/win 5.0, 5.5, 6 …
Friday Mar 3, 2006 | 0 Comments

January 2006

Bubbly Tooltips
This site has been using Nice Titles on this site for over two years now.  Well, Alessandro over at has put up an alternate way to do the same sort of thing that he titles Bubble Tooltips.  The functionality is largely the same, but …
Friday Jan 27, 2006 | 3 Comments

December 2005

CSS Star Rater
You’ve no doubt seen these sort of “star raters” before at places like Amazon, Netflix, etc.  When you’re rating an item and mouse over a series of stars, they highlight showing you the number of stars you currently have selected.  Typically, these types of features …
Saturday Dec 31, 2005 | 0 Comments

July 2005

I Sashed My Site
Via Martin “proxima centauri” Breton’s weblog, I came across the Jim Thompson’s journal, and what caught my eye was the post Sash Your Site, where you can put up a diagonal striped banner on the top right hand corner of your web page. I tried …
Thursday Jul 21, 2005 | 1 Comment

April 2005

More ‘Nifty Corners’
Last month I posted about a technique to use degradable javascript and :CSS: to create rounded corners on a page.  Well, the author of that article has updated the technique and now offers more Nifty Corners. The update offers a number of improvements: better browser …
Tuesday Apr 5, 2005 | 0 Comments

March 2005

‘Nifty Corners’ in CSS points us toward this very cool tutorial for Nifty Corners.  What are they?  Rounded corners on elements using CSS and javascript.  I’ve seen a number of techniques for doing rounded corners and virtually all of them rely on one of three things: extra tags …
Wednesday Mar 16, 2005 | 1 Comment

August 2004

IE Whitespace Bug
We all know that :IE: is a mediocre browser at best when it comes to web standards.  Well, here’s yet another fix for a well-known whitespace bug that affects some link lists in IE.  If you read the comments there are several additional fixes suggested. …
Monday Aug 2, 2004 | 1 Comment

July 2004

Clickable Link Images in CSS
Dan Cederholm has put up yet another great article on his SimpleBits site.  This one covers clickable images for link backgrounds.  This really isn’t a new trick for me—I use the same approach for the little graphics next to the external links on this site—but …
Friday Jul 23, 2004 | 1 Comment
Slants in Navigation
SimpleBits comes out with another very nice article.  This one is about Bulletproof Slants used in things like horizontal navigation bars.  There’s certainly nothing revolutionary about the ideas presented but it’s nice to have them summarized. Dan Cederholm also provides some links within the article …
Monday Jul 12, 2004 | 1 Comment

June 2004

Curved Navigation
Orderedlist (and what an appropriate site title that is, as you’ll see) has an article about using :HTML: lists to achieve a curved navigation.  In the past, something like this would almost certainly have been done with an image map.  Now you can get the …
Monday Jun 14, 2004 | 3 Comments

May 2004

3D CSS Box Model
Yet another little tool for people getting into :CSS:.  The 3D CSS box model shows how the box model works: Iíve seen umpteen diagrams showing CSS beginners how padding, border and margin work together, but not the order in which elements such as background colour …
Thursday May 20, 2004 | 6 Comments

April 2004

Starting with HTML & CSS
There really can’t be enough introductory tutorials for constructing website using :HTML: and :CSS:.  I don’t need them myself, but for anyone starting out it can be a very daunting obstacle.  The :W3C: has a nice article on how to start using CSS. This short …
Friday Apr 23, 2004 | 1 Comment

March 2004

Structured, Accessible Tables has a link today to a great article about creating structured tables in :XHTML: (and :HTML:).  It talks not only about the tag, which most people don’t use, but also the , , and tags, which can be used for some really nifty stuff.  …
Wednesday Mar 24, 2004 | 0 Comments
Tutorial: Page Layout with CSS
Here’s a nice, relatively thorough, tutorial on creating a page layout using :CSS:.  This is a nice single-stop style tutorial since it starts out with some introduction about what CSS is, how it works, and progresses from there.  It’s geared toward use alongside their “Style …
Thursday Mar 4, 2004 | 3 Comments

February 2004

CSS ‘max-width’ in IE
Anybody who’s anybody knows by now that :IE: simply isn’t up to snuff with current web standards.  For most users it’s probably “good enough”, but for those of us designing pages and sites, we know that it’s an absolute nightmare to work with.  One of …
Monday Feb 16, 2004 | 0 Comments

January 2004

More Underutilized (X)HTML
Yesterday’s entry about definition lists was, I think, a good one for all web developers but especially so for the slightly less experienced ones.  So I thought I’d point out some other tags that can be very valuable but that don’t typically get the exposure …
Friday Jan 30, 2004 | 4 Comments
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