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What I included and what I trashed…

During the building phase of my project, I have realised what I have time for and what I don’t have time for. I gave up some of the things I thought I could do without sacrificing the overall learning goals I set for myself. I have been enjoying styling my website with CSS and I have found a way to make the images on my site hover with CSS rather than using Javascript.

This link was the basis of the image hover and I tweaked it for my own purposes http://www.dynamicdrive.com/style/csslibrary/item/css-image-gallery/ – I found Javascript to be too hard to learn for me in a short space of time.

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Useful website design tecnniques

This is a useful website to get out of my perspective and take advice from the user’s side http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/15/10-useful-techniques-to-improve-your-user-interface-designs/. I couldn’t incorporate all of these techniques but used the advice on colour and making sure there is space between letters to make my text more readable on my site. The website shows how small changes can effect the usability of your website and that paying attention to the detail can pay off.

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Javascript

I have watched the video for tomorrow and I understand the premise behind Javascript and when someone describes it slowly to me I can get it but when I look at a line of code, it confuses me. Lucky I didn’t pick it as a large part of my project, not sure if I will use it at all. I know it can do loads of cool interactive things and that it is good practise to have an external file to accommodate people who have not enabled it – so that the code is not embedded into the html. But I think it would take me ages to be a wizz at Javascript. Funnily enough php seems more logical to me!

Does anyone else feel this way about Javascript?

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

CSS Positioning

I haven’t blogged for a bit, I have been experimenting, building and researching all at once.

I am developing my final project and I am playing around with CSS positioning – fixed, absolute and relative, to position information on my website.

Fixed position is fixing the position of an element so that when the user scrolls it stays in that same position.

Relative positioned element can be used for container blocks – as they are relative to their normal position. Absolute positioned elements are removed from the normal flow (default page behaviour) and are absolute to the first parent element (can be the relative positioned element). This link describes it well http://bavotasan.com/tutorials/absolute-and-relative-positions-in-css/.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment