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Feb 28

CSS flyout submenus, update

4 comments 2004 at 12.30 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

I promised to keep you up-to-date, so here it goes... I'm still not there yet but I got some extra big help from a member of my blog, Travis. He did an amazing job by adding another script for the submenu and he also turned my tabled layout into CSS. Except for the dropdowns, everything is rendered by CSS now. Thanks Travis! :-) And to the others as well.

Feb 27

I need some IE fixing

5 comments 2004 at 01.09 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Today I had to do a rush job in CSS and XHTML. All went smoothly until I previewed my work in Internet Explorer 6 on PC. My buttons kind of jump or move when you roll over them and my fly-out submenus isn’t perfectly positioned either, it partially overlaps the main menu and they appear below my content on the right…. First thing you’ll notice is that I use table tags, but I’m still in the middle of things and I’m going to change this at a later stage when I have more time. Right now the only thing that matters is getting this menu right.

Feb 26

Design seem to be a hot issue these days…

4 comments 2004 at 12.16 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

There is a lot of discussion going on lately about the importance of design in weblogs and also in how far we are considered as designers within the function of a web designer. How important is the design part of a web project? Are we just some small part of the entire process? Is design just something we can ignore in a weblog? That's what Microsoft engineer Robert Scoble is saying:

"Forget making it pretty. If you try to make it pretty we'll just read it in our RSS News Aggregator which doesn't pass along design info anyway."

This got me thinking beyond weblogs.

Feb 25

Cool frames in Photoshop CS

1 comments 2004 at 11.49 am posted by Veerle Pieters

I’ve been using Photoshop CS for a while now and some of the new features are really cool. For instance the previews of the Artistic, Brush Strokes, Distort, Sketch and Stylize filters are very handy. You get a good idea of what the filter will accomplish after applying it.

Feb 24

What are you watching lately?

9 comments 2004 at 09.37 am posted by Veerle Pieters

24 I always look forward watching 2 episodes of 24 on Sunday evening. It keeps you nailed to your chair, you almost start sweating by the tension and action during the episodes. I’ve never seen anything more thrilling as 24. Alias comes very close, but still, if I really have to choose which one is the most thrilling one I would say 24.

And boy, time flies! Before you know it you see the last seconds of that hour always ending with an open answer and a big question mark on what will happen next. Always when you think Jack Bauer or Kim are out of the woods, the next trap, threat or danger lurks around the corner.

We are watching the 2nd season of 24 here in Belgium and I must say the 1st season was really OK, but with this 2nd season it’s like the writers got the hang of it and dropped all boundaries.

Feb 23

How to get validated when using Flash

14 comments 2004 at 01.23 am posted by Veerle Pieters

stars It took you countless hours of research, blood, sweet and sometimes even tears when looking for a solution to build a standard website that validates and looks good in every modern browser. So now you want to add a little Flash movie as icing on the cake. Most people will use the code that Macromedia generates for this.

At first everything looks fine in your browser, that’s until you go back to the W3C to see if it validates. What follows is pure frustration grrrl… Your hard work down the drain because it no longer validates anymore because of Flash.  Look at this ‘bad’ example to see what I mean. Click on the link at the bottom to check the validation and see the long list of errors.

Feb 20

Colors Part II - The Color calculator

12 comments 2004 at 02.25 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Last week we talked about colors and its relation to design. A lot of helpful tools were posted in the comments but today I came across another one, it’s an interactive color calculator that lets you play with complementary colors. It can even translate your colors into CMYK which can be handy if you also need the colors for print.

Feb 19

iCapture a handy tool for PC developers

3 comments 2004 at 12.00 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Today’s post is especially for my PC friends who don’t have access to a Mac when developing a website. So no more excuses ;-)  A cool showcase of programming skills done by Daniel Vine. With iCapture you can take a screen dump of your website as you would view it with Safari 1.2 under MacOS X. I’ve tried it and it works great. Ideal for cross browser testing. Within 30 sec you have your screen dump as long as the queue is empty. The screen dump is saved for 24 hours in the PNG format. The real deal is of course much better, but this way you get an idea if your page looks right. iCapture is quickly approaching 24,000 uses and hopefully a few more after my post here ;-)


Feb 18

Serial numbers, logins and passwords… What a mess!

0 comments 2004 at 03.46 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Over the years I’ve “collected” so much serial numbers, logins and passwords that it’s always a pain when I need to look up something. There is a limit on how much software boxes you can stack, especially if you’re a regular updater and use a lot of programs. My office life was pretty much a mess until I discovered this handy tool that organizes all of this.

Feb 17

CD’s or Vinyl?

9 comments 2004 at 12.05 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Most people don’t listen to vinyl records anymore. But maybe you didn’t know that they are still out there, mostly as 12” for DJ’s to mix at parties. I remember when the CD came out people said that vinyl will die a quick death, but now many years later it’s still alive. Probably the most famous vinyl player of all times is the Technics 1200. All well-known DJ’s prefer this turntable. I still think that vinyl sounds a lot better then CD’s, it has a richer/warmer sound in my opinion.

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