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Apr 30

The XHTML/CSS template phase of my new blog, part 2

34 comments 2006 at 12.46 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

In part 1 I’ve showed you how I divided the design into different container div areas. In this post I’m going more into detail on the CSS/XHTML of the horizontal navigation. As I mentioned already in part 1, I use a technique called the Navigation Matrix written by Didier Hilhorst. In this technique, you use only 1 background image for the whole navigation. This background image is then placed to its pixel precise position using CSS background positioning.

Apr 24

The XHTML/CSS template phase of my new blog, part 1

46 comments 2006 at 02.06 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Most of you might already know that if you create your pages using CSS, you need to switch off ‘slice-mode’. Slicing and tables are yesterday’s news if you are a web professional. I guess I don’t have to explain why, so we move right onto the practical question: How did I start converting my blog design? First you need to analyze your design and define the areas that will be converted into a container div using an ID or a class.

Apr 18

Internet Explorer 7 and phantom spaces when using lists

28 comments 2006 at 03.05 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Microsoft released a new Beta preview release of IE 7 at MIX06 a few weeks ago and said that it is feature complete and that no stuff will be added anymore. For me this was the perfect opportunity to test how my blog renders with this new version. For those who have no intension to read further I can say the browser is doing very well and there was only 1 minor issue but more on that later. There are still some bugs left but to me it is surprising that Microsoft is actually listening to us now and that alone is a very welcome change. The IE team has also set up an Internet Explorer Feedback site and issues reported during the IE 7 Beta 2 will be looked at. They will do their best to fix issues reported. So that’s why I wrote this article.

Apr 14

Flickr badge W3C valid

43 comments 2006 at 07.00 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Some of you might be interested in how the Flickr pictures are implemented on my blog. I use the HTML version of the Flickr badge. After completing the 5 steps you’ll get the code that you’ll need to implement in your site. As we like to keep things clean and W3C valid, we need to do some ‘house cleaning’ first. The styles that Flickr provide are of no use to me so I throw them out and we’ll control everything in our own (external) stylesheet…

Apr 10

René Albert Chalet font designer of my titles

22 comments 2006 at 02.09 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

You can’t believe how many times a week I get the question what the font’s name is that I use for my titles on this site.  So high time for an introduction to René Albert Chalet, the designer of the lovely Chalet typeface. René Albert Chalet could easily be one of the most underappreciated typeface designers in history. He did significant contributions to the fashion industry (especially prêt-à-porter clothing in the 1960s and ‘70s) and to the world of type, yet he still is an elusive figure. His main contribution is setting the commercial model for the present fashion industry.

Apr 06

Pushing Illustrator and Photoshop to its limit

40 comments 2006 at 05.54 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Prepare yourself dear readers because you’ll get a jaw dropper when checking out what follows! The first link is something that I already posted way back in 2004, but it seems that the author Kevin Hulsey has added another cruise ship called “Empress of the seas”. It took even more hours then the one I linked to in 2004 (720 hours).

Apr 02

Interview with Bruno from Ibiza

12 comments 2006 at 08.24 am posted by Veerle Pieters

I'm kinda hoping that this interview is the start of more interviews with the artists/DJs that I admire. We take off with Bruno from Ibiza, born in the North of France in 1969 (moved to Ibiza in 1994). When he first arrived on the island he played in local bars and later opened his own music store. In 1997 he became resident dj at the famous sunset bar Café del Mar in San Antonio. He had the difficult task to replace Jose Padilla, one of the most important ambient & downtempo DJs around the world. So I hope you'll enjoy this session as much as I did.

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