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Stylesheets for Printing

Jason from 37 Signals has a great post up on the Signal vs. Noise blog on how simple print stylesheets can be and still be effective. Basically using display: none; enmasse. People don't need your header or your footer or …

August 3, 20070 comments

$5,000 Scholarship Opportunity: Design a WordPress Theme

Daniel Kovach writes in to tell us about a scholarship opportunity for students. Just design a WordPress theme for their new website. The contestants are judged by longtime bloggers like Paul Stamatiou . The winner gets $5,000 and their …

August 1, 20072 comments

Homebase, a Simple Free Template for All

If you are just getting started with CSS, a great way to begin is by downloading a template and playing around with things and seeing what happens. You have to be careful though, some templates are so overly complicated that …

July 31, 20072 comments

ID’s Cannot Start With a Number

Tempted to use something like "1800number_box" for a ID? Don't. Because it won't work. Class identifiers are allowed to start with a number, but ID identifiers are not.

That is all.


If you have already existing HTML using it …

July 30, 200712 comments

CSS3 Multiple Backgrounds Obsoletes Sliding Doors

With browsers that support the CSS3 Spec (Safari only at the time of this writing) there is no longer need for the sliding doors technique to create horizontally expanding elements that utilize background images. The ability to assign multiple background …

July 29, 20073 comments

Including Navigation Code On All Pages (Even With Current Navigation Highlighting!)

You've seen this a million times:

<ul> <li><a href="#">Home</a></li> <li><a href="#">About us</a></li> <li><a href="#">Contact us</a></li> </ul>

The classic menu HTML which you can transform into any number of beautiful things through CSS. You could include that in all your pages …

July 26, 20075 comments

Designing For A Lightbox

The 37 Signals Blog, Signal vs. Noise, has a post about a month ago with an interesting observation:
"Designing for the iPhone is like a hybrid of print and web design."

Their point was with the iPhone, you know the …

July 25, 20070 comments

At @ Rule CSS

The default way to include an external stylesheet is to use the the link tag inside your pages head:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="default.css" />

That is a tried and true method and supports the whole spectrum of browsers from old …

July 24, 20070 comments

Expandable CSS “Note” Box

Creating vertically-expanding boxes is easy, just declare a width in your div CSS but no height. The div will expand to as large as it needs to be for the content inside. It gets a little more complicated if you …

July 23, 20078 comments

HTML Declarations Screwing Up CSS

Has your CSS ever been acting funny on you, but it looks as if you've done everything perfectly? It just might be your HTML declarations that are screwing you up. Sometimes when you are just throwing together a little sample, …

July 22, 20073 comments

Clean Up Your CSS

Cascading Style Sheets, at its root, is intended to separate the style of a webpage from the content. That makes sense for control reasons, but also for general code beautification. Just a little browsing through the CSS Zen Garden or …

July 19, 20071 comment

A Bulletproof Sticky Footer, Woohoo!

Footers on web pages are a great place to chuck copyright information, contact links, and quick navigational stuff. Visitors are trained to look to the bottom of pages to find these types of things, so why not help them out? …

July 17, 20079 comments

Creating Clickable DIVs

DIV's are a must in all CSS-based web design. They give you all kinds of fantastic positioning ability and give structure to your HTML. You can put links inside of a DIV, of course, but sometimes you just want the …

July 16, 20075 comments

CSS Menu With Rollover Images

We just posted on the nastiness of javascript-based rollovers. We showed you the basics of how to do it with CSS instead, but now it's time to put our money where our mouths are and provide a real example.

This …

July 13, 20071 comment

Reset all Margins & Padding

* {
margin: 0;
padding: 0;

This has become a very popular technique lately, and for good reason. It removes all default margin and padding for every object on the page, no holds barred, regardless of browser. This provides …

July 10, 20070 comments

3 Styles for BIG Headers

Here are some simple styles you can use when you need a BIG header.

h1.test1 {
font-family: Georgia, sans-serif;
font-size: 5em;
letter-spacing: -2px;
h1.test2 {
font-family: "Trebuchet MS", sans-serif;
font-size: 5em;
letter-spacing: -2px;
border-bottom: 2px solid black;
text-transform: uppercase;

July 6, 20071 comment

Header Text Image Replacement

So you know that search engines like Google, Yahoo, and MSN are primarily looking at the text content of your pages to index them an determine their relevancy to searches. You also know that using header tags like <h1> in …

July 4, 20078 comments

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