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Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category

Transify – a jQuery plugin to easily apply transparency / opacity to an element’s background

In my search for a solution to make a background / border of an element transparent, I found that there really isn’t a perfect one that fit a particular need. IE6, IE7, and IE8 do not support CSS3′s alpha background color value nor do older versions of other browsers, 8-bit PNG’s do not look great in Internet Explorer, and other javascript PNG fixes are not great for performance nor will they work on elements with repeating backgrounds. So, I’ve written a great and easy to use solution in the form of a jQuery plugin. Read the rest of this entry

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Oct
24

CSS | Tutorials, Techniques, Hacks, & Resources – MLC#4

Back to the Massive Link Collection Series. This article focuses purely on CSS, and includes a list of my collection of articles and links that I’ve discovered over the past year that I’ve found to be very useful and helpful. These links, in combination with playing around with the Firebug extension for Firefox, will help you master CSS (assuming you’ve already gotten some initial experience with the language).

Once again, a description of these posts: I provide a list of links that I have collected over the past year, as well as all of the Firefox tags that I use to keep them indexed. This gives you a ton of easy and quick resources. If you are unfamiliar with Firefox’s bookmarking system and want to know how to truly take advantage of this post, click here.

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Jun
26

Web Design Inspiration | Galleries, Websites, And More – MLC#3

So here we are, Part 3 of my Massive Link Collection articles. This one is focused around inspirational pieces, and included are links to collections and websites that showcase great web sites, logos, graphics, javascript techniques, CSS, etc. Looking at other quality work is always a great way to get started on a project of your own. If you are stuck on something and need some new ideas, you need not look any further than this post.

Once again, a description of these posts: I provide a list of links that I have collected over the past year, as well as all of the Firefox tags that I use to keep them indexed. This gives you a ton of easy and quick resources. If you are unfamiliar with Firefox’s bookmarking system and want to know how to truly take advantage of this post, click here. Also, be sure to check out the other posts from the series if you haven’t yet: Useful Javascript, jQuery, and AJAX Tutorials and Resources – Massive Link Collection Part #1 and Design Tutorials, How-tos, and Resources for Photoshop and Illustrator – Massive Link Collection Part #2.

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Apr
24

Useful Javascript, jQuery, and AJAX Tutorials and Resources – MLC#1

Welcome to the first post of a series of articles I will be doing that will bestow on you an enormous collection of bookmarks that I’ve horded like a squirrel and his nuts. These blog posts are not going to be your typical lists. These are posts that I have collected over the past year, and they’ve all been bookmarked and tagged for later use. Any good web designer and developer should have a nice bookmark collection; it’s appropriately compared to batman’s utility belt. With Firefox’s bookmarking system that it introduced in Firefox 3, this has become very easy thanks to its tagging system. For example, need to find a quick tutorial on that cool jQuery accordion effect that you found a couple of months ago? Hit CTRL+B, type in jquery accordion and whammo, there is the bookmark you need. This is only my recommendation, so do what you will with these links.

Many of these links are bookmarks to articles that were list themselves, so they included many items. What’s special about this list on Joren Rapini’s blog, you ask? Well, I have graciously copied and pasted the Firefox tags that I use to identify each one of these pages in my bookmarks, so you can copy and paste them right into yours! This should save you a lot of time, and give you an enormous wealth of resources to boot.

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Apr
5

Font Face Replacement Embedding Techniques and Resources

Thanks to current lack of support for and other licensing issues regarding @font-face, we have to turn to other methods of using special fonts on our web pages. But what to choose? There are several great proven methods out there for font face replacements on a website, so today we’re going to take a look at 4 of the bigger ones that I have taken for a spin. I’m going to list for you the pros and cons that I discovered for each method.

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Mar
28

Amazing Web Designer Resource Collection and Color Tools

I was originally going to write a quick post on some color tool resources, being inspired by Well Styled’s brand new revision of their awesome color tool, found here. The Color Scheme Designer has a lot of neat new functions, including generating a preview of a website with the colors that you have picked along with new customization features. I realized that most of the tools I had to write about were already included in this very nice website that Tom Dufour brought to my attention, called Web Designer Heaven.

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Feb
8
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