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As the name implies, a Cascading Style Sheet, or CSS, is a document that describes the visual style of your content. Web designers have been leveraging Cascading Styles Sheets as a tool to control content placement and text presentation in web pages for over ten years. With the advent of Web 2.0 applications, it is even more important to add control to your designs. The Webkit open source project, used in Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome, and Mozilla’s FireFox, recognize that CSS must be flexible enough to meet your design needs. To this end, there is now included in the latest versions advanced CSS styles. One of these new features is the ability to add rounded corners to objects. Adding rounded corners is not a new technique for the web. The effect, however, is created through using images and tables to create the illusion of rounded corners. Adding images to th... (more)

Using the New, Simpler DOCTYPE in HTML 5

HTML 5 is making some things easier to use. The first is the DOCTYPE. Located at the top of a Web page before the opening BODY tag, the DOCTYPE describes the syntax for the page. The roots for the DOCTYPE lie in SGML. Bearing this in mind, all DOCTYPES for HTML 4 and XHTML require a DTD (Document Type Definition) to describe the content. This is all gone in HTML 5. Now, all you have to do to declare that you are using HTML 5 as your DOCTYPE is add the following to the root of your Web page: That's it. Easy, huh? ... (more)

Microsoft Expression Web Has Got Game

In this article you will find out why Expression Web is setting a new standard for Web design and next generation Web Application development. What is the “gap” Expression Web is filling? In 2006 Microsoft began releasing a series of designer focused tools. The big question was: Why? Adobe has the best tools, doesn’t it? There is no doubt that Adobe’s tools are very good, what is clear, however, is that Microsoft is taking design seriously for this to be accomplished Microsoft does need tools that work well with their own tools. An immediate designer’s pain point for Microsoft is ... (more)

The Coolness That is HTML 5

At the moment I am working on what I think is a very cool project: a book on HTML 5. There is so much news about HTML 5 that I thought I would use this blog to kind of pull together some of the emerging features. If you are new to HTML 5, then let me give you the nickel tour. HTML 4 and XHTML were the last official versions of the HTML language (you know, that code you view when you right click in the Web browser and choose "show code"). It has been 12 years since the last upgrade. In that time we have had AJAX (or Ajax) for Web 2.0, Flash and SilverLight for Rich Internet Appl... (more)

Using Electric Rain's Swift 3D 4.5 With Macromedia Flash. It Rocks!

It may only be a point release but that doesn't mean that Electric Rain, makers of the #1 3D modeling software tool for Flash animators hasn't come out swinging. What you'll find with this new release is a tight focus on the rendering options in Swift 3D. Quick Run Down on Swift 3D First I have to admit I'm partial to Electric Rain's Swift 3D. To me, it has always been the small product that stood shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Soft Image, Max and the other big 3D boys. Swift 3D isn't the only Flash 4D design product on the market. It's simple the one outselling its comp... (more)