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Working with base64 and images
I have been working with base64 encoding a lot recently, specifically regarding image files. Using base64 is a cool way to embed images in your CSS, and happens to be useful when writing Django tests that involve an image file field.
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CSS Selectors for eBooks
Do you know Jonathan Kulp? If you don't, you're missing out. He is a cool dude.
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New Django Blog is Finished!
Wooo! How exciting! This is the first post I'm making on the new Django-based blogging engine I've been writing. With this, I think the main FragDev.com overhaul is just about finished.
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@font-face, Icon Fonts, and Gnome Character Map
Just a quick post to mention an issue I ran into while working with @font-face for a recent design.
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Now With IE8 Support!
Notice anything different about this site? …well, hopefully not.
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The Problem With Evergreen Browsers
On the surface, the concept of an "evergreen" browser – a browser that is always updated to the latest version – sounds like a no-brainer. Finally, browser makers have delivered us from the hell that was stagnant browser versions! IE6 is dead, and will never return!
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Not an immense update, but I've changed the appearance of my website to correct a few issues. While the appearance of things has drastically changed, the CSS was only slightly tweaked.
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Getreel; youtube-dl wrapped in a web app
My friend Jezra was recently put into the same predicament that I've been in for the last year and a half. We live in beautiful areas that are full of natural splendor, but very light on the technology front. As a result, we both have our Internet beamed to us from frickin' space via a satellite.
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Cool Linux Tool: gcolor2
Just a quick post to highlight a great package I found in the Ubuntu Repositories: gcolor2!
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Custom Color Caution
Just a quick tip to keep in mind when overriding default color values on elements with CSS: Make sure to override all colors involved.
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Browsers Don't Matter
Web development is entirely reliant on browsers to display web sites. Without browsers, the large majority of the Internet would cease to be useful – or functional for that matter. So how is it that browsers don't matter?
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Design and Standards
One of the things I've been doing as of late involves subscribing to the RSS feed of any sites I find in my travels - that is, any feeds I think might provide insight or intelligence. One of the sites I've stumbled upon is Design Meltdown, a design-heavy web site that showcases good design by category (colors, design techniques, genres of page, etc). I'm trying to improve my design skills, so this gives me some creative fat to chew.
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IE8's Three Faces
There has been tons of news recently about IE8. It's extremely early in the browser's development, so take it all with a grain of salt, but it has been announced that IE8 passes the Acid2 test, which means the support for standards should be huge leaps and bounds over IE7, and completely surpassing anything IE6 could have hoped for. In effect, very good news.
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I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to print it anymore.
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Safari's WMODE Blinkey Background Bug
Note: This post is out of date. To see the stunning conclusion, read the update!
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Update: Bye Bye Background Bug
Note: This is an update to an earlier post. To get the whole story, read Safari's Blinkey Background Bug.
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Web Accessibility - Balancing Elephants
Recently, I've been able to make a layout for Warren County that is too good to be true. It is completely standards compliant (xHTML 1.0 Strict, even!), very accessible (passes automatic verification on Sec. 508 and others) and still looks half good. It also works on all major browsers, degrades beautifully on those that don't support CSS, and only has some minor hiccups on browsers that have... "misguided" CSS support. It's taken tons and tons of work, and I just about peed my pants when I finished it. To a web designer, this is a thing of beauty. This is what we strive for.
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Opera 9 Stole My Brain
First of all, let me disappoint you by starting off with a disclaimer: This probably won't be as funny as it could be. If you're looking for ha has, check out PinkDot [slashdot.org]; a new, softer, pinker, more unicorn-laden side of the News for Nerds.
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