There is always a lesson or two to take away from these, and it could help you enter the New Year with a variety of new skills in your portfolio.
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“Once upon a time some really good web developers created sIFR. Their goal was to seamlessly convert HTML headlines into nice fonts. Well, these developers did a great job getting it to work nicely. Looking at their code, I decided I would create a “lite” version of sIFR using a more object-oriented approach. sIFR Lite is a bit easier to read, and more intuitive to use.”
Support for 24-bit PNG alpha-translucency background-image + background-position + background-repeat for IE 6 at last!
The EqualHeights jQuery Plugin
“Creating equal-height columns with CSS is sometimes a bear. But who needs the hassle of faux columns, “clear” divs and the rest? With this bit of jQuery, you can easily equalize the heights of any group of elements.”
jQuery.popeye – an inline lightbox alternative
“The plugin transforms an unoredered list of images into a box displaying only one preview image at a time. The box has controls to skim through the preview images and to enlarge a given image. The box expands to accomodate the enlarged version, while the controls are hidden in full image size mode. A simple click on the image returns the box to its compact state.”
An easy way to implement round corners in IE.
“No 9-cell tables for one round box. No images. Doesn’t add a half-dozen or more HTML nodes to a container element (more like one, maximum of two, and only in IE).”
“Niceforms is a script that will replace the most commonly used form elements with custom designed ones. You can either use the default theme that is provided or you can even develop your own look with minimal effort.”
jQuery Corners 0.3
“This jQuery plugin will easily create beautifully rounded corners. No images or obtrusive markup necessary.”
Another round corner script for your benefit!
Superfish jQuery menu plugin
“jParallax turns a selected element into a ‘window’, or viewport, and all its children into absolutely positioned layers that can be seen through the viewport. These layers move in response to the mouse, and, depending on their dimensions (and options for layer initialisation), they move by different amounts, in a parallaxy kind of way.”
A pure CSS technique to position fixed footers, tested down to IE 5.5.
Stop using Ajax!
“Ajax is a sound and useful idea. But every idea comes down to a practical implementation – a technology that makes it happen – and in this case the technology is immature, because it leaves groups of users behind. Most notable and greatly affected are those using assistive technologies, but also those using less capable browsers that don’t support the necessary scripting objects, or don’t support scripting at all. ”
This is how you get sIFR to work
“The goal of this tutorial is to distill the information at the official site for sIFR into a simple step-by-step process of how to implement sIFR on your site.
After following this tutorial you will have a basic understanding of how sIFR works and will be able to expand into more advanced areas.”
Nothing more, nothing less! Check it out.
Top 5 Favorite Bookmarklets
5 Useful Coding Solutions For Designers and Developers
“Often creative and truly remarkable design solutions remain unknown because we, designers, simply overlook them. Being busy with our own projects, we sometimes try to grasp the intuition behind (probably) complex and cluttered code of other designers to understand how they manage to implement particular design ideas. In fact, by just observing the code of other developers we can learn a lot from them; we can find interesting ideas and improve the quality of our work.”
Calling WebServices via AJAX
Most Wanted Ajax Techniques: 50+ Examples and Tutorials
50 Excellent AJAX Tutorials
AJAX provides Web developers with plenty of opportunities to enhance the user experience and improve the performance of their websites. There are countless ways that AJAX can be used, and fortunately there are plenty of good and useful AJAX tutorials out there to help you with your own implementation.
This post serves as a collection of useful tutorials on working with AJAX in a wide variety of ways. ”
10 things IT needs to know about Ajax
The introduction of any new Web technology will affect a network’s infrastructure in ways that range from inconsequential to earth shattering. Ajax is one of the more disruptive new Web technologies traveling across networks today. To help you minimize future surprises on your network, we’ve outlined the 10 things you should take to heart about Ajax. ”
jquery.timepickr was created in a attempt to make the process of inputing time in a form as easy and natural as possible.”