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Making the Blog…

November 10 2007

It’s amazing how difficult it is (for me) to start a blog. Like an empty sheet of paper to a writer, an empty blog page is a hurdle to surmount. There’s something about all the possibilities of what could be written that make that first etching have much more gravity. Or maybe I’m just procrastinating.

This blog will be devoted to my notes about design and the web. Maybe it will be most useful as a repository of virtual sticky notes to myself. Hopefully, it might be something more.

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The SecondTest of Blog Administration is….

November 10 2007

….making adjustments to make all the settings correct.

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The First Test of Blog Administration is….

November 10 2007

….making all the settings correct.

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Discussing: Cross-Browser Variable Opacity with PNG: A Real Solution: A List Apart

August 18 2005

The problem occurred when I tried to create a rollovers effect on a Suckerfish dropdown menu for my revised TAI layout. The sub-menu pops up over a section that had a background image. The sub-menu background was supposed to show a screened version of that background (like looking through a transluscent screen.) It worked fine in Firefox and Opera but I couldn’t get it to work in IE. And I was using an alternate image on the li hovers to simulate the transparency. The problem occurred in IE because it positions the background image from the origin of the li instead of from the origin of the containing div. I wasn’t able to work around this. Instead, I turned to utilizing PNG images for the background, because PNG supports transparency. This came in useful for a problem I was having, Discussing: Cross-Browser Variable Opacity with PNG: A Real Solution: A List Apart. IE requires a hack in order to display PNG files with transparency. I modified the solution in the article to avoid javascript and simply put the necessary attributes in the inline stylesheet.

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Making Firefox Handle Multiline Pasted URLs

August 9 2005

More Firefox hacking: Making Firefox Handle Multiline Pasted (“Broken”) URLs (by Jeremy Zawodny). I wonder what else one can make Firefox do if one just knew where to look.

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Firefox popups | www.petebevin.com

August 4 2005

Coming upon this link, showing how to prevent pop-up windows in Firefox is timely since I’ve been noticing pop-up windows getting through lately (www.m-w.com.) Apparently developers have been taking advantage of the Flash plug-in to launch pop-up windows. By adding a value to Firefox’s config file it disables pop-ups from plugins.

There’s further info at on Mozillazine (link found in comments to above article): say goodbye (again) to pop-ups! which has an extension (in beta) that takes care of these sort of pop-ups and pop-unders.

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Declared Element Reference

March 29 2005

Note to self: This link, Declared Element Reference helped congeal the whole idea of explicitly referencing controls in Visual Basic programming for me. Thanks to this and this reference, ceTe.DynamicPDF.PageElements.Label, which described the correct tree.

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Fixing Firefox PDF Plug-in

February 14 2005

I recently upgraded from Adobe Acrobat 6.0 to Acrobat 7.0 Professional and encountered a problem whenever I tried to open PDF files from Mozilla Firefox. The base installation of Acrobat 7.0 doesn’t seem to update the Firefox plug-in. I discovered how to do it manually from this post in the Adobe support forums, Adobe Forums – PDF won’t open in Mozilla or Firefox browser windows – how to restore plugins?.

Essentially, you just copy the latest version of the plug-in, nppdf32.dll from the Acrobat 7.0 folder to the Firefox plug-in folder.

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Multiple Column Lists, Part III

February 3 2005

I’m finding out a few things about using ems as the measurement units for web pages:

I’m sure there’s more but this format of taking notes isn’t conducive to jotting stuff down.

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moreCrayons – Web-Smart Palette

December 7 2004

One of these days I’ll organize all these links I leave for myself, moreCrayons – Web-Smart Palette

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