20 Websites To Help You Learn and Master CSS

Aug 29 2008 by Jacob Gube | 63 Comments

CSS can be both a tricky and easy to learn. The syntax itself is easy, but some concepts can be difficult to understand.

This article features 20 excellent websites to help you "grok" CSS. There’s a wide range of websites included – from blogs to directory-style lists and websites that focus on one particular topic related to CSS.

1. A List Apart CSS Topics

A List Apart CSS Topics - screen shot.

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10 Tools for Evaluating Web Design Accessibility

Aug 27 2008 by Jacob Gube | 28 Comments

Testing for web accessibility (how usable a website is by individuals with disabilities) is an often neglected part of web design and development. Web accessibility is important not only because your content will reach a wider range of audience, but also because correcting web accessibility issues have secondary benefits such as cleaner and more semantic code and better indexibility on search engines.

In this post, you’ll find 10 free tools to help you evaluate and correct issues which decrease your website’s accessibility. There was a high emphasis on the ease-of-use during the selection of these tools.

1. Firefox Accessibility Extension

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10 Adobe AIR Apps for Web Designers

Aug 19 2008 by Jacob Gube | 34 Comments

Adobe AIR – a cross-platform runtime environment for rich-internet and desktop applications – is just starting to get popular outside of the early-adopter circles, but there’s already a growing amount of tools and utilities that can help web designers with various design-related and managerial tasks.

If you’re a web designer that’s into experimenting and trying out new applications (they don’t cost a dime), check out these 10 Adobe AIR applications perfect for web designers. Graphics designers, interaction designers, and web developers might also find this collection useful.

Em Calculator

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Add Ratings, Polls and Reviews in Minutes Without Programming

Aug 14 2008 by Andreas Krohn | 19 Comments

Editor’s Note: Andreas Krohn runs the web hosting comparison site WebHostNinja.com and is blogging on digitalistic.com and on the swedish blog mashup.se.

Polling feature on WebHostNinja

There are many scripts that makes it possible to add polls, reviews and ratings to your web site relatively easily. Many of them do require a lot of configuration, uploading various files to the server and maybe even some programming to get them to work. Lately I wanted to add polls and reviews to my web hosting comparison site, but I did not have much time to spend on it, so complicated scripts where not an option. Thanks to js-kit I managed to add both a poll and hosting provider reviews in a matter of minutes. It didn’t require any programming and most of the configuration was done directly in the browser. It took me more time to style the poll and the reviews than it took to get them included in my site and working, and I suspect that most Six Revision readers are much better with CSS than I ever will be.

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Graphing/Charting Data on Web Pages: JavaScript Solutions

Aug 4 2008 by Jacob Gube | 19 Comments

Effective data visualization allows users to easily understand and consume otherwise complex, boring information. Plotting your data can serve as a replacement to tabular data, and is also a great way to add practical graphics to your web page or application. There are a variety of ways you can plot data on-the-fly – but in this article we’ll focus on 10 excellent JavaScript solutions to graphing/charting data that allow you to process data client-side. You’ll also find a link to one of the demonstration pages of the script so that you can see it in action.

Flot

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Web-Based Tools for Optimizing, Formatting and Checking CSS

Jul 12 2008 by Jacob Gube | 26 Comments

Stylesheets can get large real quickly, both in terms of length and file size. To ensure that your web pages render correctly and quickly, here’s a compilation of some of the best free, web-based CSS optimizers/compressors, code formatters, and validation services. Check them out and pick the ones that work best for you.

Optimizing and Compression

CSS Optimizer

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12 Websites To Help You Learn Flash/ActionScript

Jul 10 2008 by Jacob Gube | 68 Comments

Adobe Flash is an excellent technology that allows developers to add interactivity and smooth animations to web pages. Its popularity is so immense that you’ll find many websites dedicated to helping developers interested in Flash.

In this article, you’ll find 12 wonderful websites that’s worth a bookmark if you’re looking into sharpening your Flash development skills. For each entry, you’ll find three tutorials from the website so that you can see what’s in store for you.

1. kirupa.com

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