Archives for May 2006
This site demonstrates a few ways to eliminate the duplicate characters bug, which is one of the most annoying issues in IE 6. The bug causes the last character(s) within a float to appear twice, the second instance being outside the float itself. This issue has stolen many hours of my life and caused more than a couple of headaches. Thanks to Jonathan Snook for the pointer.
Instructables is a website bought to you by the partners at www.squid-labs.com. We make a lot of stuff, for business, and for pleasure. We’ve been looking for a long time for a convenient system for documenting our how-to projects, and the things we make, but it simply didn’t exist. We decided we’d have to develop it ourself, and here it is, it will evolve as we grow to meet our own rigorous demands, and those of our users. Principal in our demands is convenience – it should take less time to document a project than it did to build it.
37signals has set up a flickr stream showing screenshots of various UIs, most of which are Web-related (tag: screensaroundtown). There are some nice components in there, though some of the shots don’t seem to fit the group, like the install window for Adium.
I like the concept for its simplicity of purpose and implementation – it’s a refreshing break from the large sites that gather cool designs from around the Web.
Found via JD on EP.
“The foundational Fonts CSS file offers cross-browser typographical normalization and control.” Thanks Yahoo!
The National Atlas provides “reference and outline maps of the United States that you can print or use online. The reference maps display general reference features such as boundaries, cities, capitals, major highways, rivers and lakes, and terrain. Outline maps showing county boundaries, State boundaries, capitals, or other basic features are also available.” The maps are provided in color, as GIFs and PDFs, but will apparently print out nicely in grayscale.
Code Snippets is an online resource, providing a central user-writable repository for chunks of reusable code. A stroll through the language-agnostic site provides a plethora of tasty bits and bytes from many programming languages and frameworks. Each snippet can be tagged and each tag can be followed via RSS. Users can comment on snippets as well, which is invaluable for anyone deciding whether or not they want to try out a piece of code.
Adding a small stack of books to the invisible bookshelf hides the hardware, creating the illusion that the books are floating in place. Look ma, no hands!
The CSS 2.1 Properties Reference from Cultured Code provides a compact package of CSS specs and their meanings.
Both Draftsman and GuideMaster from AV Bros. look to be very useful for users of Photoshop when the need to create horizontal and/or vertical grids arises, which is damn near every project. Draftsman creates selections within your document, while GuideMaster places guides. I just downloaded the demo versions of each to tinker with them and have been pleasantly surprised. There are a couple of features I would like to see, namely I think Draftsman should provide the option to output as vector objects instead of selections. Also, I think it should mimic Guidemaster’s functionality which allows the designer to use percentage-based values (one third, a quarter…) in addition to the currently supported fixed values (24px). I need to do a bit more testing, but one, if not both should prove to be a worthwhile investment.
An interesting little tidbit I picked up today whilst banging my head against my desk: when Firefox renders a page in Quirks mode, unordered lists that specify ‘disc’ as the bullet of choise are instead rendered with diamonds.