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16

Sep

Remove Firefox’s Active Link Focus Outline

POSTED September 16th, 2009 by Micah in General | 2 Comments »

Firefox adds a dotted outline to any link that gets clicked, and it remains there until the new content loads. In most cases it doesn’t really matter, but for designers it has always been a bit of a nuisance. It is even more of a problem if you’re using JavaScript triggered by a traditional link to make something happen on the page. In that case the outline will just hang out until another link gets clicked, and so on.

It’s easy enough to remove altogether with a bit of CSS that I found on a blog called Keep the Web Weird, and I’ll be adding this to my browser reset CSS files from now on:

[sourcecode language=css]
*:focus {
outline: none;
}
[/sourcecode]

I had never heard of the “outline” property so I ran it through the validator and sure enough it’s valid CSS!

27

Aug

“Pages On Top” WordPress Plugin

POSTED August 27th, 2009 by Micah in Web Design, Web Development | 1 Comment »

We use WordPress as a CMS, and not every site we make has a blog integrated into it. Those who are familiar with the admin interface of WordPress 2.8 know that the first menu item on the left is “Posts” and I wanted to change that to “Pages” so that it would make more sense for the clients who don’t have any posts. Thankfully this is actually really easy to do in WordPress 2.8 and above, so I created a simple plugin that does just that, it’s called Pages On Top. Here’s what it does:

pages_on_top

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03

Aug

Good alternatives to YouTube?

POSTED August 3rd, 2009 by James in Social Media | No Comments »

UK designer Karl Bata has taken the time to create a page that showcases the latest and greatest of what the web has to offer, streaming video.  The web site, which is located here (http://kareltests.co.uk/) takes a look at the different options you have when it comes to uploading a video to the web.

There are many pros and cons to each streaming site.  They include video lengths, resolution, distribution, copyright information, thumbnails, HD embedding, revenue sharing and many more things. From a developer standpoint, there are also other factors to look into when choosing an online video streaming service.  Will your embedded video be W3C compatible?  Does the embedded layout also look good?  Many of these questions are answerered in the guide.

Joel Williams of Blog Tech guy has also taken the time to create a quick cheat-sheet when it comes to selecting an online video sharing service.  You can check out his guide here.

As the trend of online video streaming continues to grow, more services will continue to push the bounds of this technology as we move more into digital distribution.  If you are a professional in this medium, it is always nice to take the time to find which service will work best for you.  I myself, personally, would stick to using Vimeo or YouTube.  I find them both to be user-friendly, and provide a wide audience of viewers to check out your work.

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29

Jul

About Micah

POSTED July 29th, 2009 by James in | Comments Off on About Micah

My interest in design

was born during my youth in a city lovingly known as “The Heart of the Inland Empire.” That moniker is the result, as I was taught in fifth grade, of not only the city’s centrality to the region, but also it’s geographic shape. My home town is a sort of blocky, shape-shifting, ever-incorporating valentine made mostly of sage, concrete, and ponderosa pine. That’s right: Spokane, Washington is where it all happened. It was there that I began to play with computers as well. From using Print Shop on my Parents’ Apple IIe, to my first digital drawings with Aldus Freehand on their Mac several years later, It was the beginning of something great. I owe a lot of my current computer skills to the availability of those tools, so thanks Mom and Dad for the chance.

These days,

You can keep up with what’s interesting to me online by following me on twitter. I’m also on LinkedIn.

thanks for reading,

Micah


23

Jul

Our Services

POSTED July 23rd, 2009 by James in | Comments Off on Our Services

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