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multiple versions of IE on one computer
Web developers have long wished for the ability to
install multiple versions of IE on the same computer for
development purposes. Well, one
interesting article looks at how this could be done in Windows
XP. Important- Use the contained info at your own risk!
This is yet another great illustration on using
pure CSS to add rollover effects to regular menu links on a page.
rollover links walkthru
Perhaps the most comprehensive walkthru on using
CSS to apply rollover effects to regular links, this
article also showcases CSS as a much more intricate technology
than many would think.
with web standards" review
We review the high-profile book "Designing with web
standards" by web designer and standards proponent Jeffery Zeldman.
XHTML styling guide
As more and more sites abandon HTML to ride the
XHTML wave for conformity to web standards, you feel the pressure
ever more intense. Fear not. The New York Public Library has
published an excellent HTML->XHTML
styling guide that will for sure alleviate your fear and
confusion on XHTML and prepare you for the inevitable.
website prototyping tool
Denim seems to be getting lots of attention lately,
article on Wired to feature on WebMonkey. What is it? In a
nutshell, a web
site prototyping tool that allows you to intuitively
"sketch" out a site's design and test run it. Rather
cool, and very much free.
spambots that attempt to add you to their list of victims.
What do you call a cutting edge site that
blendes the art of DHTML into both its design and offerings?
is one of those more interesting services we've recently come
across. With just one snippet of code, it allows you to display
personalized messages to your visitors depending on their
DOM Tooltip is an extremely versatile and
powerful script for providing "pop up descriptions" for
links and other elements on your page when the mouse moves over
through the 10+ demo pages to see the various situations this
script can come in handy.
As CSS (cascading style sheets) matures, no
doubt more and more effects created in the past using scripting
will be replaced with merely a few lines of CSS code. Here's
an interesting, CSS version of a highlight menu effect.
If you run any kind of ecommerce site,
you're probably familiar with the term "shopping cart."
And in case you're looking for one doesn't rely on server side
manipulation, NOP's free
JS shopping cart looks promising indeed.
It's DOM this DOM that everywhere these
days it seems. Well, DOM this- a
calendar script written completely using the DOM of IE5/NS6.
Each day of the month is hyperlinked, making it easy to execute
different functions when a particular date is clicked on. Enjoy.
review: DHTML The Definitive Reference
We review O'Reilly's popular DHTML Book-
"The Definitive Reference (2nd edition)", and see if
it's the guiding light in today's DHTML mayhem.
touts itself as the only cross browser "tree" menu
script with a graphical interface (optional) for specifying
the links. Based on the demos, it's quite impressive any way you
look at it.
Frontpage code cleaner
If you use MS Frontpage to create
your webpages, no doubt at some point you've come to be appalled
by the kind of HTML it generates. Redundant and incorrectly
closed-off tags litter your pages' source, bloating their file
size at the same time.
online tool runs after Frontpage and attempts to "cleans
up" some of the damage, primarily removing redundant tags.
The result is usually a leaner, faster downloading webpage.
Warning- As with any
automated tool, it's not perfect. Always make a backup of your
original webpage beforehand.
This is a free DHTML component
that transforms your regular form TEXTAREAs into rich HTMLArea.
Now instead of just plain text, your <textarea> can accept
HTML (rich text, images etc).
Note that this component
currently only works in IE. An impressive demonstration of the
formatting abilities of DHTML, nevertheless.
menu animation script illustrates the use of Dynamic CSS to
"zoom in" on elements on a page. It's impressive, though
unfortunately as is only works in IE5+. Serves as good
inspiration for cool menu effects, however!
Is your site slow or inaccessible?
is your first line of offense in determining the problem,
through the combination of trace route and ping. Enter your site
address, and watch Ping Plotter graphically plot the route to it
from your computer, revealing along the way any problematic spots.
ultimate form validation script?
Form validation to different
people mean different things, from ensuring that a valid number is
entered to enforcing the length of a field's input. This
JS validation script attempts to cover all the major bases.
How successful- and useful- is it? We'll let you be the
Scrollbars can only appear on the
right side of content, right? Well, not according to this
example. Thanks to Quiet
Storm for sending us the technique. IE6 required.
This demo combines two popular
aspects of DHTML- animation and image fading- to create a very
impressive fading image intro. It's a good testimony to the
possibilities of the technology.
Bummer: This script
requires IE5+, and due to the complexity of the effect, a fast
computer to render smoothly. To retrieve the source code, simply
view source on the demo page.
Thanks to Xabier
Vázquez for the effect.
Tony Foster, a Dynamic Drive
visitor, has created this mesmerizing image flashlight demo to
illustrate the power of DHTML. Adjust the light settings and shine
a flash light on an image. You'll need IE4+ to view this
Have a little fun operating a
virtual forklift before moving on with your daily chores and
events :) Bring your IE (or NS4) for this one.
CodingForums.com is the new
general web building!
13th Parallel- DHTML
experiments and articles
Parallel is a cutting edge DHTML site keen on getting
developers to think out-of-the-box when DHTML scripting. Updated
monthly with thought provoking articles and tutorials, it's
definitely worth a visit.
Browser trends- IE6
popularity suffocating NS
new report by data mining company WebsideStory
reaffirms IE's dominance in the browser market, with IE5 and IE6
reporting back as the two most popular browsers online. Of
interest is the steady increase in popularity of IE6, now
comprising 30% (up from 24% 7 months ago) of total browsers used.
All this comes at the expense of NS, which continues to dwindle in
popularity (7% of market).
The report does make special note
of AOL's potential role in upsetting the current browser trends. Earlier
this year AOL indicated it may be dropping
IE in favor of its own browser (variant of Netscape 6) as the
default browser for its service soon. AOL has 34 million users.
SVG is an emerging web standard that
promises to take client-side scripting to the next level, by
allowing for the creation of vector animations and filter effects
using pure scripting. A lot of buzz has been surrounding this
technology in recent months- see what they're all about, with the
below SVG starting points:
- W3C's SVG proposal
SVG plugin download (required to view SVG)
- KevLinDev Guru
is real Flash"
ReplaceEm- search-and-replace program
your site grows in number of pages, so does the difficulty of
updating shared information (ie: copyright notice or site URL)
across all these pages. We recently had to change some 900 pages
of a site for various changes (site name, URL etc), and needed the
most robust search-and-replace program out there. Our findings? BK
ReplaceEm is an eventual must have program for any webmaster
working with a growing site.
experiments in DHTML and beyond
Glen's scripting lab and see some interesting concoctions of
DHTML, Java, XML, and more.
DHTML toolkit for 3D apps
you're looking to render 3D models using DHTML, 3dhtml is an
excellent starting point, with tutorials, custom code, and
references on the subject.
CSS effects for NS6/Mozilla forms
Netscape 6 may not be catching on yet,
but when it comes to support for CSS, it's sure has caught up with IE.
Tuxracer (a Dynamic Drive surfer) demonstrates this with three neat
CSS effects for forms. Bring your NS6/Mozilla browser!
answers in your life? Don't want to pay $50 to Miss Cleo to find
out? Pay the DHTML "Ouija"
board a visit instead!
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All- Script works with Netscape 4 AND Internet Explorer
NS- Indicates script works with Netscape 4
(NOT NS 6 yet)
IE- Indicates script works with Internet Explorer 4
index set up on script category pages to indicate script works in NS6