Give up CSS layouts and use tables

The clock is ticking …. http://giveupandusetables.com/ ( Thanks to Janko Jovanovic for making me aware of this site )

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HTML, CSS, and JavaScript reference at your fingertips: FireScope add-on for Firefox

SitePoint has released the “first phase” of their JavaScript reference, and they’ve also completely redesigned their Reference Site for improved usability. To coincide with the redesign, they’ve released a handy Firefox add-on called FireScope to integrate their HTML and CSS reference (sadly not their new JavaScript reference) into Firebug and your Firefox browser: http://tools.sitepoint.com/firescope Here’s…


Better error messages “are recommended”

A code error tip in Expression Web: “The World-Wide-Web Consortium now regards the attribute ‘[html attribute name]’ as outdated. Newer constructs are recommended.” Newer constructs are recommended? Who talks like that?! With all due respect, some developers talk like that, that’s who. Technical writers are typically responsible for grooming the text that appears in the…

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Who’s editing your CSS?

The vast majority of front end web developers that I’ve met prefer to write their own markup in the code editor rather than let the program generate the markup for them. In fact, it’s a point of pride to hand code because WYSIWYG programs have gotten a reputation for bloated code, mangled tags, and undesirable…


plates overflowing with CSS

I think I’m the only person at Microsoft who brings her own plate to the cafeterias on campus here in Redmond. I’ve gotten a lot of positive encouragement from other people who notice me and my plate, but I’ve yet to see anyone else doing this in my two years here. I do this because…

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Center a page (horizontally) by using CSS

I often see posts in the Microsoft Expression Web discussion forum, asking how to make a web page appear centered in the web browser. One simple method is to surround the contents of your page with a div (if it isn’t already), set the div’s width, and then set the div’s left and right margins to…

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Interactive buttons – a better way using CSS

My inaugural blog post is a tutorial that I promised to create for an Expression Web user a long (too long!) while ago. I promised to show him how easy it is to use CSS instead of the Interactive Buttons feature he relies on in Expression Web. The Interactive Buttons feature generates simple button images…

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