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Score with Cascading Style Sheets!

CSS is an exciting feature of HTML that gives Web-site developers more control over how they want their pages displayed by specifying how each element should appear in a style sheet. Prior to the advent of CSS, the layouts of HTML documents were left up to the browsers, whilst HTML tags merely served to define a document’s contents.

Comments in HTML: Who Needs ‘Em!

The other day, I was fixing a client’s HTML web page that was failing to display some essential elements, like header tables, in Netscape 6.2. After a quick inspection, the problem popped right out of the page: they were using invalid comments to document the HTML script.

Understanding the Changes at Google

Despite some misleading news from the rumor mill, Google users can take heart – Google’s new AdWords Select plan is beneficial to both advertisers and users alike. The new initiative not only enables the search engine to increase revenue but also to retain its integrity. Google’s search results will remain as unbiased as ever.

Make Your Identity Available

Knowing The Importance of Corporate Identity
Take a look at big names in the computer industry like Microsoft, Dell, or Macromedia. How many times has Microsoft changed it’s logo in the past 10 years. If you said zero, then you’re right. Microsoft’s logo is the cornerstone of their corporate identity, an identity built up over the past 10 years using countless resources and advertising.

How Meeting ADA Guidelines will Enhance Your Usability

The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990 by Congress as an all encompassing federal civil rights act to give those with disabilities the same working privileges as all citizens (Title I). Since then, four other titles have been added, including public transportation, new construction, etc. The one we will focus on is Title III, the telecommunications act. This title was added on in 1995 as protection for those previously unable to use phones, for example, because of the lack of TTY service. However, a provision was included to make Title III all encompassing to any new or unforeseen technologies that might arise. This was squarely aimed at web sites, which were just beginning their rise in popularity at this time.

Special Characters

In working with graphics and text on a daily basis, I have found a couple of neat special characters that are hidden in most character sets (or fonts). Most of these are common characters, they’re just called by escape sequences (for HTML), or ALT-1234, 1234 being the distinquishing factor. Below is a list of useful characters and how to make them.

Two-Tone Style Pictures
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This style of design is excellent for backgrounds and light accent type work. Make sure you use a fairly simple photograph for this technique, as you’re going to be converting it to two color.

The Infamous ‘Pop Under’

I’m sure you’ve all seen X10.com’s ‘pop-under’ ad on just about every website imaginable. It has been one of the most successful marketing campaigns in the short history of the Internet, mainly because it’s a new form of impression on the potential customer. No one expects a ‘pop-under’ window.

Wireless Markup Language 101

If you missed the previous article that led to this one, you can find it here: http://www.devwebpro.com/2001/0720.html

Below are some of the mechanics of the language:

Creating Web Pages For Phones, PDA’s and Beepers

Wireless devices, like the new phones, PDA’s and smart pagers, are growing in number as people may want to get information immediately no matter where they are. They may want: to check the weather, find a good restaurant, get directions to a movie theater, stock quotes and similar things like airline information. As useful and as popular as these devices are getting, there are a few considerations that need to be addressed that you don’t have to worry about when making regular websites.

Streamlining Production, part 2

Ok. So, you’ve got your site set up? If not, then go back and read the last issue of DesignNewz to help you on your way.


Make a Dent in Your Workload

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing some interesting tutorial based articles on various aspects of design, mostly with Macromedia products. Now, I’d like to try and explain how to combine these tools and methods to streamline your work.

Hierarchy Menus in Fireworks

As many of you are probably aware, the possibilities of Macromedia Fireworks are virtually limitless. You can create banner graphics, logos, and even HTML code from within Fireworks. But I recently picked up one of the cooler features that Macromedia has blessed us with…the hierarchy mouseover button menu.

Cross-Browser Oddities – pt. 2

Last week, I gave a couple of Netscape/IE quirks that could affect you page in a major way! If you missed last week’s article, click here to check it out:


Cross-Browser Oddities

If you have any experience with web design at all, you know that things don’t function the same across browsers. For example, you could design a site that worked fine in Internet Explorer, all of the
text aligned properly, all of the images fitting together…open the page in Netscape, mass chaos ensues…

Watermarking Images

There are several companies which either sell software and/or their watermarking services. Two of the better known companies are, Digimarc and Signum Technologies. Although, there seems to be no foolproof method to protect your images, these companies seem to offer methods more sophisticated than the norm.

Using Fireworks To Create WAP Graphics

I mentioned quite a few different methods of creating WBMP image files back in March, and now I’d like to elaborate on that topic a little more, focusing on Macromedia Fireworks.

Protecting Your Images

Many artists have written me asking about protecting their images. Although there are several software which allow people who want your images to download them from your site, most people just right-click on the image and left-click on the “Save As” option. In order to stop people from right-clicking on your image and then saving it to their hard drive, you can put in this JavaScript in your page:

Customizing Lines in Fireworks

Macromedia Fireworks is the best tool I own for creating web graphics and other such design projects. The fact that it is so extendable, in that you can create your own custom fills, textures, and commands, makes it even more appealing.

Creating Web Page Transitions

Note: These transitions are built for IE 4.0 and above.

Do you want to put a little spice in the transition of your pages like the boxing in or dissolve effect? I do…but I also agree with my housemate Brooks, who doesn’t like using the transitions too much. Why? Well, every time someone hits the “back” button, they have to wait for the transition to occur before they can read your page. When this is an impatient world like the Internet is…it gets old quickly. However, if you are creative and use the transitions sparingly or the “random” effect, you should be able to create web page(s) that have a “techy” feel among the myriad of static pages.

Using Style Sheets To Replace The Font Tag

In the last issue of DesignNewz, we covered the basics of cascading style sheets, their hierarchy, and how to reference them in HTML. In this issue we will go more in depth on style sheets, focusing primarily on the the basics of syntax.

Creating an External Style Sheet

Creating style sheets is fairly simple. To create a style sheet you will need to have some understanding of which selectors, properties and values work together. You can get that information in the CSS Properties section.

The Font Tag vs. The Style Sheet

When hypertext markup language was introduced to the world in 1990 by the W3 group, no one could have possibly known the impact it would have on the world. The language was so simple and direct that it allowed anyone with the desire to learn it to create virtual spaces for information. As the Internet took off, and the browser wars began, more and more functionality was piled into HTML, and by the last release, support for scripting languages, frames, and a host of other things had been included.

Creating Template Driven Websites With Fireworks 4 & Dreamweaver 4

The process of updating your website may seem like a fun task at first. You may feel as though you’re really accomplishing a lot by working with your code and images everyday…getting things just right. But believe me, it’s gets old quick.