Why We Still Need Web-safe Fonts

Dec 30 2013 by Alexander Dawson | 12 Comments

During the early days of the Web, there wasn’t a standard font that could be rendered across all platforms. However, some fonts — like Arial, Helvetica, and Times New Roman — were more likely to be installed in a person’s computer. These popular system fonts are called Web-safe fonts. It was the best practice in web design to stick to them.

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Trying to Navigate Website Navigation

Aug 4 2011 by Jason Mark | 24 Comments

Let’s start off with a simple task. Most web users can find the primary navigation on the image below, but take a few moments to see if you can find the secondary navigation.

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A Comprehensive Guide Inside Your <head>

Sep 14 2010 by Alexander Dawson | 28 Comments

A Comprehensive Guide Inside Your <head>

As web designers and developers, we pay so much attention to what’s directly on the screen (or in our code) that the <head> of a document and what’s inside is often considered as an afterthought.

While in many cases it’s true that what appears on the screen is the most important part of a website (the content is what people visit a site for), the "thinking code" inside the <head> of our documents plays an important role.

This article will examine exactly what can fit inside a website’s head.

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20 HTML Best Practices You Should Follow

Aug 16 2010 by Saqib Sarwar | 109 Comments

20 XHTML Best Practices for Beginners

Most of the web pages you encounter is presented to you via HTML, the world wide web’s markup language. In this article, I will share with you 20 best practices that will lead to clean and correct markup.

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I Never Meta URL Like You Before: A Short Domain Name Trick

Aug 13 2010 by Arley McBlain | 41 Comments

I Never Meta URL Like You Before: A Short Domain Name Trick

I love a good domain name. I sometimes look wistfully back at my youth and think about the swell URLs I would have bought if I had an inkling about what the Internet would become.

Today you’re lucky if you find a relevant, memorable domain that isn’t parked or in use — luckier still if it’s short.

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5 Web Files That Will Improve Your Website

Jul 15 2010 by Alexander Dawson | 77 Comments

5 Web Files That Will Improve Your Website

The amount of code that developers encounter regularly is staggering. At any one time, a single site can make use of over five different web languages (i.e. MySQL, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML).

There are a number of lesser-known and underused ways to enhance your site with a few simple but powerful files. This article aims to highlight five of these unsung heroes that can assist your site. They’re pretty easy to use and understand, and thus, can be great additions to the websites you deploy or currently run.

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Problems with Using Website Validation Services

Jun 7 2010 by Alexander Dawson | 29 Comments

Problems with Using Website Validation Services

Amongst the basic skills that fledgling designers and developers should know is the art of website validation.

Website validation consists of using a series of tools such as W3C’s Markup Validation Service that can actively seek out and explain the problems and inconsistencies within our work.

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