Christian Ziebarth

Archive for January 2009

A Dash of Progressive Enhancement

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Here’s a little example of spicing up forms a bit with minimal effort. A recent project I did was for a notary company (TCC Notary). Most of the pages on their site had forms that could easily be broken down into logical fieldset groupings.

Each box looked fine on its own but when you stacked them up their “boxiness” really came through. I started by giving the first fieldset on each page a non-repeating background image set to appear in the lower right corner. The image is the gray “TCC.” Any fieldset between the first and the last one is a normal, squared-off box, while the last fieldset on each page has a rounded lower right corner: Read the rest of this entry »

Indentation Sensation

In Uncategorized on January 13, 2009 at 8:36 pm

When I first began learning HTML in 1998 my messy code very easily qualified for the epithet “tag soup.” Quite often I had very little clue what I was doing and very often was copying somebody else’s code and simply changing the content without touching the tags so I wouldn’t “screw anything up.”

As I started to learn more about HTML from online tutorials and books (yes, I learned quite a bit from HTML for Dummies in 1998) I would see it advised that an HTML coder should “indent their code.” But I never saw anywhere an explanation as to what should be indented, what it should be indented in relation to, how much it should be indented, if indentation meant anything more to the logic of the code than just “some lines don’t start at the far left edge,” etc. Still, back then I wasn’t sure if these were even valid or important questions. So I would go through my code and randomly indent some lines then think, “There, my code’s indented. I hope those online tutorials are happy now.” Read the rest of this entry »

Fraction Subtraction

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Here’s a little plea: While the idea of an HTML 5 is now floating around I am wondering if any browser developers would like to support two new special character entities. We already have ¼, ½, and ¾ to represent ¼, ½, and ¾. Couldn’t we add ⅓ and ⅔ to represent one-thirds and two-thirds?

I realize this is a small request but that should make it easy to implement and I’d use it a lot and I think others would too.

Update (April 23, 2013)

⅓ and ⅔ now actually convert to the proper fraction form and result in: ⅓ and ⅔.